Judge berates CBP in partial victory for press freedom group

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By Victoria McKenzie (October 19, 2021, 9:26 p.m. EDT) – A federal judge in DC on Monday ordered US Customs and Border Protection to release previously withheld documents related to the government’s 2017 attempt to unmask the DC’s Twitter account ‘a critic of the Trump administration, while berating the agency for its “lackluster efforts” to comply with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

In an ordinance that ended a four-year battle between FOIA and the Journalists’ Committee for Press Freedom, U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden focused on the government’s responsibility to justify denials more than “widespread assertions” about the reasons for the release of the tapes could cause foreseeable damage. The judge noted that CBP …

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