The Limits of FOIA
Presentation: Nicholson Baker vs the CIA
Nearly a decade ago, while investigating the possibility that the United States had used biological weapons in the Korean War, one of America’s most inventive and challenging novelists Nicholson Baker requested a series of Air Force documents under the provisions of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Thus began the odyssey of non-discovery and a frustrating paper trail in search of the truth which he documents in his new book Baseless. For Symposium Baker talks about the limits of FOIA and what can be done about them.
Panel debate: The Limits of FOIA
What are the limits of Freedom of Information legislation internationally, and is the game always worth the candle? How can investigators access “closed files” which fall outside the purview of FOIA legislation? Does it help to forge alliances with lawyers or friendly NGOs? Are there any other hidden strategies which can force information out in the public interest?
- 19 November 2020 16.00–17.30 Time zone: GMT