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Product Details

  • Paperback: 711 pages
  • Publisher: Electronic Privacy Information Center; 25 edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098216341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982163412
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,413,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The EPIC FOIA litigation manual will help ensure that those who are pursuing open government requests understand their rights, and the best strategies to pursue their requests." --Senator Patrick Leahy

"The EPIC FOIA litigation manual remains the one indispensable tool for any lawyer representing clients seeking information from a federal agency or any lawyer thinking about bringing a FOIA case against the government. The book is a comprehensive, thoughtful, and easy-to-follow guide to open government litigation and is invaluable to practitioners." --Professor David Vladeck, Georgetown University Law Center

"Deserves a place in the library of everyone who is involved in, or thinking about, litigation under the Freedom of Information Act." --Steve Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 22, 2011
I'm exploring a major campaign to expose illegal actions across the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals and the Defense Intelligence Agency in particular, and in talking to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) leadership got a chance to understand just how vital and USEFUL this guide is.

Senator Patrick Leahy, co-sponsor of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, and many others are on record as considering this the single most indispensable tool in any citizen's toolkit.

For myself, having seen the caparicious, arbitrary, and often unethical and even abusive manner in which DIA Personnel "cooks the books" and manipulates job announcements and screening decisions, and having been personally privy to enormous abuse by the Director of the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals and a specifc group of his subordinates, consider this manual essential to my own search for justice.

Although I will use it more to inform myself so I can assist the specialist lawyers in making the most of what I know in their probing inquires at DIA and DOHA, I certainly recommend it to any citizen that has a specific concern that is not getting a fair hearing.

I also recommend the publisher and experts that put it together, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). Many folks do not realize that they have been one of the leading champions of open government, and have also been one of the leading champions in exposing fraud, waste, and abuse that has been concealed by secrecy.

The US Government, in my view, as a general observation, is out of control and no longer representative of We the People.
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… which makes it the leader by default.

It is very thorough about the Federal FOIA. It deals in passing with the Privacy Act. It doesn't touch similar state-level laws.

It is unfortunately quite poorly edited. There are multiple passages that are wholesale repetitions (or repetitiveness that should've been fixed), various typos and unclear writing, etc.

The content itself is excellent. There's a lot of detail on every aspect of the FOIA, thorough case citations (both pro and con the authors' clear perspective), and a fairly helpful section on FOIA litigation. And unlike many legal books, the page is almost entirely actual text rather than footnotes.

I would suggest that anyone considering this book first read
a) the DoJ's FOIA and Privacy Act Guides [...]
b) the Congressional FOIA guide [...]
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This is an extremely useful resource for anyone who regularly avails themselves of the Freedom of Information Act--it lays out the latest law, and it's put together by some of the most active FOIA lawyers in the country.
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