Here’s the Time the EPA Used Duct Tape to Redact a FOIA Request

I’ve seen a lot of weird Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) redactions. I’ve seen redacted complaints about Amtrak snack cars and the CIA cafeteria. I’ve seen pictures of FBI retirement parties where all the faces were replaced by blank squares, resulting in an oddly artistic tableau.

But duct tape is a new one.

Chris Horner, a longtime FOIA requester and litigator, tweeted out pictures today of a set of emails he received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in 2015.

Usually federal agencies redact information using document production software, Adobe Acrobat, or in less high-tech cases, a Sharpie. This time, the EPA decided to get a little…creative:

Chris Horner via FOIA

It’s not the worst FOIA redaction or most nonsensical document release by a longshot, though.

There was the time a British government agency accidentally highlighted paragraphs instead of redacting them. Or when the State Department released a set

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