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  • The Latest on Obama/Clinton Scandals (Weekly Update)

    11/28/2015 10:47:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 27, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    Secret Service in Cover-Up Mode on Obama Travel Costs State Department Rushed Approval for Hillary Clinton's Memoirs Happy ThanksgivingSecret Service in Cover-Up Mode on Obama Travel Costs There may be legitimate reasons for the Secret Service to keep some documents from the public. But concealing taxpayer-funded security expenses for Barack Obama's luxury vacations sure isn't one of them. That's why your JW has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Secret Service for failing to respond to 19 Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for security-related expenses related...
  • FTC goes 'Star Chamber' on warrant transparency

    11/28/2015 7:51:25 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 28 Nov, 2015 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Intrepid reporter Kathryn Watson at The Daily Caller News Foundation just wanted to get copies of administrative subpoenas issued by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC replied to her Freedom of Information Act request with obstruction. Nobody knows how many administrative subpoenas are issued by government agencies. Administrative subpoenas are warrants for records such as private “papers” and emails. They are issued unilaterally by government bureaucrats, and are impossible to reconcile with the Fourth Amendment’s requirements of "oath and affirmation" of "probable cause" before neutral judges. Watson and The Daily Caller News Foundation have been doing the work that Congress...
  • Citizens have a right to government records

    11/24/2015 5:36:41 PM PST · by Elderberry · 4 replies
    mysanantonio.com ^ | 11/22/2015 | Kelley Shannon
    If you've seen news reports about suspicious state contracts or chemical waste pits or officials' text messages in the Waco biker shootout, you may notice a recurring theme: government records obtained through the Texas Public Information Act. Fortunately, our state’s public information law, created in the early 1970s, presumes government records are open unless a specific exemption in the law keeps the documents off-limits. The public has a right to know. That means all citizens - not only journalists - can access government records. "It's very easy," said award-winning reporter Melissa Correa of KRGV-TV in Weslaco, recently explaining her use...
  • Court won’t hear case over grant to Planned Parenthood

    11/16/2015 7:09:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 16, 2015 9:39 AM EST
    The Supreme Court has rejected an anti-abortion group's bid to force disclosure of confidential Planned Parenthood and federal government records about a contract for family planning services in New Hampshire. The justices on Monday let stand a ruling that allowed the U.S. Health and Human Services Department to withhold some documents in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by New Hampshire Right to Life. ...
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Sues Judicial Watch To Keep “Transgender” Policy Records Secret...

    11/02/2015 6:28:32 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 2, 2015
    Full title: Fairfax County Public Schools Sues Judicial Watch To Keep “Transgender” Policy Records Secret before Key Election Fairfax County School Board Hires Private Law Firm, Court Today Questions Lawsuit as “Form over Substance” (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on Friday, October 30, the Fairfax County School Board sued Judicial Watch rather than turn over records prior to Election Day concerning a controversial change in policy accommodating “transgender” students. The board filed suit in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Virginia ( Fairfax County Public Schools v. Judicial Watch, Inc. (No. 2015 14395)). At a calendar hearing...
  • Judicial Watch Sues State Department for Records of Hillary Clinton’s Training[....]

    11/02/2015 6:05:50 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 29, 2015 | Judicial Watch
    Federal law requires that “Department of State employees with original or derivative classification authority for national security information must complete training on proper classification marking” (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on October 16, 2015, it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State to obtain records about Hillary Clinton’s training on “making and marking” classified information. The lawsuit also seeks similar records for Clinton’s top State Department aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S....
  • Another Benghazi Smoking Gun (Weekly Update)

    10/24/2015 10:16:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 23, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Changes History On Benghazi New State Documents Show Quick White House Effort to Link Benghazi to Internet Video JW Uncovers Draft Hillary Clinton IndictmentJudicial Watch Changes History On Benghazi Yesterday, I had the honor of attending part of Benghazi Select Committee hearing featuring Hillary Clinton. Joining me was Judicial Watch attorney Ramona Cotca, one of the key JW attorneys litigating the federal open records lawsuits that forced both the creation of the Select Committee and the disclosure of Hillary Clintons illicit email system. As the Washington Post pointed out in a not-too-friendly piece, this hearing would not have...
  • Judicial Watch: New State Documents Show Quick White House Effort to Link Benghazi to Internet Video

    10/20/2015 9:51:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 20, 2015
    State Department documents detail delays and lack of support in hours after attack (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today released new State Department documents that raise more questions about the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission at Benghazi, Libya. The documents show the White House contacted YouTube over an Internet video as one of its first moves after the initial attack. The documents, from the agencys Bureau of Diplomatic Security, were provided to Judicial Watch in response to a court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for...
  • Privatizing Government, Democrat-Style

    10/11/2015 6:28:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Dont feel lonely, Mrs. Clinton. Youre not the only public official shielding public actions from the public by using private modes of communication a private email account and server, or texts on a personal cell phone. Meet fellow Democrat and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The Chicago Tribune took the Emanuel administration to court recently for the second time in three months. The paper* charges the mayor with [violating] state open records laws by refusing to release communications about city business conducted through private emails and text messages. Still pending is the Worlds Greatest Newspapers first lawsuit against the mayors...
  • Media Advisory: Court Hearing Scheduled for Tomorrow on Clinton Email Preservation

    09/30/2015 10:34:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 30, 2015
    (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch today announced that Judge Reggie B. Walton set a status conference tomorrow in litigation concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clintons email issue. The court is considering a request from Judicial Watch for a preservation order to protect all emails in the possession of Clinton, her lawyers and her former aides. The issue arises in a lawsuit brought on by Judicial Watch against the U.S. Department of State. Judicial Watchs preservation order proposal would protect any emails Clinton and her lawyers unilaterally determined to be personal. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:12-cv-02034))....
  • Chicago Tribune sues over Mayor Emanuels private email use

    09/24/2015 1:05:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2015 3:48 PM EDT
    The Chicago Tribune is suing Mayor Rahm Emanuel over claims he violated open records laws for failing to disclose personal emails and texts used to conduct city business. Thursdays lawsuit asks a judge to force the former White House chief of staff to produce documents. The lawsuit argues that the newspapers Freedom of Information Act requests to Emanuels administration have been met with a pattern of non-compliance, partial compliance, delay and obfuscation.
  • Judge denies Obama admin. request to halt Clinton email cases

    09/10/2015 10:00:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 10, 2015 | Stephan Dinan
    A federal judge Thursday rejected the Obama administrations efforts to halt all of the open-records lawsuits seeking access to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clintons emails. Judge Richard J. Leon, without comment, rejected the Justice Departments request for a stay in a short order posted online. Hes the first judge to rule on the request, which the department filed last week as it tries to get a single judge to oversee the more than 30 open-records cases seeking Clinton emails. Judge Leons rejection probably puts the nail in that idea, since it would take universal buy-in from the more...
  • Hillarys E-mails Reveal a Startling Amount of Dependency (very revealing and amusing)

    09/05/2015 2:15:58 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 42 replies
    NRO ^ | 4 Sep 15 | Stephen L. Miller
    If I were to approach a person on the street and list off traits like doesnt drive, needs food prepared, needs help with the remote control, needs people to bring her beverages, has trouble remembering things, and doesnt pay her own bills about someone anonymously, he wouldnt think I was referring to a current presidential front-runner in the year 2015. He would think I was referring to his poor nana, whom he had to place in a home because she wouldnt stop yelling at the lamp and was at risk of accidentally microwaving her dentures. But, as we now know...
  • New Hillary Clinton Emails Show Violation of Freedom of Information Law

    09/01/2015 7:26:16 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Sharylattkisson.com ^ | September 1, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    The newly-released batch of Hillary Clinton emails provides further proof that Freedom of Information (FOI) law has been blatantly violated. The documents include material directly responsive to a FOI request I made back in 2012 after the Benghazi terrorist attacks on the U.S. compounds. However, the material was not produced at the time, as required by law. Once again, there appears to be nobody who holds government officials and agencies accountable for their routine violation of this law. So the infractions occur frequently and with impunity. If nobody polices our government officials and agenciesif they are above the lawthen how...
  • IRS must say if White House sought taxpayers information: Judge

    08/28/2015 12:25:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 28, 2015 | Stephan Dinan
    A federal judge Friday ordered the IRS to turn over the records of any requests from the White House seeking taxpayers private information from the tax agency, delivering a victory to a group that for two years has been trying to pry the data loose. Its not clear that there were any such requests but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the IRS cannot just refuse to say so by citing taxpayer confidentiality laws, known as section 6103 of the tax code. This court questions whether section 6103 should or would shield records that indicate confidential taxpayer information was misused,...
  • Army stats show that women are injured twice as often as men in combat training

    08/26/2015 11:50:23 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    The Wasington Times ^ | August 26, 2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    Female soldiers suffered double the rate of injuries compared with male colleagues in Army combat training, including jobs in field artillery and repairing the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. The startling statistics come from Army studies obtained by the Center for Military Readiness (CMR), a research group that opposes what the Obama administration is expected to do by years end: put women in the direct land combat in infantry, armor, artillery and special operations units. Retired Gen. Raymond Odierno, who completed his four-year stint as Army chief of staff, said earlier this month that he already has decided to open all artillery...
  • What Is Obama's Top Population-Control Freak Hiding?

    08/26/2015 4:07:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    The most transparent administration in American history is at it again -- dodging sunlight and evading public disclosure. Joining former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her secret servers, former IRS witch hunt queen Lois Lerner and her secret email accounts, former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and her Internet alter egos, and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his non-public email account is White House science czar John Holdren. President Obama's top climate change adviser is defending his hide-and-seek game in federal court. Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C.-based Competitive Enterprise Institute appealed a D.C. district court ruling protecting Holdren's...
  • DHS has no record of State Dept. giving info for Clinton server audit, despite rules

    08/24/2015 10:49:32 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-24-2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    The State Department does not appear to have submitted legally required information regarding Hillary Clinton's secret computer server to the Department of Homeland Security during her term as secretary, FoxNews.com has learned. All federal government agencies are mandated to submit a list of systems, vulnerabilities and configuration issues to DHS every 30 days. The department then performs a "cyberscope audit" to ensure security, a responsibility the agency has had since 2010. FoxNews.com learned of the lapse as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request submitted June 11. It is not clear if State Department officials in charge of...
  • Judge says Hillary Clinton's private emails violated policy

    08/20/2015 2:27:49 PM PDT · by Theoria · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 20 Aug 2015 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge indicated Thursday that he believes Hillary Clinton violated government policy by storing official emails on a private server when she worked as secretary of state. During a hearing on a Freedom of Information Act case, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the actions had complicated the State Departments ability to respond to requests for the agencys records on various topics. We wouldnt be here today if this employee had followed government policy, Sullivan said, apparently referring to Clinton. After Justice Department lawyer Peter Wechsler argued that FOIA normally doesnt allow for searches of government officials private accounts,...
  • Federal Judge Moves Up Hearing for Hillary Email Case

    08/19/2015 11:19:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 8/18/2015 | Debra Heine
    A Washington, D.C., federal judge, perhaps tired of getting the runaround from the Obama State Department, has moved up a hearing with the State Department, originally scheduled for September, to this Thursday, August 20th. This is the latest development in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, the former deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Last week, Washington, D.C., federal judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the State Department to explain in writing what it was doing to work with the FBI and the...
  • State Department Accused Of Incompetence After It Finds 81,000 Clinton Aide Emails

    08/17/2015 2:03:00 PM PDT · by maggief · 62 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 17, 2015 | Chuck Ross
    The State Department says it has more than 81,000 state.gov emails from a top Clinton aide at the State Department despite the agencys past claims that it did not have such records. The discrepancy, which has led to accusations that the State Department is either lying or incompetent, is laid out in the agencys Aug. 13 response in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Gawker. In Sept. 2012, the website filed a FOIA request for emails Clinton aide Philippe Reines sent to reporters at various news agencies. The State Department responded in July 2013, saying that it found...
  • Judicial Watch Statement on the State Departments Report to the Court on Hillary Clintons...

    08/14/2015 4:17:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | August 14, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    Full title: Judicial Watch Statement on the State Departments Report to the Court on Hillary Clintons Missing Records (Washington, DC ) Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the recentstatus report provided to the court by the State Department regarding its efforts to recover the records of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides: The State Department filing is woefully deficient, misleading, and contemptuous of the courts orders for complete disclosure about Mrs. Clintons email system and the systems of Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills. The court, Judicial Watch and the American people...
  • ATF Denies Being an Agency to Avoid FOIA Compliance Requirements

    08/11/2015 10:46:21 AM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 8/11/15 | David Codrea
    ScreenHunter_12 Aug. 10 17.29 A legal response filed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives claims a Freedom of Information Act-related complaint improperly targets them. The ATF is not an agency within the meaning of the F.O.I.A., 5 U.S.C. 552 (f) (1), and is, therefore, not a proper party defendant, the response claims . . . The complaint, filed June 23 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks an order to compel the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request filed in March...
  • Clinton Hedging in her response to Judicial Watch FOIA suit

    08/09/2015 8:02:16 AM PDT · by glabbe · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/8/2015 | Josh Gerstein
    Acting in response to a request from a federal judge, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday submitted her first official, formal certification under penalty of perjury that she had all her work-related email turned over to the State Department. Clinton's formal declaration may not satisfy her critics because while she has said she directed that all potential federal records in her private email account be turned over to her former agency, she can't personally certify that the handover was complete because she left the actual sorting process to her attorneys.
  • Obama stonewalls probe into deadly SEAL Team 6 helicopter crash, watchdog says

    08/05/2015 6:15:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 08/05/2015 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Obama administration is violating a judges order to turn over documents in the Aug. 6, 2011, shootdown of a U.S. helicopter call sign Extortion 17 that killed members of SEAL Team 6 in Afghanistan, a watchdog group is charging. On the fourth anniversary of the worst one-day loss of military life in the war on terror, families of the dead say they are aghast that the government will not honor basic requests under the Freedom of Information Act. It has now been four years since Extortion 17 was shot down, said Doug Hamburger, whose Army air crew...
  • Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills put on the spot by 'blockbuster' court order

    08/01/2015 7:21:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/01/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Judge Emmett Sullivan, who is hearing the FOIA lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, has put Hillary Clinton’s top aides Human Abedin and Cheryl Mills (and their boss Hillary) on the spot, in a ruling JW president Tom Fitton describes as a “blockbuster.”  Judicial Watch summarizes (the text of the order appears below): Judicial Watch announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the U.S. State Department to request that Hillary Clinton and her top aides confirm, under penalty of perjury, that they have produced all government records in their possession, return any other government records immediately, and...
  • Records tie Walker's office to bill gutting open records law

    07/30/2015 8:32:21 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    wkow ^ | Jul 30, 2015 7:22 AM MST
    MADISON (AP) -- Newly released documents show Gov. Scott Walker's office was involved in drafting legislation to overhaul Wisconsin's open records law and keep some government materials secret. Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee passed a measure earlier this month that would have shielded many documents created by state government officials from the open records law, including drafts of legislation and staff communications. Republicans quickly backed off after a fierce backlash from outraged lawmakers from both parties and open government advocates.
  • IRS Scandal: It's Dangerous to be on Wrong side of Obama

    07/23/2015 4:43:38 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 7-23-15 | Editorial
    Corruption: A new batch of IRS documents shows an agency that's more political than practical. Besides harassing groups applying for nonprofit status, it went after donors of existing groups. Documents produced by the IRS confirm that being on the wrong side of this administration is a dangerous place to be. Judicial Watch, which used the Freedom of Information Act to pry the documents from the government's grasp, said Wednesday they "confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits." Among these groups was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. That organization "may find itself...
  • Barack and Valerie's great Communist Party marriage

    07/17/2015 6:57:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 7-17-15 | Paul Kengor
    In my current book, Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage, I write of the phenomenon of Communist Party marriages. Theirs was the first party marriage that I observed, wrote Whittaker Chambers in Witness, describing the decidedly non-sacramental marriage of two of his Communist Party comrades, before writing of his own party marriages. From Marx and Engels, to Herbert Marcuse and Wilhelm Reich, to Betty Friedan and Kate Millett, to Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, our comrades on the far left have bequeathed a legacy of noxious ideas on marriage and family. Their political-cultural...
  • Walker and GOP Legislators Drop Controversial Changes to Open Records Law After Bipartisan Backlash

    07/10/2015 8:55:07 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 20 replies
    http://fox6now.com ^ | 7/4/2015 | AP Wire Service
    Walker and GOP legislators drop controversial changes to open records law after bipartisan backlash Posted 3:57 pm, July 4, 2015, by AP Wire  Capitol Madison, WI MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he and GOP legislative leaders have agreed to completely remove a part of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state’s open records laws. Walker announced the decision in a joint statement Saturday, July 4th with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the co-chairs of the joint budget committee. The statement says the records proposal “will be removed from...
  • U.S. Govt. Routinely Breaks Freedom of Info. Laws

    07/04/2015 10:18:56 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    SharylAttkisson.com ^ | July 4, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    In June of 2015, the House Oversight Committee convened hearings to examine failure of the government to comply with federal Freedom of Information Law. The witness list is below.The hearing on Tuesday began with Sharyl Attkisson, a former CBS journalist, who called FOIA a pointless, useless, shadow of its intended self that is broken by design.Attkisson talked about a particular request that she made when her daughter was 8 years old that was not answered until her daughter left for college.In 2013, the Defense Department finally responded to a FOIA request Id made in 2003. Too late to be of...
  • Federal Judge Orders Obama IRS to Court

    Federal Judge Orders Obama IRS to Court JUNE 19, 2015 Judge Demands More Answers from IRS Reopen Clinton FOIA Lawsuit Judicial Watch Goes to Court for Details on Bill Clintons Travels with Sex Offender Judge Demands More Answers from IRS Try telling the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you lost some tax documents and then magically found them again once legal pressure was applied. What do you think the end result would be for you if you tried to operate this way? Judicial Watch is succeeding in court in its effort to remind the Obama IRS that it isnt above...
  • The Obama Administrations Newly Political Approach to FOIAs

    06/09/2015 8:33:33 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | June 9, 2015 | By Eliana Johnson
    At the Treasury Department, the memo came down from the deputy executive secretary, Wally Adeyemo, in December of 2009. Going forward, the memo stated, sensitive information requested under the Freedom of Information Act was to be reviewed not only by career FOIA officials but also by a committee of political appointees... before release. And it didnt just happen at Treasury, but at the IRS and the Department of Homeland Security, too. Current and former FOIA attorneys at these agencies say documents requested by the media have come in for special scrutiny, called sensitive review, often holding up release for weeks...
  • Reporter says Pentagon agreed to give up docs if he never submits another FOIA request

    06/02/2015 6:31:33 PM PDT · by blueyon · 3 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/2/15 | Erik Wemple
    Everyone has a FOIA horror story, though the one told by Vice News investigative reporter Jason Leopold in todays FOIA hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee deserves its very own headline. When asked about why some agencies just refuse to cough up material, Leopold offered this example: Leopold: The Office of Net Assessment (ONA) is the Pentagons in-house think tank. They spend millions and millions of dollars putting together reports reports that they contract out about perhaps some futuristic warfare, or what the situation in the Middle East is going to look like with regards to...
  • Hillary Clintons State Department Staff Kept Tight Rein on Records [Rein = Blocked]

    05/20/2015 7:41:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 19, 2015 8:28 p.m. ET | By Laura Meckler
    Aides scrutinized, sometimes blocked release of documents requested under public-records law WASHINGTONWhen Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, her staff scrutinized politically sensitive documents requested under public-records law and sometimes blocked their release, according to people with direct knowledge of the activities. In one instance, her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, told State Department records specialists she wanted to see all documents requested on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, and later demanded that some be held back. In another case, Ms. Millss staff negotiated with the records specialists over the release of documents about former President Bill Clintons speaking engagementsalso...
  • Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al...

    05/18/2015 11:52:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 18, 2015
    Full title: Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified Secret documents from theDepartment of Defense (DOD)and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the...
  • FBI Hands Over 5000 Pages Of Stingray Info To MuckRock, Redacts Nearly All Of It

    05/03/2015 8:20:30 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 8 replies
    TechDirt.com ^ | 3 May 2015
    MuckRock has obtained a whole stack of Stingray-related documents from the FBI. As is to be expected, there's not much left unsaid by the agency, which is at least as protective of its own Stingray secrecy as it is with that of law enforcement agencies all over the US. There's nearly 5,000 pages of "material" here, most of which contains only some intriguing words and phrases surrounded by page after page of redactions. Want to know [REDACTED]'s thoughts on the possible legal implications of Triggerfish? Just close your eyes and allow your imagination to run free. Here's a quick reference...
  • The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches

    04/20/2015 4:56:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/20/2015 | Quin Hillyer
    It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. What’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, steadfastly has refused to make public key documents pertaining to that decision. So the IRS, acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches can’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored. To fight this...
  • US Catholic charities forced to disclose whether they provide immigrants with abortions

    04/08/2015 10:17:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 8, 2015
    One of the numerous hostels provided by the Catholic Church for illegal immigrants. This one is in Los Angeles (CNS) Charities providing help to immigrant children must provide contraception to youngsters, according to government regulationsThe American Civil Liberties Union is taking the US federal government to court to find out whether Catholic Charities are providing abortions to illegal immigrants.According to Vox, the ACLU is filing the unusual lawsuit to find out whether illegal unaccompanied migrants have access to contraception and abortion while being cared for by Catholic charities.The Catholic Church works as a federal contractor in its work housing...
  • Former U.S. Attorney: Hillary Clinton Is Going to Have to Testify in a Federal Court

    04/01/2015 10:47:32 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 32 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4-1-2015 | Brent Scher
    Hillary Clinton knowingly acted to circumvent the Freedom of Information Act by creating a private email server, according to legal experts. Speaking at a panel hosted by government watchdog group Judicial Watch, experts in the field of government accountability agreed that Clintons decision to create her own email server was a deliberate attempt to avoid transparency laws. Daniel Metcalfe, who was the founding director of the Justice Departments office of information and privacy, said that the regime created by Clinton at the State Department was a prescription for blatant circumvention of FOIA. FOIA agents responding to the multiple requests made...
  • Obama Lawyers Afraid to Go to Court on Email Scandal

    03/27/2015 7:02:00 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 13 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 03-27-2015
    The Obama administrations fraud, misconduct and misrepresentation on the Hillary Clinton email scandal continues in federal court. Crafty, corrupt politicians realize that transparency and accountability go hand-in-hand. So that is why Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (with the federal bureaucracies at their beck and call) have a personal and political interest in keeping their records away from the American people even if it means violating the federal transparency law: the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
  • Federal Lawsuit to Force Release of Secret Pentagon Bergdahl Files

    03/28/2015 7:36:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Radix ^ | March 28, 2015 | Jim Kouri
    The sudden announcement of the charges Bergdahl faces, reinvigorated the sometimes fierce political debate that took place last year after the alleged deserter was secretly traded for five high-level Taliban prisoners from the military detention center at the Guantnamo Bay, Cuba, Marine base. Equally controversial was a legal watchdog groups announcement that it had already filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in order to have a federal judge force the Obama-appointed commanders to release records regarding the U.S. Armys review of the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl while he was assigned...
  • Obama Moves to Keep Hillary's Emails Secret

    03/17/2015 7:19:22 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 42 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Jack Fund
    Its a curious time for people who believe in transparency and openness in government. They say they are for transparency. In 2013, President Obama boasted, This is the most transparent administration in history. But watch what his administration does. Today, it will issue new rules exempting a key administrative office that handles issues such as request for access to government email records from the Freedom of Information Act. That law is specifically designed to allow private parties to look at government documents that aren't privileged or involve national security. Ironically, the nation celebrated FOIA just yesterday with National Freedom of...
  • 'Most Transparent' White House Dumps FOIA Regulations for Itself

    03/17/2015 9:46:43 PM PDT · by Syncro · 43 replies
    usnews.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | 6:56 p.m. EDT | Steven Nelson
    'Most Transparent' White House Dumps FOIA Regulations for Itself Transparency advocates hammer Obama administration for change. President Barack Obama says he's running the most transparent administration in history, but transparency advocates aren't applauding. By Steven Nelson March 17, 2015 | 6:56 p.m. EDT The Obama administration announced Tuesday it will ditch regulations that subjected large portions of White House correspondence to public records requests, a decision derided by transparency advocates who wryly noted it was issued during a week celebrating open access to government.The notice exempting theWhite House's Office of Administration from the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act...
  • White House Move To Exempt Itself From FOIA Regs Raises Eyebrows

    03/17/2015 12:50:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 39 replies
    Value Walk ^ | 3-17-2015
    The White Houses new rules exempting an administrative office from being subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have raised eyebrows among transparency advocates. The FOIA allows citizens to obtain government documents from federal agencies. In a Federal Register notice scheduled to publish on Tuesday morning, the action to exempt the Office of Administration is listed as a final rule, implying there will be no opportunity for public comment. The notice highlights that the Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, is removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created and...
  • Hillarys Email Defense Is Laughable: I should know, I ran FOIA for the U.S. government.

    03/17/2015 9:28:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 03/17/2015 | DAN METCALFE
    I thought when I retired from the Justice Department in 2007, I was done with records-related scandals. By that point, I had spent more than a quarter-century as founding director of the Justice Departments Office of Information and Privacy, effectively serving as the federal governments chief information-disclosure guru. In that position, I had weathered many a Clinton records scandal during the 1990sabout two dozen, all told, including two that amazingly have still never become publicand I thought I had seen the last of them. At the very least, I thought I had become immune to being shocked by anything in...
  • "Most Transparent Administration Ever" Is No More: White House To Delete Its FOIA Regulations

    03/17/2015 5:25:45 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/17/15
    Lies, lies, and nothing but lies. The lies end now. As reported moments ago, the White House is voiding a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA (incidentally the same act that discovered none of Hillary Clinton's "personal" government-business emails since they were not even stored on government property!) which as USA Today explains, makes "official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office." And just like that the lie of Obama's transparency is over, and it couldn't come at a worse time for...
  • White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

    03/16/2015 3:01:27 PM PDT · by upchuck · 59 replies
    USA Today-Link only | Mar 16, 2015 | Gregory Korte
  • White House Office of Administration drops transparency regulation on freedom of information day

    03/16/2015 2:58:37 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    upi ^ | March 16, 2015 | By Danielle Haynes
    WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- The White House Office of Administration on Monday announced it's deleting regulations subjecting it to the Freedom of Information Act seven years after a federal judge ruled the office doesn't have to comply with the law. U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in June 2008 the Office of Administration was not subject to FOIA regulations because it doesn't employ "the type of substantial independent authority that the D.C. Circuit has found sufficient to make an (executive office of the president) component an agency under the FOIA." The Office of Administration provides administrative support and business...

    03/15/2015 2:19:52 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 13 2015 | Pam Key
    Friday on CSPAN, Gawker executive editor for investigative journalism John Cook said they are filing the papers for a lawsuit later today or Monday, against the State Department for their Nixonian conspiracy at the highest levels of the State Department to frustrate FOIA requests. Cook explained that it was hard to accept. It could be that there is a conspiracy at the highest levels of the State Department to frustrate this process, he said. [I]t is just shocking to me to find out that there actually was, that dark impulse. Are they really trying, was there really an effort to...