The CIA refuses to release from its clutches details in a 45-year-old memo on President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, even though they’ve been public for decades. The Department of Labor spends more than $10 to rush-deliver a hedged refusal to a two-year-old records request, on the grounds that doing the work would cost it too much money. The Department of Homeland Security won’t fill a news request for a quick response — why? Because the request couldn’t possibly be that urgent if only one news agency wanted it.
The Associated Press reports all these tales — and several more — from its recent archive of absurd experiences with the federal Freedom of Information Act, just in time for Sunshine Week.