A fundamental maxim of American political philosophy is the right of each citizen to know what his government is doing. Political leaders have repeatedly assured the American people that government activities are consistent with the ideals of a free and open society. Whatever confidence the American people may have bestowed upon their government as a result of such pronouncements, it was shattered by the revelations of Watergate, and other allegations of illegal activities attributed to several government agencies. Concurrent with these debilitating developments was the less visible bureaucratic obstruction of the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (FOIA).
Louis A. Fuselier & Armin J. Moeller Jr.,
NLRB Investigatory Records: Disclosure Under the Freedom of Information Act,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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