The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute.
A thing of beauty, this act is. It "clarifies, it cuts through, and captures the essence of" truth "in all its forms, for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind". A harbinger of things to come.