Nieman Lab: FOIA the Dead uses The New York Times’ obituaries to shine a light on FBI surveillance, for the living

Nieman Lab: FOIA the Dead uses The New York Times’ obituaries to shine a light on FBI surveillance, for the living. “A person’s FBI file becomes available to the public at the moment they die. [Parker] Higgins wrote a script that lets him automatically send a FOIA request for the FBI file of every public figure listed in The New York Times’ obituary pages (not the paid death notices). So far, he has sent 1,300 requests, roughly two-thirds of which have been processed so far. Higgins got back FBI files for about 29 of them, and in a roughly equal number of cases, he was told he’d need to file a second request because the files had been moved to the National Archive.” He is posting the files he receives to a Web site.

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