Should Government Security System Contracts Be Exempt From Disclosure?

In May, we showed you how to obtain government surveillance contracts using FOIA. We routinely use FOIA to get copies of contracts and RFPs that we review on IPVM. Most state and local FOIA regulations have provisions that exempt them from disclosing documents related to security, but they don't use them because contracts and agreements are usually looked at as fiscal documents rather than security documents.

Last June I received my first rejection from a local government using a security exemption. The entity cited an exemption that protects information that would "jeopardize the security of a public agency."

I'd like to know your opinions:

If so, why?

If not, do you worry the information could "fall into the wrong hands?"

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