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Hamster Wheel of Pain™, FOIA edition

So, the USDA messes up and, in response to FOIA requests directed to them about tobacco subsidies, sends records containing taxpayer ID numbers (along, one presumes, with names) to the several FOIA requestors.
Meanwhile, an enterprising lad sends a FOIA request about data breaches to North Carolina — a state known for tobacco production. That lad is richly rewarded, and obtains a letter from the USDA to the NC Attorney General’s office. That letter contains the names and addresses of the several FOIA requestors who had inquired about tobacco subsidies.
The enterprising lad is now certain the USDA will get his name and address, thereby completing another circle.

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