Who’s Afraid of Government Secrets? Not You!

Jim O’Reilly

The average young lawyer doesn’t know how powerful the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can be. I was one of you when four legal publishers dissed my proposal for a FOIA book in 1976 because “nobody’s using FOIA, nobody ever will, so why waste money printing a loser?” Four decades and $1.4 million in royalties later, my writing and counseling about opening up agencies have proven to be a great hobby. You too can win using FOIA. Try these ten easy steps:

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