Yesterday I read an interesting article published by the ABA Journal chronicling the history of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson fifty years ago on June 4, 1966. Apparently, President Johnson hated the law so much that he threatened to veto it after it was passed by Congress. While he said he supported open government, he was also concerned that there were certain circumstances, particularly involving national security, that trumped the public’s right-to-know. One of the interesting notes in the ABA’s article is that Donald Rumsfeld, then a Republican from Illinois serving on the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations and Government Information, was at first an outspoken and vigorous supporter of FOIA. He changed his tune over time and eventually became a sharp critic of the legislation. The article reveals he is not the only person to have such a change in heart.