On “Quotes” and Reconstructed Dialogue in Journalism

It bothers me to read, in your standard Bob Woodward style insider book or personal memoirs by retired officials, dialogue from private conversations that has quotation marks around it. To me, quotation marks are for verbatim comments. In reporting out behind-the-scenes stuff, we journalists can reconstruct approximate dialogue drawn from people’s memories (ideally, cross-referencing multiple […]

We’re asking a court to force the government to disclose more of its surveillance-related inspector general reports for public scrutiny

“Under FOIA, courts are not rendered mere bystanders whenever the executive branch declares something classified.” — NYT motion Today, the New York Times filed a memorandum of law in support of its motion for summary judgment in another one of my Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. This case involves a series of inspector general reports about government […]

A partial victory (for now) in my FOIA lawsuit about the Justice Department’s investigation into the CIA black-site program

Today, Federal District Court Judge J. Paul Oetkin issued an important ruling in one of the Freedom of Information Act lawsuits I am fighting with the New York Times. It was a partial victory and a partial defeat. I have posted his memorandum opinion and order below. The lawsuit concerns my FOIA request for documents related […]