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First Amendment Library:
Jacques E. Soiret


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U. S. C. § 552 (1982 ed.), requires federal agencies to disclose records[1] that *794 do not fall into one of nine exempt categories.[2] The question presented is whether confidential statements obtained during an Air Force investigation of an air crash are protected from disclosure by Exemption 5, which exempts "inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which would not be *795 available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency."