Getting information during a “war-time situation”


I’ve been calling various Army public affairs officials to get some information about Blackhawk helicopters and was passed from one official to another. I finally reached the right department and I was asked to send an e-mail listing my questions.

This morning I received a reply from the Army saying that my request had been forwarded to the FOIA office. My reaction: you don’t need a FOIA request to talk to or e-mail another person.”

So I called them back and talked to another person in the same office who said since we were not a print publication, had no radio or television programs and had no news” context, we had to just wait.

I was told, It’s a war-time situation and this request is not a priority.” Fair enough, but will my questions ever get answered?