The NSA and FBI are major contributors to EPIC—the Electronic Privacy Information Center. But their “donations” aren’t exactly voluntary.

A hefty chunk of EPIC’s legal budget is taken from the pockets of the very agencies it sues, each time a federal judge agrees that the government was wrong to keep the information secret.

In the last 15 years, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has netted more than $150,000 from government agencies in attorneys’ fees and litigation costs from its Freedom of Information Act cases.

It’s a testament to how desperate the government is to withhold information from the American public. It’s also a revenue stream.

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