The FBI, CIA, NSA, the Pentagon, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Federal Reserve, police departments, governors offices ... they all produce documents about the things they do that affect us. They don't want us to see a lot of these documents. But I do. That's why I created The Memory Hole 2 and its sister site, AltGov2.
Sometimes they post documents online, then delete them days, months, or years later. I recover them and repost them.
Sometimes they post documents in obscure places (essentially burying them). I find them and prominently post them.
Some important documents still exist only on paper. I scan and post them.
Many crucial documents have never been released to the public at all. I request them through the Freedom of Information Act and related laws.
I scour the Web, looking for official documents that probably weren't meant to be posted online in the first place. Then I give them a safe new home.
Sometimes I do these things for revealing documents from corporations (tobacco, pharmaceutical, oil, etc.), or for non-US documents.
Besides text documents, I post audio files, photographs, and videos. Sometimes spreadsheets and databases.
I create (or will be creating) collections of documents on various themes, including biological and chemical weapons, use-of-force policies, polygraphs, asset forfeiture, capital punishment, 9/11, and the CIA's Phoenix Program.
My original Memory Hole site contained the photographs of flag-draped military coffins that broke the Pentagon's ban, an uncensored version of an embarrassing Justice Department report, the FBI's entire file on Martin Luther King Jr. (16,600+ pages), the complete firefighter dispatch tapes from 9/11, the deleted website of the controversial Information Awareness Office, all the images from Tommy Chong's "Chong Glass" website after the DEA pulled it offline, and hundreds more documents.
The new Memory Hole (2) already contains suppressed audio recordings of detainee tribunals at Guantanamo, 380,000 pages of internal email about the Flint water crisis, a scarce list of chemicals used in fracking, FEMA's deleted reports from Hurricane Katrina, and exclusive documents on dozens of federally funded studies into the benefits of cannabis, among other things.
And there's so much more to come. But I need your support for the Memory Hole 2 to survive and thrive. The site is completely open, free, and ad-free. I depend on donations to run it and keep the authorities on their toes. Please make an ongoing donation today.
[Regular fixed expenses include webhosting, domain names, a PO box, subscriptions to media websites, and subscriptions to software (like the indispensable Acrobat Pro DC). Regular varying costs include FOIA fees ($100+ is not unusual), Pacer fees (for court documents), and photocopying (which I do locally or pay 20 cents/page or more to libraries in other cities). And I wouldn't mind paying myself a bit of a wage for the 40+ hours/week I devote to this.]