Rickie Traeger: Quick Friday Night Blog 

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 Quick Friday Night Blog 

I have been doing a lot of FOIA research lately.  Local agencies like to deny the FOIA requests. So I am trying to learn the laws and up my game on the FOIA stuff.  I know the one guy hates RS, and he likes to deny stuff just to do it.  Many have told me that, lol.    So, basically I have to up my game 🙂    I have seeked the knowledge of many lawyers, people who do FOIA’s,  Muckrock, Reporters Committee, etc…

I lost a ton of previous FOIA requests, from a data crash. So I lost a ton of FOIA stuff from the past 🙁

In a way that is good, because now I have a lot of room for future requests.   And also many of those who have helped me and inspired me recommended using DoucumentCloud. So I can save everything online now as I file the FOIA stuff and the responses. And make them public from there. I can see why they recommended that site 🙂

My overall goal is to be the #1 local site to not only bring people information as to what is going on. But to also do it as in depth as possible and accurately as possible.  The FOIA stuff, is the best way to do that.  Yes, it may not be done in a timely manner, because FOIA stuff takes some time. But it will be the most accurate information.

But in order for them to start approving my FOIA requests, I have to keep learning and figure out how to get this FOIA officer to approve my requests. I do not want to go down the appeal way. Although I have several times now. I would rather have a good open line of communication with the FOIA officer. Instead of having to bring in a 3rd party to do an investigation on the FOIA appeals.  I know many lawyers have wanted to help me with the denials. I just don’t want to do the whole court thing, if it isn’t necessary. It is better to have open lines of communication…

I know many lawyers have wanted to bring my FOIA denials to court. Because they said they know they could win the appeals and were strongly confident in doing so.  I haven’t chosen that road yet.  I rather play this game of chess and learn along the way. And keep gathering stuff to research as to what they approved, what they denied, who did what, when, where, etc…

See, we live in a life of patterns and routines.  Many do not realize this, nor do they care.  But the reality is, if you can find the pattern to something, you can find the resolute.

You have to look at all the details in the situation.  Small details as in what day did they respond? What time did they respond? What was the response? How was the response? Who did the response? What agency did the response? What was the denial for? What information did they provide in the response? I mean the equations can go on and on. That is just a few questions of many that you have to start looking at the pattern for.  Once you establish a baseline then you start to fine tune things.

If you incorporate this into your life and start looking at patterns, you will become a very knowledgeable individual. The little things are what makes the overall picture. “It is not just 1 megapixel that forms a photograph, but millions of megapixels to form the beauty of 1 photograph.” ~ Rickie Traeger

So I am hoping to step up my game and having them approve some FOIA requests in the future to help bring accurate information to the public.  Keep your fingers crossed…


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