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August 22nd, 2006
The D.C. Circuit today criticized the FBI for failing to use Google in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which requires government agencies to release information unless "reasonable efforts" show that the information is not available to the public.
"Why, in short, doesn’t the FBI just Google the two names? Surely, in the Internet age, a “reasonable alternative” for finding out whether a prominent person is dead is to use Google (or any other search engine) to find a report of that person’s death."
But as Howard Bashman notes, there's no word yet on whether the FBI has to learn to use Wikipedia.
See also: http://justfuckinggoogleit.com/