Opinion: FOIA helps keep government transparent

Independence Day 2014 marks 48 years since the landmark Freedom of Information Act went into effect — yet Americans are still distrustful of government.

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966. This legislation gives citizens the right to request and obtain documents from any agency of the Executive Branch of the United States Government except those that are exempted by statute such as classified documents.

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