An occasional series on rising government secrecy in Minnesota and across the country.
Instead it confirmed to the cynics and conspiracy theorists that the government can never come clean.
Data purges and secrecy confounding transparency advocates.
Despite a nationwide movement to open up access to adoption records, Minnesota's laws place the privacy of birth parents ahead of the desire of adoptees to know their origins.
A Brooklyn Park veteran of the CIA's "secret war" has been stymied by the federal government's refusal to hand over classified documents about its proxy army, or even acknowledge that they exist.
Sheila Van Pelt's yearslong campaign underscores the enormous challenges facing everyday citizens in an era when powerful interest groups push laws that ensure greater levels of secrecy.
Law enforcement agencies have more tools to gather information than ever before. Laws safeguarding that data and guaranteeing public access to it are failing to keep up.
The state's public records law is riddled with hundreds of exceptions. Local governments and businesses are pushing to keep even more data secret.
Mpls. scrubs info, leaving public in dark on landlord.
Documents that show what the government knows about John F. Kennedy's 1963 trip to Dallas have been kept secret for more than 50 years. Now, these records are among the remaining sealed documents about the JFK assassination set for release in coming months.
There's a reason the public didn't hear about the settlement last April in a lawsuit over "metadata."
A House committee talked about subpoenas after transportation officials gave them heavily redacted budget records.
Providers want to protect reputations, but families want enforcement data.
Wondering which state records are public and which aren't? Here's the definitive catalog of exemptions in the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.