What is the Freedom Of Information Act?
The FOIA is a federal law that allows any US citizen to obtain by written request certain federal documents.
It pertains to federal issues only and to specific documents only.
It does give the individual the right to access documents such as congressional dispatches, state or federal court information of cases that have not yet been placed in public archives nor does it include the authority for the access of state or local government records.
Many countries outside the US also have similar acts in their statutes.
Anyone can make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. The Act makes no distinction between requests from people who are citizens of, or who are currently in the UK, Europe or any country in the world. All requests must be treated the same, irrespective of the country of origin. Requests for information may be in any form and don't need to mention the Freedom of Information Act, but they must: be…