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Attorney General Nominee Michael Mukasey's written answers to Senate Judiciary Committee questions provide insight, although not necessarily encouragement, into the…

Attorney General Nominee Michael Mukasey’s written answers to Senate Judiciary Committee questions provide insight, although not necessarily encouragement, into the future of FOIA responses under a Mukasey-run Justice Dept.  The following is a question submitted by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), followed by Judge Mukasey’s written answer:

10. Do you support the long-standing position of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (also strongly supported by the Fraternal Order of Police), enacted for the past several years as a rider to ATP appropriations bills (the "Tiahrt Amendment"), that prohibits release of firearms trace information other than for use in bona fide criminal investigations

ANSWER:  Yes.  Making such information available without restriction could compromise the effectiveness of law enforcement investigations and pose additional related concerns.