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  • Weekly Update: JW Sues To Expose Anti-Trump Deep State

    04/15/2017 10:28:48 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 14, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    Deep State Watch – JW Sues EPA for Records from Encrypted App We Warn 11 States to Clean Voter Registration Lists or Face a Lawsuit JW Sue the ATF for Records on AR-15 Ammo ‘Armor-Piercing’ Ban Gorsuch Confirmation a Victory for Constitutional Government Deep State Watch – JW Sues EPA for Records from Encrypted App The administrative deep state – the legions of unelected, entrenched bureaucrats in Washington – thinks it doesn’t have to answer to an elected president, the rule of law, or the American people. We are now seeking to uncover the truth about the particularly notorious...
  • Judicial Watch Sues EPA for Communications Records of Officials Who May Have Used Cell Phone...

    04/12/2017 11:22:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | April 12, 2017
    Full title: Judicial Watch Sues EPA for Communications Records of Officials Who May Have Used Cell Phone Message Encryption App to Thwart Government Oversight Suit seeks to determine whether officials used software app known as “Signal” to secretly send and receive official messages (Washington, DC) — Judicial Watch today announced it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for communications sent or received by EPA officials who may have used the cell phone encryption application “Signal” to thwart government oversight and transparency. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ( Judicial...
  • Fitton: Documents Confirm that Obama IRS Improperly Targeted Conservatives

    04/11/2017 2:51:25 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 37 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 10 Apr 2017
    We continue to undercover the details of the Obama IRS’s arbitrary and capricious behavior toward those presumed to be “enemies” of President Obama. Last week we released 695 pages of new documents containing admissions by IRS officials that the agency used “inappropriate political labels” to screen the tax-exempt applications of conservative organizations. Other records reveal that the IRS was going to require 501(c)(4) nonprofit organizations to restrict their alleged political activities if they opted for “expedited consideration” of their tax-exempt applications. The documents were produced after a revelation by the IRS that it had located “an additional 6,924 documents of...
  • Judge Garland Shielded White House Visitor Logs From Disclosure

    04/11/2017 1:07:50 PM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 20 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | March 16, 2016 | Steven Nelson
    Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland bent over backward to protect White House visitor logs from disclosure, transparency advocates say, leading to their concern about his approach to the law. The Obama administration has disclosed some White House visitor records as a matter of policy since 2009, but in 2013 the White House won a major appeals decision from Garland that disclosure is not legally necessary under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • FBI sued over Andrew Breitbart’s records

    04/09/2017 10:54:03 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/09/17 | Matthew Vadum
    The FBI has been bad about processing FoIA requests for years now. It’s about time somebody did it, even if it’s the goofy cat-video website Buzzfeed. I’m talking about suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation which is apparently violating federal law by failing to process Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) requests in a timely manner. In this case Buzzfeed wants the FBI file for the late Andrew Breitbart and hasn’t been getting it.
  • Weekly Update: Judicial Watch Goes to Congress and the White House

    04/01/2017 12:02:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 31, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    JW Testifies to House Oversight Committee, Visits WH New Clinton Emails Reveal More Mishandling of Classified Information, Favors for Donors Protecting Election Integrity in North Carolina Supreme Court Battle JW Testifies to House Oversight Committee, Visits WH It was my privilege to testify last week on behalf of Judicial Watch before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which was meeting to hear testimony on several bills that would improve government transparency. The complete hearing is available here . You can read all of my prepared remarks here . But let me share with you a few key...
  • How Local Citizens Can Take Up the Fight Against Public Corruption

    03/17/2017 6:15:09 AM PDT · by milton23 · 3 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 3/16/17 | Brandon Muir
    We hear it all the time from politicians: They are finally going to stop the “waste, fraud, and abuse” in government. In states with more corruption, like Pennsylvania, New York, or Illinois, calls to clean up government are frequent as well. The problem is that these promises rarely come to fruition. This week—Sunshine Week—is a perfect time to stop waiting for someone else to fix these problems. Let’s look to citizens, and a push for more open government, to get the job done. As the saying goes, sunlight is the best disinfectant of all.
  • Judicial Watch Sues DOJ for Records on Airport Meeting Between Bill Clinton and AG Loretta Lynch

    03/15/2017 6:19:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 15, 2017 | 3:34 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    The government watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking all records its has on the June 27, 2016 meeting between President Bill Clinton and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch in her airplane, a meeting that occurred while the FBI was investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, a potential national security crime. The airplane meeting took place on the tarmac at the Phoenix Harbor International Airport, several days before Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI. Several months after the gathering, Lynch told the media that...
  • US spent over $36M on records lawsuits during Obama’s final year in office

    03/14/2017 6:12:00 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 6 replies
    NY POST ^ | March 14, 2017 | AP
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government. For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested. And it set records for outright denial of access to files,...
  • Obama's final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

    03/14/2017 6:03:54 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 10 replies
    wsaw ^ | 14 March 2017 | Associated Press
    An Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data finds the Obama administration in its final year spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act. The Obama administration also set a record -- for a second consecutive year -- for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page of files that were requested.
  • IRS Has 7,000 Unreleased Documents Related to Conservative and Tea Party Targeting

    03/08/2017 7:56:17 PM PST · by drewh · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/8/17 4:22 PM | By TODD SHEPHERD (@TODDASHEPHERD) •
    The IRS has told a federal court that they've recently identified almost 7,000 more documents that could contain information on how the agency targeted the tax-exempt applications of Tea Party organizations or other conservative political groups starting back in 2010, according to a court document. But IRS in the document would not commit to a timeline for releasing the documents. The revelation of thousands of unreleased documents was made in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit from Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that specializes in filing, and in many instances litigating, FOIA requests. For Judicial Watch President...
  • California Supreme Court Says Emails And Texts on Officials' Private Accounts Are Public Records

    03/04/2017 9:05:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    California Supreme Court Says Emails And Texts on Officials' Private Accounts Are Public RecordsGovernment employees in California cannot keep the public from seeing their work-related emails and texts sent on personal devices and through private accounts, the state's Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, closing a loophole that justices said could have allowed the "most sensitive and potentially damning" communications to be shielded. With the ruling, California joins a growing list of states that treat public business done through private accounts as public records. "This ruling is a model for giving government transparency laws meaning in the digital age," said Matthew...
  • Calif. lawmakers file FOIA demanding info on ICE activities

    03/04/2017 2:19:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 4, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Lawmakers in California have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to look into the activities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the state, the Huffington Post reported Friday. According to the report, the request was filed in order to retrieve “information about recent Department of Homeland Security policies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement activities.” The measure was filed by two Democratic lawmakers, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, who argue that transparency is crucial to many California residents. “When the safety of Californians is at stake, we must demand greater...
  • Obama lawyers form 'worst-case scenario' group to tackle Trump

    02/24/2017 12:20:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 23, 2017 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Top lawyers who helped the Obama White House craft and hold to rules of conduct believe President Donald Trump and his staff will break ethics norms meant to guard against politicization of the government — and they’ve formed a new group to prepare, and fight. United to Protect Democracy, which draws its name from a line in President Barack Obama’s farewell address that urged his supporters to pick up where he was leaving off, has already raised a $1.5 million operating budget, hired five staffers and has plans to double that in the coming months. They’ve incorporated as both a...
  • Judicial Watch Planning to Sue FBI, NSA, CIA for Flynn Records

    02/18/2017 1:14:30 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-16-2017 | Kristina Wong
    Conservative foundation Judicial Watch is planning to sue several government agencies if they do not hand over records related to the wiretapping of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The group filed Freedom of Information Act requests for the records weeks ago but are planning to sue by next week for the records if they do not receive anything by then. Judicial Watch filed the requests with the FBI, NSA, CIA, and Treasury Department, according to the group’s Director of Investigations and Research Chris Farrell. The group is aiming to find out whether there was ever a warrant allowing the...
  • New FOIA release: Obama admin knew immediately Benghazi was “direct breaching” terror attack

    02/15/2017 1:02:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/15/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Perhaps the subject of the terror attack on the US consulate in Benghazi will become more academic than political after the 2016 election denied Hillary Clinton the presidency. For now, though, documents continue to emerge that contradict the narrative created by Hillary and the Barack Obama White House about the nature of the attack. Yesterday, Judicial Watch received 54 more pages from its FOIA lawsuits and came across a bombshell buried in them. Notes of a State Department briefing for Congressional aides on the day after the attack show Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy acknowledging that the attack was not a...
  • Open Records Law: U-M Cashes The Check But Fails To Deliver The Info

    02/13/2017 12:44:20 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/9/2017 | Derek Draplin
    The University of Michigan has not delivered documents requested from it in a Freedom of Information Act request despite depositing a check over a month ago. On Nov. 16, 2016, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy filed a FOIA request to the university regarding certain emails of U-M President Mark Schlissel. The university’s FOIA office received the request the next day, then on Nov. 28 requested a 10-day extension allowed under state law. On Dec. 12, the university said a full response to the FOIA request would cost $126 for 2.75 hours of labor. The Mackinac Center paid the university...
  • Federal Court Hearing on FBI Clinton Records – Agency Wants Up to Two Years to Turn Over 35 Records

    02/06/2017 6:40:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Judicial Watch today announced a hearing will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, regarding Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking records held by the FBI containing text messages and emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stored on the equipment of Datto Inc., a commercial data management company, as well as FBI records about the device and what materials were recovered on it (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-02369)).  The case is before U.S. District Court Judge Randolph D. Moss.At the previous hearing Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Trump administration lawyers for the FBI...
  • 'The Most Transparent Administration in History' A campaign promise becomes a punchline.

    01/18/2017 6:45:00 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | February 2017 | C.J. Ciaramella
    Since 2009, press access to the White House has been notably restricted, whistleblower prosecutions have spiked, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the federal government have reached an all-time high. In 2013, the Committee to Protect Journalists published a scathing report, written by former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr., on the Obama administration's obsession with controlling media coverage and burnishing its image.... The most immediate change was a sudden clampdown on unauthorized comments and interviews. The Obama administration made sure the word got out: The only people who talk to journalists are public affairs officers. In 2014,...
  • CIA publishes 12 million declassified documents on-line

    01/17/2017 7:58:26 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    CIA Reading Room ^ | January 17, 2017
    Welcome to the Central Intelligence Agency's Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room. Do UFOs fascinate you? Are you a history buff who wants to learn more about the Bay of Pigs, Vietnam or the A-12 Oxcart? Have stories about spies always fascinated you? You can find information about all of these topics and more in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Electronic Reading Room. Link goes to reading room.