Saturday, August 03, 2013

NSA FOIA fail is fail

I blogged about my NSA FOIA response, and how it didn't even match my request. A guy "Cody" at DefCon showed me an even better response:  his FOIA response was for the wrong person, meant for somebody in Germany (not even a citizen) instead of himself.

If you click on the picture, you can see it's the same form-letter response I got, just to a different person with a different case number. As you can see, the case numbers are probably sequential.

I can understand the NSA's perspective. They got a flood of requests that they are probably going to deny anyway, and carefully considering each one would take months with the limited resources they have. Therefore, they sent out the quick denial.

But at the same time, this subverts the intent of FOIA: the people holding government accountable. The NSA exploits fear of terrorism and the "necessity" of secrets to hold itself above accountability. This is just another example of their malicious intent to hide from us.


Anonymous said...

this has been going on for a long time:

@_morcel said...

Ok this is crazy, I was just told on twitter that I can find my FOIA response here... and well I found it! Disturbing ^^. Greets from Karlsruhe, Germany