ThinProgress has this report on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his past actions in regard to the FOIA and transparency. Issa is the chair of the House Oversight Committee, which is looking into agency FOIA operations.
The US Marshals Service has released its mug shots of accused Arizona shooter Jared Loughner rather than pursue its defense of withholding the material under the FOIA. The photos and more information can be found at TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Bloomberg reports that the Obama Administration has asked the Supreme Court to reject the request of the Banks' Consortium Clearing House that the Supreme Court review the First Circuit's decision on the FOIA case originally brought by Bloomberg. Bloomberg sought data on emergency loans given out during the end of the Bush administration when the economy was in free fall.
The government originally sided with the Banks when the case was at district court and the First Circuit. Bloomberg reports that bureacrats were leaning towards siding with the Banks in asking for Supreme Court revew, but were overruled by the acting Solicitor General.
The Hill reports that the GOP has made a FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security for records on Secretary Janet Napolitano. The records would likely be used against Napolitano if she runs for the Senate seat being vacated by current Senator John Kyl.
Josh Gerstein of Politico has the details of the government's request that the United States Marshal's Service be allowed to withhold photos of Jared Loughner who is charged with shooting Representative Gabrielle Giffords and killing a number of other people. Politico and a number of other media organizations have requested the photos pursuant to the FOIA.
One Circuit (the sixth) has ruled that these types of photos must be released; the others have either never ruled or ruled differently than the Sixth Circuit. Arizona, where the case is, is in the Ninth Circuit.
Politico reports that the Government has won summary judgment on a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on documents concerning enhanced interrogation techniques used by the Bush administration. After releasing and segregating certain documents, United States District Judge for the District of Columbia Rosemary Collyer said the government's use of Exemptions 1, 3, 5 and 6 were proper.
Among the Exemption 5 privileges used was the presidential communications privilege which protects material going to the President and his top advisors.