As part of our reports, we requested several Deloitte non-vaccine contracts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The council also changed its approach.
“It’s a rubber stamp“
All the additions refer to the law in the Freedom of Information Act which is known as Release 4, which allows companies to hide “business” as business secrets to the public.
The contractor, not the government, then chooses what seems like a challenge. When a government agency receives a written request, it sends a request to the contractors, who will write down what they want to keep secret.
Companies have the right to call most of their companies “business secrets,” because of a 2019 election by the Supreme Court. Before this can happen, companies need to explain why releasing this could cause serious problems for their business.
“Now all the agency has to do is get an affidavit from someone in the company who says, ‘We see it as a business secret information.’ The whole train, “says Victoria Baranetsky, senior lawyer at the Center for Investigative Reporting. It’s a rubber stamp.”