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  • IRS Admits That Lois Lerner Emails Were Never Lost

    08/27/2014 3:33:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Investors.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    <p>Scandal: Talk of crashed and recycled hard drives, like that Benghazi video, was a distraction from the truth, which is that the missing emails detailing IRS perfidy exist on a system intended for government wide catastrophe.</p> <p>It would make sense that such a system would exist in the event that, say, the Islamic State or some other terrorist entity managed a nuclear attack on Washington D.C.</p>
  • White House won't reveal documents related to ObamaCare website security

    08/19/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 19, 2014
    The White House has rejected a request to publicly disclose documents relating to the kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federal health care exchange website on the grounds that the information could "potentially" be used by hackers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a Freedom of Information Act request made late last year by the Associated Press amid concerns that Republicans raised about the security of the website, which had technical glitches that prevented millions of people from signing up for insurance under ObamaCare. In denying access to the documents, including what's known as a...
  • Lawsuit accuses Obama White House of thwarting release of public data under FOIA

    08/18/2014 11:54:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    A watchdog group on Monday sued the U.S. government, accusing the Obama White House of interfering in and thwarting the release of public documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the group Cause of Action (CoA) names 12 federal agencies that delayed the release of documents so officials could consult with White House under a new process established in spring 2009. The process, which gave White House officials review authority over documents that federal agencies wanted to release that mentioned the White House or presidential aides,...
  • Ferguson Police's PR Stunt Poisons Independent and Impartial Investigation

    08/18/2014 6:59:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    aclu ^ | 8-15-2014 | Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program
    The Ferguson Police Department's actions appear misleading and remarkably cynical. They call into question the department's commitment to ensuring an independent and impartial investigation into the killing of Michael Brown. The video and incident report released are of dubious relevance. The decision to disclose them suggests an attempt to assassinate Mr. Brown's character by showing that he had roughly pushed a convenience store clerk on the day that he was killed. The one-sided and piecemeal disclosure of potentially irrelevant and prejudicial information, while continuing to withhold the critical police incident report that the public has demanded, suggests a desire to...
  • Obama illegally tried to block FOIA release of video of Michael Brown committing theft and assault

    08/17/2014 4:17:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 51 replies
    wordpress ^ | August 16, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama illegally tried to block a Freedom of Information release of the video that shows Michael Brown committing theft and assault Here is yet one more example of the “most transparent administration in history” illegally trying to block a Freedom of Information request.On August 15, NRP reported:[Ferguson Police Chief Thomas] Jackson said he had gotten numerous Freedom of Information Act requests from the media to release the video. “I had to release it,” he said.“I had been sitting on it and too many people put in FOIA requests for it and I had to release it,”...
  • Republicans question HHS officials instruction to delete internal ObamaCare email

    08/15/2014 9:30:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Judson Berger
    A key official overseeing the ObamaCare launch last fall asked a subordinate to delete an email exchange on the matter, according to newly released records, fueling Republican concerns that the administration may be hiding internal discussions from Congress. Time and again, the self-proclaimed 'most transparent administration' has been anything but, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. And now we know that when HealthCare.gov was crashing, those in charge were hitting the delete button behind the scenes. Upton and other GOP committee leaders on Friday released an email exchange from Oct. 5, 2013, shortly...
  • Lawsuit Seeks Damages From EPA, A Toxic Waste Dump of Lawlessness

    07/25/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 25, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) A conservative legal group is asking a federal judge to punish the Environmental Protection Agency for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages requested in August 2012 under the Freedom of Information Act. The Landmark Legal Foundation believes the requested -- but never delivered -- messages to outside groups would have revealed EPA attempts to influence the 2012 presidential election. "The EPA is a toxic waste dump for lawlessness and disdain for the Constitution, said Landmark Legal President Mark Levin. His legal group wants the federal court to fine the EPA in an amount sufficient to...
  • Massachusetts SWAT teams claim theyre private corporations, immune from open records laws

    06/26/2014 11:51:06 AM PDT · by maine yankee · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 26 at 10:27 AM | RADLEY BALKO
    As it turns out, a number of SWAT teams in the Bay State are operated by what are called law enforcement councils, or LECs. These LECs are funded by several police agencies in a given geographic area and overseen by an executive board, which is usually made up of police chiefs from member police departments -------------- Some of these LECs have also apparently incorporated as 501(c)(3) organizations. And its here that we run into problems. According to the ACLU, the LECs are claiming that the 501(c)(3) status means that theyre private corporations, not government agencies.
  • The 18-month battle to get White House Benghazi emails

    05/03/2014 9:10:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 3, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    It took 18 months for Judicial Watch to unearth the emails on Benghazi that led Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday to say hes forming a special committee to look into the issue. This material was not voluntarily disclosed, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Hill during a phone interview. The emails have given new life to Republican attacks on Benghazi. They include a key email from White House official Ben Rhodes outlining goals for the talk-show appearances of Susan Rice, who was serving as ambassador to the United Nations at the time. After the emails, Rice appeared on...
  • Unpublished research by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act

    04/17/2014 12:24:38 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2014 | Tom Jackman
    Unpublished research by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting an attempt by skeptics of global warming to view the work of a prominent climate researcher during his years at the University of Virginia. The ruling is the latest turn in the FOIA request filed in 2011 by Del. Robert Marshall (R-Prince William) and the American Tradition Institute to obtain research and e-mails of former U-Va. professor Michael Mann.
  • Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

    04/16/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids city officials gave detailed information about a tax dispute involving the Acton Institute to a select reporter, but not to the nonprofit fighting to prove it is a charitable organization, according to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request. In fact, an Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty official complained that the organization was struggling to get information about the appeal of its rejection of an application for tax exemption just two business days before a scheduled hearing. Acton Institute Director of Finance Tom Vogt sent an email to City Commissioner Dave Shaffer...
  • RNC Sues IRS for Illegal Stonewalling

    04/15/2014 1:06:40 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    GOP.com ^ | 4-15-2014 | Press Release
    April 15, 2014RNC Sues IRS for Illegal Stonewalling WASHINGTON Today the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for withholding records sought by the RNCs 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. In the initial request on May 21, 2013, the RNC sought to review documents and correspondence related to criteria used for reviewing and approving 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations. This request followed revelations that the IRS had been targeting conservative organizations, and the RNC sought to shed light on who had ordered actions to be taken against those groups and why.Over the course...
  • 2013 F/A-18 crash: Out of fuel, out of time and one chance to land

    04/12/2014 5:47:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 57 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | April 12, 2014 | Mike Hixenbaugh
    The aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower was finally in sight. The pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet hurriedly flipped switches and pushed levers. The aviator in the backseat leaned forward, straining to see the flight deck floating in the distance. The jets right engine had locked up, its landing gear jammed, the main fuel tank almost empty.(snip) The pilot made some quick calculations. He had 15,500 pounds of fuel in his tanks, enough to return to the Eisenhower and make six passes at the ship. Landing in nearby Kandahar was a more prudent option, but that would likely have meant...
  • Most transparent White House ever rewrote FOIA to exclude its own docs

    03/19/2014 1:16:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | BRUCE MCQUAIN
    That’s right, the Obama White House has quietly rewritten a portion of the Freedom Of Information Act to exclude what it calls “White House equities” from being released without a White House review. The rewrite was inspired by a 2009 memo by then White House counsel, Greg Craig: The Greg memo is described in detail in a new study made public today by Cause of Action, a Washington-based nonprofit watchdog group that monitors government transparency and accountability.How serious an attack on the public’s right to know is the Obama administration’s invention of the “White House equities” exception?“FOIA is designed to...
  • 'Most transparent' White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

    03/19/2014 8:48:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | MARCH 18, 2014 AT 8:45 AM | Mark Tapscott
    It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America. The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved "White House equities." That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the...
  • Happy Sunshine Week: The Sun Dont Shine Here so Move Along, Nothing to See.

    03/19/2014 8:26:58 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-19-2014 | MOTUS
    Can you believe it? Its Sunshine Week again! Hard to believe its been a year already: how time flies when youre busy being transparent. This year, even the Administrations most loyal supporters (MSM) have filed a few complaints about the most transparent administration evah! The findings have never been great for the current administration, which promised to be the most transparent in history on the day President Obama took office. In recent years, most agencies have not fully complied with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements. (snip) NSA document, redacted The administration has also cited more legal exceptions to justify...
  • US cites security more to censor, deny records

    03/17/2014 7:42:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ap ^ | TED BRIDIS and JACK GILLUM
    More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests. The government's own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it...
  • SC Supreme Court to rule on public autopsy reports

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Are autopsies medical records or public records? South Carolina's Supreme Court will begin grappling with that question Wednesday, when it hears a lawsuit by a Sumter County newspaper against the county's coroner. The Item newspaper wants the high court to toss out a lower court's ruling that said autopsies do not have to be made public because they do not fall under the state's Freedom of Information Act.
  • Before O-Care debacle, Sebelius made many trips to White House

    02/13/2014 4:23:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2014 | Kevin Bogardus and Jonathan Easley
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in frequent contact with President Obama and senior White House aides before the disastrous launch of the federal ObamaCare exchange last year. While Sebelius has said the president was not aware of HealthCare.govs problems, more than 750 pages of documents obtained by The Hill through a Freedom of Information Act request show she made scores of visits to the White House. The documents reveal that Sebelius met with or attended calls and events with Obama at least 18 times between Oct. 27, 2012, and Oct. 6, 2013, including at least seven instances...
  • Emails expose close coordination between EPA, Sierra Club and other lib environ activist groups

    01/23/2014 10:24:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mark Tapscott
    Among Washington's most important but rarely covered realities is the daily close coordination among Democratic politicians, executive branch bureaucrats and the left side of the non-profit activism community. Emails obtained recently through a Freedom of Information Act request submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute exposed a slice of that coordination in the campaign to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The emails show, according to Fox News correspondent John Roberts, "senior policy officials at the EPA working closely with environmental groups in what appears to be an effort to kill the pipeline."...
  • No TSA Patdowns for Muslim Brotherhood Members Traveling to US

    01/20/2014 2:43:32 PM PST · by grundle · 35 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | January 18, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Or any inspections at all for that matter. Not when Hillary Clinton is in the State Department. A U.S. official familiar with immigration procedures told the IPT in 2012 that the exemption for the Brotherhood delegation was extraordinary. The records, marked sensitive but unclassified, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. They offer few details. The State Department released a one-page document labeled Compiled References to MB Delegation Arrival and Departure. In the coming days, were going to write down a list of procedures for dealing with MB visits to the United States, an April 16, 2012 entry...
  • Emails Show Extensive Collaboration Between EPA, Environmentalist Orgs

    01/16/2014 1:14:28 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 15, 2014 | By Lachlan Markay
    Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry. The emails, obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute (EELI) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, could fuel an ongoing controversy over EPA policies that critics say are biased against traditional sources of energy. Emails show EPA used official events to help environmentalist groups gather signatures for petitions on agency rulemaking, incorporated advance copies of letters drafted by those groups into official statements, and worked with environmentalists to publicly...
  • New FOIA emails show EPA in cahoots with enviro groups, giving them special access

    01/16/2014 9:42:44 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 1/15/2014 | Anthony Watts
    From The Washington Free Beacon, Lachlan Markay. Press release follows. Internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emails show extensive collaboration between top agency officials and leading environmentalist groups, including overt efforts to coordinate messaging and pressure the fossil fuel industry.
  • Shadowy funders build liberal war chest to unseat governor

    01/05/2014 4:36:34 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 1-2-14 | Tori Richards
    A few wealthy, anonymous donors funded a liberal activist group working on the failed recall of Wisconsins governor, Watchdog.org has learned. Nearly 75 percent of the money funneled into the Center for Media and Democracy during 2011 and 2012 came from just a few donors whose names have been redacted from tax forms obtained by Watchdog. CMD has said, Most of CMDs supporters are individual donors who give $5 or more a year to help support the Centers general operations. Those operations included contributing to the unsuccessful but expensive effort by liberals and labor unions to unseat GOP Gov. Scott...
  • Obama cavalier in hiding foreign aid order, judge rules

    12/18/2013 9:40:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A district court judge ruled that President Obama cant lawfully keep hidden a foreign aid order he tried to shield via a claim of executive privilege, characterizing the move as a cavalier dodge of the Freedom of Information Act. The Justice Department had argued that a foreign-aid directive that Mr. Obama signed in 2010 should remain secret, because it was part of the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development and fell under the umbrella of executive privilege despite its unclassified status, Politico reported. But U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled in favor of plaintiffs the Center for...
  • U.S. State Dept Virtual Reading Room FOIA Documents Search Results

    11/27/2013 10:58:23 AM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 1 replies
    Virtual Reading Room Documents Search Results Benghazi returned 57 results
  • Judge: Show me Obama foreign aid order

    11/12/2013 4:57:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/13 8:32 AM EST | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge is demanding to see a copy of a government-wide foreign-aid-policy order President Barack Obama issued three years ago which administration lawyers have argued is protected by executive privilege. The Obama administration acknowledges that the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development the president signed in 2010 is unclassified, but officials have steadfastly refused to make any portion of it public, even after a watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the document earlier this year. (The White House has released a fact sheet about the order.) On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered...
  • Want to See Your NSA or FBI File? Here's How...

    11/12/2013 4:40:30 PM PST · by RicocheT · 48 replies
    Daily P AU L blog ^ | 11/11/2013 | Ed Thinking
    Have you ever Tweeted a politically subversive message, attended a protest, or signed an oppositional petition? If so, you may have a dedicated file on you kept by the FBI and/or the NSA. With a simple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, any U.S. citizen can obtain one's NSA or FBI file, if such a file exists. It simply takes a few minutes to fill out the requisite forms and mail them to the appropriate address. An independent site www.getmyfbifile will, free of charge, generate the necessary forms for you already filled out. Of course, you can also...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains 57,000 Pages of Records on Hillarys Health Care Task Force

    11/07/2013 12:53:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 11/7/13 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch has long been on the trail of the corruption and deceit that were part and parcel of former First Lady Hillary Clintons National Taskforce on Health Care Reform. Im pleased to report that we have scored another breakthrough, pulling back more the veil of secrecy in which the Clintons have long shrouded their most famous policy failure. On October 17, 2013, thanks to Judicial Watch litigation, the public gained access to more than 57,000 pages of previously withheld documents from the Clinton Presidential Library related to the cabinet-level taskforce chaired by former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during...
  • Court Orders City To Comply With FOIA

    10/24/2013 5:23:09 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/21/2013 | Jack Spencer
    The city of Westland "subverted" Michigan's Freedom of Information Act and must comply with the law, according to a recent judge's ruling. "They [Westland officials] were over charging," said William Maze, the Livonia attorney who sued the city. "Clearly they were doing it to make a profit." Maze said the case involved a request for information from the police department. He said he thought Westland might have set its rates high to discourage the public from filing FOIA requests. "They were charging $75 per video (and) $35 for audio," he said of Westland's FOIA charges. "[For documents] they were charging...
  • GOP FOIAs Number of Obamacare Enrollees; White House has thus far refused to release enrollment

    10/21/2013 9:18:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Free Breacom ^ | 10/21/13 | : CJ Ciaramella
    The National Republican Committee filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday seeking the number of Americans who have enrolled in health care through the Obamacare website since the program was rolled out on Oct. 1. The White House has so far refused to release any information on the number of enrollees following the glitch-ridden rollout of the Obamacare website, leading Republican critics to accuse the administration of a cover-up. Politicians and pundits are also calling for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resignation in the wake of the botched launch. Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration spent hundreds...
  • MK's Outrage at Attempt to Ban Jews from Land Registry

    10/01/2013 1:12:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/10/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Jews living east of the 1949 armistice line may be denied access to land records. In a move that has caused upset in Knesset, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is seeking to bar Israelis living north of Jerusalem from finding out who owns neighboring land. His campaign has angered MK Motti Yogev (Bayit Yehudi), head of a Foreign Affairs and Defense subcommittee, who on Tuesday slammed Weinsteins intervention as outrageous. The controversy began when a group of residents from the Israeli Jewish community of Psagot, in the Binyamin region, asked to see the land registry (Tabu) in order to find out...
  • Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

    08/15/2013 11:52:25 PM PDT · by South40 · 45 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 8/15/2013 | Alan Boyle
    A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes. The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead Reconnaissance: the U-2 and Oxcart Programs." The document was approved for release in June, with just a few remaining redactions, in response to a Freedom of Information request filed by George Washington University's National Security Archive back in 2005.
  • CBS News Reporter Says White House, FBI Denied Her Access to Benghazi Details, Photos: 'Not Even

    08/16/2013 6:00:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/16/13 | Dave Urbanski
    CBS News journalist Sharyl Attkisson says shes been after Benghazi information through the Freedom of Information Act since last fall when the U.S. consulate in Libya was attacked, leaving four Americans dead. Well, Attkisson says she finally got her answer Friday. Turns out the White House and FBI dont quite see the value of releasing the info. Check out Attkissons pointed tweets on the matter:
  • Federal judge: Yeah, theres a good chance the EPA has been using secret e-mail accounts...

    08/15/2013 5:45:08 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 13 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 15, 2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Through their efforts, the Competitive Enterprise Institute first shed some light on the rather mysterious life and times of one Richard Windsor, the extralegal nome de plume used by Obamas former Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson in conducting official EPA business over e-mail. Open-records laws require that all government business be conducted on official accounts so they can later be searched in the event of any Freedom of Information Act requests, and standard protocol directs that if any private e-mails are used for government business, they should be forwarded to official accounts. Jackson and other EPA employees repeatedly failed...
  • IRSs Lerner Used Personal E-mail to Conduct Official Business, Investigators Say

    08/13/2013 9:45:46 AM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 33 replies
    The Corner ^ | August 13, 2013 | Eliana Johnson
    Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner sent official documents from her government e-mail address to a personal account, according to House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and his colleague, Ohio congressman Jim Jordan. This raises some serious questions concerning your use of a non-official e-mail account to conduct official business, the GOP lawmakers wrote in a letter to Lerner demanding all documents from her non-official account for the period between January 2008 and the present. Additional documents related to the Committees investigation may exist in these non-official accounts over which you have some control, and the lack of access...
  • Group sues FBI for records after Michael Hastings mysterious death

    07/30/2013 7:57:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 148 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 30 Jul 2013 | Josh Peterson
    A journalist and a researcher have sued the Justice Department for access to the Federal Bureau of Investigations records on the late journalist Michael Hastings. The lawsuit follows the FBIs failure to respond to separate Freedom of Information Act requests for records on Hastings submitted by journalist Jason Leopold of al-Jazeera and Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Ryan Shapiro. Agencies are required by statute to notify applicants about whether it will fulfill their requests within a 20-working-day period of the initial application. In the hours before his death, which was ruled an accident by the Los Angeles Police Department, Hastings...
  • HHS Department Sought Estimated $159 MILLION Per Year on New Employees to Run Obamacare

    07/26/2013 11:37:37 AM PDT · by drewh · 15 replies
    Dail Mail UK ^ | 18:10 EST, 25 July 2013 | By David Martosko In Washington
    Documents obtained from the Health and Human Services Department through a Freedom of Information Act request show that on the day the Affordable Care Act became law, the agency received fast-track authority to hire 1,814 new high-level employees to put Obamacare into practice, at a likely cost of more than $159 million per year. The hiring request was approved by the Obama administration's Office of Personnel Management despite a government-wide hiring freeze. Judicial Watch, a nonprofit that has told MailOnline it files 'hundreds' of such FOIA requests, showed MailOnline the documents on Thursday. They show that HHS designated the hiring...
  • The NSA Says It Can't Search Its Own Email (not satire)

    07/23/2013 5:36:02 PM PDT · by Drango · 17 replies
    npr ^ | July 23, 2013 | Eyder Peralta
    Over the past weeks, we have learned the National Security Agency has the capability to produced throughout the world. Today, ProPublica reports that when it comes to parsing email sent by its own employees, the United States' spy agency does not have the technology for it. At least that's what the investigative outfit said the NSA told them in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. : "'There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,' NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week....
  • This lawsuit could destroy FOIA [Ergun Caner's quest to sanitize his Muslim past may affect us all]

    07/22/2013 9:22:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    The Week ^ | July 22, 2013 | D.B. Grady
    One of my favorite stories about former Louisiana Gov. Huey Long involves one of his early political campaigns in the 1920s. While stumping in the northern part of the state, he would tell a story about waking at 6 o'clock every Sunday morning, hitching his family's old horse to a buggy, and bringing his Baptist grandparents to church. When addressing audiences in south Louisiana, he would tell the same story, only this time his grandparents were Catholic. It was an effective speech that played well to Louisiana's geographic religious divide. Once, after a rally, a local politician remarked, "Why Huey,...
  • Transparency Troubles: Secrecy concerns mount for Obama in 2nd term

    07/13/2013 11:55:57 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 13, 2013
    Secret courts. Secret emails. Phone surveillance. Drones. The list of cloak-and-dagger tactics employed by the Obama administration -- and those that preceded it -- keeps growing, as NSA leaker Ed Snowden feeds classified materials to the media and other reports show the extent of the U.S. government's more opaque dealings. The latest was a report by The Associated Press that said the administration had military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Usama bin Ladens hideout transferred to the CIA, where they would be harder to uncover by the press and public. If this were any other administration, perhaps the...
  • Your Life is Now Classified: NSA Rejecting All FOIA Requests by American Citizens

    07/09/2013 11:41:17 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Survival and Beyond ^ | 7/9/13 | Ed Corcoran
    Clayton Seymour, a 36-year-old IT specialist from Hilliard, Ohio, recently sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the NSA, curious as to whether any data about him was being collected. What he received in response made his blood boil. I am a generally law abiding citizen with nothing I can think of that would require monitoring, Seymour wrote to me, but I wanted to know if I was having data collected about me and if so, what. So Seymour sent in an FOIA request. Weeks later, a letter from the NSA arrived explaining that he was not entitled...
  • Potentially explosive development in IRS scandals

    07/05/2013 11:09:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 5, 2013 | Thomas Lifson
    One of the most important and so-far least noted threads in the IRS sandal cloth is the inexplicable remark made by Austan Goolsbee, at the time the Chairman of the White Council of Economic Advisors about the taxes paid by the Koch brothers - arch villains in the Manichean delusions of the American left - that would require his knowledge of their confidential tax returns. Did the White House senior staff illegally browse through the tax records of their political enemies? The Washington Free Beacon has been trying to find out, and uncovered an interesting response: CJ Ciaramella reports: The...
  • Obama administration paid contractors millions to snoop through Americans financial data

    06/28/2013 8:34:51 PM PDT · by SpaceBar · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/27/2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    A secretive data collection program run by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allows private contractors access to millions of Americans personal financial information, according to a government accountability group. The information may also be shared with other federal agencies. Documents obtained by Washington-based Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act illustrate the cost and scope of the program, which business groups and some Republican lawmakers have assailed as invasive and potentially illegal. The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported how the CFPB compelled banks to comply with the program by making successful passage of routine inspections conditional on supplying...
  • Judicial Watch: FOIA release shows CFPB conducting warrantless surveillance on consumers

    06/28/2013 8:41:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/28/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Get ready for another front on the debate over privacy, consumption, and the trade-off between them. Yesterday, Judicial Watch announced that they had received data through a FOIA demand that showed warrantless surveillance on 5 million American consumers — not for national-security reasons, but for the new Consumer Financial Protection Board. The documents show that the controversial panel has contracted out the service of trawling through millions of transactions, emphases in original: Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) revealing that the agency has spent millions of dollars for the warrantless...
  • First State Department Benghazi photos released

    06/20/2013 2:19:06 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | 6-20-2013 | Sharyl Attkisson
    First State Department Benghazi photos released By SHARYL ATTKISSON / CBS NEWS/ June 20, 2013, 4:51 PM After being sued under Freedom of Information (FOIA) law, the State Department released its first photos Thursday showing the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on Benghazi. Why the Benghazi controversy is "absolutely not" over According to the watchdog group Judicial Watch, which filed the lawsuit against the government, the seven photos "seem to depict portions of the so-called 'Special Mission Compound' in Benghazi, including: what appears to be a burned and ransacked building; at least two burned vehicles; and Arabic...
  • Government Entities Stymie FOIA Requests To Hide Information

    06/04/2013 8:58:12 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/1/2013 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Department of Education said the least expensive employee able to fulfill a specific Freedom of Information Act request has a total compensation of $116,917 a year. In 2009, the Michigan State Police said in a FOIA response to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy that materials related to the spending of Homeland Security grants would cost $6.8 million. Whether it's $337.26 for school district deficit elimination plans from the state department of education, or an outrageous FOIA bill of $6.8 million, reformers pushing for more government transparency find that costs can serve as an effective barrier to the...
  • Top Obama appointees using secret email accounts

    06/04/2013 6:20:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | June 4, 2013
    Some of President Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for...
  • Emails of top Obama appointees remain a mystery (AP discovers more private accounts)

    06/04/2013 5:57:57 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan
    AP via My Way News ^ | 06/04/2013 | Jack Gillum
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more...
  • Freedom Of Redacted Act

    05/15/2013 8:19:19 AM PDT · by the_Watchman · 2 replies
    KFYI Radio web page (Phoenix, AZ) ^ | May 15, 2013 | Barry Young
    The American Civil Liberties Union made a Freedom of Information Act request for documents about warrant less spying of text messages. The Department of Justice responded with this.TRANSPARENCY! [ Page upon page of totally redacted information. ]