Pro-investigator tip: consider filing “copycat” FOIA requests

The Freedom of Information Act request process can be frustrating and expensive, and backlogs have been an increasing problem. By the government’s own estimate, there were 159,741 requests in backlog in 2014 compared to 95,524 in 2013. For private investigators, attorneys, journalists and the general public, the short term need ...

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How to research your relatives’ military history

About a year ago, a nonprofit group turned to us for help finding family members of deceased veterans who came into contact with Agent Orange, a highly toxic herbicide used during the Vietnam War. In these sorts of cases, investigative databases only help so much because some veterans died decades ...

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Private Investigator selflessly fought for transparency

Tonight, at a funeral home in Michigan, family, friends and colleagues of journalist and private investigator Pat Clawson will  pay their respects to the 60-year-old who died last week. A few years back, Pat called me when I was working as a reporter. He urged me – to put it mildly ...

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