Here’s an Air Force Times article on changes that the Air Force is making to its rules governing public release of military justice information.  The article includes a wide-ranging discussion of impediments to reporters’ access to military justice information.

It just so happens that earlier today, I submitted a FOIA request to Navy OJAG asking for a copy of the NMCCA briefs in Salyerto post on CAAFlog.  (NMCCA’s rules provide that “[p]ress inquiries and other inquiries from outside OJAG shall be directed to the Public Affairs Office or the Criminal Law Division (Code 20) of OJAG.”  N-M. Ct. Crim App. R. 1.3(d).)

It will be interesting to follow the progress of that FOIA request and compare it to the experiences reported in the Air Force Times article.

3 Responses to “Air Force Times article on changes to rules governing public access to Air Force military justice records”

  1. Bridget Wilson says:

    It would appear from this and the government’s argument in the CCR efforts at the Manning CM that the gov’t is considering FOIA the authority to control publication of documents. Perhaps this needs legislation. I know that many on this board take suggestions of modernizing military justice as proposing the demise of the institutions. But, really, this can run better. All this does is make access even more cumbersome.
     

  2. Charlie Gittins says:

    The reason that the G wants the press to work through FOIA is BECAUSE it is slow and cumbersome.  Further, by the time the press gets the information, the story is stale and not really worth the effort to write because it is no longer newsworthy.  It is about the G controlling the message and the story. 

  3. Phil Cave says:

    This is a triumph for transparency.  This will go a long way to ensuring the public has an unbiased, timely, and good view of military justice.  I’m certain this will stop the interested public from speculating that the military is hiding it’s problems behind a wall of silence and secrecy.