Posted: February 21, 2012 in Politics


On September 23, 2011 the CIA launched a covert attack on Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) by entering new regulation changes into the Federal Register, which gouge requesters with outrageous fees for submitting MDR requests.

While the CIA no doubt wanted to avoid the publicity the Department of Justice received after their ill-conceived FOIA regulations, the draconian regs are garnering attention. The most ludicrous and unprecedented of the fee changes would charge requesters up to $72 per hour for searches, even if no documents are located, and $15 minimum for duplication fees.

It’s hard to imagine that these fee hikes are anything other than an attempt to dissuade people from filing MDRs, which is an effective and increasingly popular tool that takes the declassification process out of the CIA’s overly-secretive hands. At the end of the MDR process, ISCAP – the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel based at the National…

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