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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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The Freedom of Information Act came into effect in 1966 and establishes that any person including US citizens, foreign citizens, organizations, universities, state and local governments has the right to access the records of federal agencies, unless those records fall into a specific exemption category. The categories of exemption include national security information, trade secrets or matters of personal privacy among others.

The purpose of the FOIA is to ensure that the citizens of a democracy are informed about the workings of government. A government that cannot operate in secrecy is accountable to the citizens. As citizens, we have a right to know what our country is involved in and how our nation conducts itself. Military members or their families may wish to request information from the department of defense. In order to successfully access the information you are seeking from the DoD, it is important to contact a military criminal defense lawyer to help guide you through the process.

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No single Department of Defense office has access to all records. Rather, each component - Military Services, Combatant Commands, and Department of Defense Agencies - responds to requests for its own records. The process can be both challenging and frustrating but don't be discouraged. A skilled and resourceful military criminal attorney from the Federal Practice Group understands the process and may be able to help you access the records you are looking for. Our dedicated attorneys proudly assist the men and women who serve our nation as well as their families. The firm passionately believes in the principals of the Freedom of Information Act and will aggressively pursue your rights under the act.