Lawsuits up despite White House transparency pledge
By The Post's government accountability reporter Carol Leonnig:
More than 300 people and groups have sued the Obama administration fighting to get federal government records in the year since President Obama pledged his administration would be the most open in history.
In case after case, the plaintiffs contend that little has changed since the Bush administration, when most began their quests for records. Agencies still often fight requests for disclosure, contending that national security and internal decision making needs to be protected.
The lawsuits cover a wide range of issues. A retired Marine wants to review soldier autopsies to learn whether the Pentagon has issued defective body armor. A Texas law professor questions whether the route for the Mexico-U.S. border fence unfairly harmed minority landowners. Closer to home, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation continues its fight to learn whether agencies are properly punishing those who destroy wetlands.
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