This note will first examine the FOIA as it is juxtaposed against the President's power in the area of foreign affairs. Particular attention in this area will be directed to the expressed congressional purpose for passage of the FOLA and the President's role as sole voice of the nation in international relations. Next, the conflicting interests will be highlighted by means of a hypothetical fact situation in which the FOIA dictates disclosure of information which the President feels must be withheld because of foreign policy considerations. Finally, this note will propose some solutions to both the practical problems presented and the constitutional implications of the conflict.
Lloyd F. LeRoy,
Foreign Nationals and Agencies of Foreign Governments as Persons under the Freedom of Information Act: A Question of Constitutionality,
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