Judicial Watch has been an incredibly successful advocate for freedom and liberty. Using lawsuits to force the federal government to release documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law has been one of the the group's signature and most effective weapons in penetrating government coverups.
Government agencies are required to respond in a timely manner to FOIA requests. This frequently doesn't happen, or the agencies are often less than forthcoming with all the relevant materials. Of course such agencies are prohibited from releasing classified or otherwise confidential information, so those materials are exempt from FOIA requests. Nevertheless, there is much embarrassing or otherwise revealing information that should be available to the public, and it's often Judicial Watch that goes to court to force compliance.
Some of Judicial Watch's activities have placed them in the center of the controversy over Islamic terrorism. More on this on page two.