This is a red herring. The main way that the government hides info, for either national security and political reasons, is by using private contractors, who are not subject to FOIA requests. I should know, I work for a contractor for an obscure office in the intelligence community. My employer is quite literally the entire technical expertise of our client- there's a few upper level government supervisors, and the rest of the organization is us, working at government facilities using government equipment. The work that we're doing would almost certainly have been done internally by the government 15 years ago. Reportedly, over 50% of the DoD intelligence budget, and 70% of the CIA National Clandestine Service budget (the organization responsible for humint) now goes to contractors. I'm sympathetic to the desire to use contractors in general to avoid the massive red tape that government HR stuff involves, and to protect information when it comes to intelligence, but the extent of this phenomenon is really gutting FOIA.
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