The United States has had an FOI regime in place since 1966 and last month its impact was felt as far away as Guantanamo Bay.
Following a request made under the US FOI legislation by the Associated Press, the US defence department has released the names and nationalities of some of the inmates detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. These names do not appear as a simple list, but are included within 6,000 pages of transcripts of tribunals in which the 500 detainees were screened and their combat status assessed. The transcripts had been released previously, but the Pentagon had blacked out all the names.
Human rights groups are reported as welcoming the release of the full transcripts as a significant blow against US government secrecy. Meanwhile, activists hope that this information will help them to garner greater insight into the personal histories of the detainees and the threat they pose to the US.