There Are Things You Need to Know Buried in Government Documents – Help Us Dig It Up
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Going through literally tens of thousand of government documents to find these few nuggets of information is sadly something very few organizations do well (well, besides large, private lobbying operations), but this is something at which Firedoglake really excels.
That is why we are asking you to become an FDL member today, and provide FDL with the stable support it needs to pursue this level of extremely deep research in the public interest.
Buried within the hundreds of thousands of pages of CBO letters, CMS reports, GAO studies, the actual language of pending bills, OLC memos, and recently declassified documents are just a few critical pieces of information that, when put in context, tell an important story the American people need to know. Stories of corruption, lies, the truth about American foreign policy, and billions of dollars wasted due to political favoritism.
- It was Marcy Wheeler’s analysis of OLC memos that made it known Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in one month.
- While many on left hailed the addition of the minimum medical loss ratio to health care reform, but by actually reading the text of the bill, I was able to point out the MLR requirement contained a massive loophole–a loophole that sadly is being used by HHS to make that MLR far less meaningful.
- By combining all of the supposed Bradley Manning/Adrian Lamo chat logs and all statements about Manning made by Lamo, FDL was able to show there were massive inconsistencies in the media reports about Manning that were using Lamo as their sole source.
These are just a few examples, but the in-depth stories you often see on the site are just the final result of hundreds of hours of research. This level of deep digging allows FDL to be a watchdog that differentiates it from other media organizations that often serve as just a stenographer for those in power.
To be able provide this, though, we need the support of our readers, so please join the FDL membership program today.