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Gimme Some TruthThe John Lennon FBI Files$
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Jon Wiener

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520216464

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520216464.001.0001

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The Clinton Administration Takes Action

The Clinton Administration Takes Action

(p.76) 4 The Clinton Administration Takes Action
Gimme Some Truth

Jon Wiener

University of California Press

President Clinton delivered a ringing endorsement of the FOIA in October 1993. He announced an “openness initiative” under which all federal agencies were required to renew their commitment to the Freedom of Information Act and to its sound administration. All agencies were obliged to take a fresh look at their administration of the Act, to reduce backlogs of FOIA requests, and to conform to a new standard in litigation. Up to that idea, almost a year into Clinton's first term, the Reagan administration guidelines still governed Clinton's Justice Department FOIA litigation. Under the new litigation guidelines promulgated the same day by Attorney General Janet Reno, the Department of Justice was forced to conduct a comprehensive review of all FOIA cases in litigation at that point, including Wiener v. FBI, to determine whether they met the new and higher standard required to justify withholding information: “foreseeable harm.”

Keywords:   administration, agencies, litigation, Janet Reno, endorsement

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