Glomar response

A response to a federal Freedom of Information Act request from an agency refusing to confirm or deny the existence of records. Glomar responses are most typically invoked when requests for information related to classified national security records are made, but sometimes also used for records in which the government claims a personal privacy right exists.

Judge rules government does not have to release Guantanamo Bay interrogation images

Latara Appleby | Freedom of Information | News | September 17, 2013
September 17, 2013

A New York federal judge agreed with U.S. agencies that releasing the Guantanamo Bay interrogation photographs and videos of a Saudi national believed to be involved in the Sept. 11 attacks would pose a threat to national security.

CIA must acknowledge records of drone strike program, appellate court rules

Lilly Chapa | Freedom of Information | News | March 19, 2013
March 19, 2013

The CIA cannot refuse to search for records about U.S. drone strikes on the grounds that acknowledging the existence of the records would harm national security, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. ruled.

Justice Department opposes release of "targeted killing" records

Emily Miller | Freedom of Information | News | June 22, 2012
June 22, 2012

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion for summary judgment Wednesday in a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, opposing the release of documents regarding the CIA's use of “targeted killings.”

D.C. appeals court upholds CIA Glomar response

You-Jin Han | Freedom of Information | Feature | December 22, 2011
December 22, 2011

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. ruled yesterday that the CIA could refuse to confirm or deny the existence of records in response to a federal Freedom of Information request – issuing what is referred to as a Glomar response – and rejected a claim that the agency had waived its right to do so.

Court denies fee award in JFK assassination records suit

You-Jin Han | Freedom of Information | Feature | December 19, 2011
December 19, 2011

A U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. ruled that a journalist who sued the CIA under the federal Freedom of Information Act to release certain John F. Kennedy assassination records was not entitled to attorney’s fees.