Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Poor Excuse, Poor PR 

The Department of Defense is saying that it can't fulfill Freedom of Information requests because its fax machine is broken and they can't afford a new one for months to come.  There are several questionable points to this excuse.  1)  With the billions that the Defense Department spends, it is impossible to buy another fax machine?  2) Why is the Department of Defense still using fax machines in the era of document scanning, pdf's and e-mail?  3) Why can't the Department of Defense use another fax machine in the Pentagon?  

The reasoning is specious and suspect.  One could conclude easily that the Department of Defense finds FOIA requests bothersome and the broken fax machine is its way of getting out of fulfilling requests.  It is poor PR at best and contrary to the law at worst.  


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