How come the only thing the government seems capable of doing with any competence is spying on and tracking ordinary citizens with nothing to hide? Terror plots are foiled by incompetence on the terrorist rather than the deftness of the security. The government is at a loss to find the illegal aliens that are violating our laws, and that is to say nothing of how resilient the “resistance” is to the war on drugs.
When they block FOIA for “national security” it is almost certainly to avoid showing how utterly incompetent they are at finding people that spend more than 5 minutes trying not to be found. Google probably has a better idea where the illegal aliens, drug mules, street dealers, etc are than the government. But why should ordinary citzens suffer when the government has no particular interest in serving anymore?
Just as a matter of protection we should have open access to everything it does. However, they are using methodologies strait out of the 1800s. In this day and age it is absolutely asinine to have FOIA the way it is. By default every e-mail, document, memo, doodle on a napkin made by a government employee should be dumped into a searchable database within 6 months, unless the government wants to impanel a jury of ordinary citizens to review the material and authorize that it be kept secret for a period of 5 years, which the government would then have the option of renewing every 5 years to a maximum of 20 with a different jury.