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DoJ Answers FOIA Request After Six Years With No Real Information 107

An anonymous reader writes "In response to a Freedom of Information Act request about Google's 2007 complaint against Windows Vista search interference, the Department of Justice has after six years released 114 partially redacted pages and 60 full pages of material. Yet these 'responsive documents' consist of public news articles and email boilerplate. All the substantive information has been blacked out."
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DoJ Answers FOIA Request After Six Years With No Real Information

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  • No surprise (Score:5, Insightful)

    by john82 ( 68332 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @09:20AM (#43411355)

    News Flash:

    "A recent study has determined that Democrat administrations in Washington are just as bad as their Republican counterparts. There's just as much lying, corruption, scandal, debt, malfeasance and general stupidity. In fact, other than their respective logos, there appears to be no difference at all.

    Film at 11."

  • by mwvdlee ( 775178 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @09:28AM (#43411419) Homepage

    The only thing worst than government secrets is badly regulated government transparency so you can no longer legitimately complain about a lack of transparency but only about quality of service.

  • by kelemvor4 ( 1980226 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @09:37AM (#43411499)
    He already has been. The result here is that the federal government is more transparent than it has ever been before. It's not as open as some of us would like. Still, it's definitely a huge improvement over previous administrations.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @09:53AM (#43411637)

    Still, it's definitely a huge improvement over previous administrations.

    In what ways? Please be specific.

  • by Impy the Impiuos Imp ( 442658 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @10:01AM (#43411697) Journal

    Gray uses less ink than black. They're trying to be the good guys -- green.

    Similarly, I'll bet our government is considering charging the families of the executed the cost of the bullet, or drugs, like other countries do, to help reduce the deficit.

  • Great Black Hope (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @10:07AM (#43411735)

    In my family, there are a few die hard Baby Boomer ex-hippie Democrats. They live in Berkeley, BTW.

    They were so exited about Obama and I admit, I was too because the old rich White guys haven't done anything for me either so I thought. "Maybe this guy will shake things up."

    My Gen X cynicism has kicked in and it's the same old same old.

    My Baby Boomer Berkley relatives? They think Obama sucks. now - But STILL better than ANY Republican.

    They are searching for the next Great Liberal Hope.

    Of course, the Dems will fuck it up and the Reps will get a second wind in '16 - assuming they smarten up and drop the whole "Social Values" horse shit.

    Reps: Smaller Government, lower taxes, less regulations - where it's warranted, and less government in our private lives will get you into the Whitehouse again - see. Barry Goldwater's writings for ideas. His time has come postmortem.

  • by Thruen ( 753567 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @10:35AM (#43411985)
    Considering the delay was six years, the request took place during the Bush administration, and under his administration it was never answered. So what exactly is your point? It's high time we stopped making these into republican-democrat issues when it's really much broader than that. One guys points out Obama lies, another points out Bush lies, and we all just point fingers claiming the other party is worse instead of realizing they're both pulling the same shit. Wrong is wrong, it's not any worse because the guy you didn't vote for did it this time, especially when the guy you DID vote for was doing the exact same thing right before him.
  • by girlinatrainingbra ( 2738457 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @10:37AM (#43411999)
    Unfortunately for us citizens of the U.S.A., the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) serves exactly the same purpose that the White House Petitions page "We the People" serves: no purpose other than to coddle the masses and trick them into believing that they are being listened to...
    Then they respond to us with "cute little children, we promise not to build any death stars,... really..." rather than even bother to answer substantively to any questions about real matters. It's just another bureaucratic layer they can point to and say: "look, the process is this, why don't you just follow the outlined process, and wait your time, and we'll get back to you. don't call us, we'll call you."
    It's a damn shame that people really believe this is supposed to work rather than just to mollify, pacify, and distract while government's business as usual continues to happen away from our eyes and our heart's wishes.
  • by Dishevel ( 1105119 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @10:45AM (#43412087)

    To be fair once he cited "Executive Privilege" over the information pertaining to "Fast and Furious" he proved one of two things.
    Either ...
    A: He was deeply involved and there were documents involving "Fast and Furious" and the White House.


    B: The White House had nothing to do with "Fast and Furious" and he lied to Congress to protect Holder.

    So either way he is just another scumbag politician that should have very bad things happen to him.

  • by rickb928 ( 945187 ) on Wednesday April 10, 2013 @10:51AM (#43412165) Homepage Journal

    All legislation is someone's morality.

    if you don't get that yet. you're losing.

What this country needs is a good five cent ANYTHING!