Supreme Court Upholds Resident’s Right to Navy Maps, Rules Against FOIA Exemption
by Adena Schutzberg, Directions Magazine, March 8, 2011
The Supreme Court rejected the government’s use of an exemption in the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to keep maps from the public. A Washington state resident wants Navy maps relating to its main West Coast ammunition dump. The individual will see those maps.
Background: Supreme Court hears arguments in Navy FOIA case
by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, December 1, 2010
… The case before the court, Milner v. Department of the Navy, concerned the Navy’s decision to withhold documents requested under the federal Freedom of Information Act regarding U.S. Navy maps depicting the placement of explosives at a Washington state naval munitions site. The Navy refused area resident Glen Scott Milner’s FOIA request for safety maps and data that show the placement and potential blast ranges of ammunition stored in Naval Magazine Indian Island, located near Port Hadlock, Wash. Milner was seeking information on the potential dangers to the nearby communities of the Navy’s munition storage practices. …
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For links to the argument, opinion, merits briefs and amicus briefs, visit the Supreme Court of the United States Blog: http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/milner-v-department-of-the-navy/
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