by Robert E. Wright
The American Institute for Economic Research
A FOIA (pronounced “foy uh,” at least in the Midwest) request is a call for information from a government agency under a Freedom of Information Act. The U.S. federal government and lots of others allow citizens to make such requests, ostensibly because “informed citizens [are] vital to the functioning of a democratic society.”
I say ostensibly because a good case can be made that FOIA request systems are necessary only because politicians SUCK (pronounced “suck,” at least in the Midwest). FOIA systems are not in American constitutions and in fact discussion of them dates from the 1950s and the rise of the military-industrial complex.