New Measure Allows Agencies To Deny Documents Exis
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DOJ Resurrects 1984 Memory Hole with New FOIA Rule
Normally if the government wants to deny a FOIA request, they will see if it falls into the category of any one of the many exemptions that would allow them to deny the request. If it does qualify for one of those many exemptions, then they will simply send you a denial letter and reference the applicable exemption. However if and when this new rule goes into place, it essentially allows the government to legally lie about the existence of â€œexcluded documentsâ€. Excluded documents, are documents that have been memory-holed, documents that officially â€” do not exist.