Open Records Act Requests

Have you been involved in politics?  Have you been the subject of a government investigation?  Would you like to know if government agencies are keeping tabs on you or your business or organization?   Are you a journalist interested in finding newsworthy records in the government's possession?  Are you interested in obtaining access to files government agencies have on your political opponents?

If you suspect that the government is spying on you, you are probably right.  Surveillance of political dissidents is not a new practice of the federal government, for between 1956 and 1971, the FBI engaged in a series of illegal and covert projects aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and disrupting left-wing and right-wing political organizations.

By way of the federal Freedom of Information Act, American citizens can seek access to records that the federal government has in its possession.  At the state level, people can seek records from Ohioan state and municipal agencies via the Ohio “Sunshine Laws,” and people can seek records from Michigan state and municipal agencies via the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

Federal departments and agencies that are subject to FOIA include but are not limited to:
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Navy
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • National Security Agency
  • Department of Education
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Justice
  • Secret Service
  • Department of State
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Commission on Civil Rights
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Election Commission
  • Federal Reserve System
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Peace Corps
  • U.S. Copyright Office
Attorney Kyle Bristow has significant experience in filing public records requests.  Some of the records he has acquired via open records act requests include:
  • Security camera video footage, crime scene pictures, and 911 audio files of a newsworthy incidentthe records were released after an appeal was filed with the Illinois Attorney General's Office
  • Email correspondence between university professors and administrators
  • Dossiers on conservative American citizens which were provided by the FBI to INTERPOL
  • Police dashcam video and audio footage of a traffic stop
  • Police reports
  • Mug shots
  • FBI surveillance records, which were released after an appeal was filed with the Department of Justice
  • Phone call logs of government employees
Contact Attorney Kyle Bristow for a free consultation to discover what records he may be able to obtain for you or your organization or business.