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That’s a Glomar!

May 21st, 2013 · 57 Comments

A little ditty I wrote for frustrated journalists, activists, and academics to sing while tangling with our beloved, Byzantine Freedom of Information Act process—to the tune of “That’s Amore,” of course:

When your FOIA reply
Can’t confirm or deny
That’s a Glomar! (That’s a Glomar!)

When you need x-ray spex
To read your Vaughn Index
That’s a Glomar! (That’s a Glomar!)

At this rate seems you gotta litigate with the state
And you’ll hate the procedures protracted

Then you’ll cry when they finally comply with a sigh
And supply… docs entirely redacted.

When “state secrets” are a host
Of facts published in the Post
That’s a Glomar! (That’s a Glomar!)

When exemption 7(e)
Covers everything you wanna see
That’s… the gov!

Tags: Privacy and Surveillance



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