It was 48 years ago this Fourth of July weekend that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the original two-page Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). LBJ reportedly was reluctant about opening federal records to the public, but he nonetheless promoted it by saying this would be “the most transparent” administration in history. Just kidding about that last part. I don’t remember LBJ ever using the meaningless mush words of today such as “transparency” or “sustainability.” He ran the government like his personal fiefdom, and everybody who was not comatose at the time knew it. FOIA became effective a year
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