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  • It's Time to Expand Public Records Transparency

    02/03/2016 9:17:01 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2016 | Michael Reitz
    Mackinac Center Executive Vice President Michael Reitz was featured in Monday’s edition of Stateside on Michigan Radio to discuss the need for more transparency in government in light of what is happening in Flint. “The justification for FOIA unfortunately is very clear and very apparent in situations like the one we have now with the Flint water crisis where decisions were made that will affect people’s lives in horrific ways for years and years to come,” Reitz told host Cynthia Canty. “The people of Flint and the people of Michigan justifiably want to know who made these decisions and how...
  • "turn it into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure" [the smoking gun]

    01/08/2016 10:28:47 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 61 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | June 17, 2011 | Hillary Clinton
    "turn it into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure"
  • State Department Suddenly Discovers Thousands More Clinton Documents

    01/15/2016 2:08:24 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-15-16 | John Hayward
    Watchdog group Judicial Watch has been trying to squeeze Hillary Clinton’s documents out of the State Department with Freedom of Information Act requests for years. FOIA requests have a way of turning into FOIA lawsuits before any wing of the Obama Administration responds to them. Last Friday, three years after one such suit was filed, the State Department suddenly discovered thousands of previously undisclosed Clinton documents. "This latest find of Clinton records, at this late date, is astonishing," Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton declared. "The State Department waited to last possible moment, as it did with the Clinton emails, to...
  • Judicial Watch Uncovers 2004 State Department Records Confirming Arab Smuggling “Cells,” Al...

    01/13/2016 10:36:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 13, 2016
    Full title: Judicial Watch Uncovers 2004 State Department Records Confirming Arab Smuggling "Cells," Al Qaeda Leader in Mexico. For more than a decade the U.S. government has known that "Arab extremists" are entering the country through Mexico with the assistance of smuggling network "cells," according to State Department documents obtained by Judicial Watch that reveal among them was a top Al Qaeda operative wanted by the FBI. Some Mexican smuggling networks actually specialize in providing logistical support for Arab individuals attempting to enter the United States, the government documents say. The top Al Qaeda leader in Mexico was identified in...
  • House passes sweeping FOIA reform legislation

    01/11/2016 4:27:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 11, 2016 | Megan R. Wilson & Cristina Marcos
    The House on Monday passed legislation that would create the most sweeping reforms to federal open records laws in nearly a decade. Approved by voice vote, the measure would limit exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that now allow federal agencies to hold back information. The bill would also create a single online portal for people to make FOIA requests and require agencies to publicly post frequently requested records online. The legislation has been years in the making, following persistent complaints about the FOIA process from journalists, the public and members of Congress. "We regularly use the Freedom...
  • Judicial Watch: State Department Finds New Records in Clinton FOIA Litigation

    01/11/2016 2:27:50 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 11, 2016
    (Washington, DC ) - Judicial Watch announced today that the Obama State Department recently found "thousands" of new records from Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. According to information provided to Judicial Watch by various Justice Department attorneys, the new documents appear be "working" records in electronic format located on both "shared" and "individual" drives accessible to or used by persons identified as being relevant to Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits on the Benghazi scandal and controversies from Clinton's term at State. The State Department confirmed the new find in a court filing late this past...
  • Clinton Email Scandal Worsens (JW Weekly Update)

    01/09/2016 10:20:13 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 8, 2016 | Tom Fitton
    State Dept. IG Confirms FOIA Fraud by Hillary Clinton and Obama State Dept. Retrieved Emails Show Top Clinton Aide Prioritized Advertising Design over the Deaths of U.S. Personnel in Benghazi Obama Power Grab Racially Divisive and DangerousState Dept. IG Confirms FOIA Fraud by Hillary Clinton and Obama State Dept. Inspectors general offices (OIG) are established under federal law at federal agencies as "independent and objective units within most agencies. Their duties are to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the programs and operations of their respective agencies." Under the Obama administration, OIG independence has been attacked, and many IG...
  • State dumps thousands of Clinton emails at 1 a.m.

    01/08/2016 10:04:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1-8-16 | Sarah Westwood
    State Department officials released roughly 2,900 pages of Hillary Clinton's private emails early Friday morning, several hours past their target of late Thursday evening. State first set a broad target of somewhere between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday. But as the night wore on, that shifted to a 2 a.m. estimate. They were finally released right around 1 a.m. The late release was on top of State's failure to release all the emails by New Year's Eve. Instead of releasing everything on Dec. 31, State said it needed another few days to finish the group of Clinton messages. The...
  • State Department covered up Hillary's private email server for years even though 'dozens ...

    01/07/2016 11:47:15 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | January 7, 2016 | David Martosko
    Complete Headline: State Department covered up Hillary's private email server for years even though 'dozens of senior officials' knew about it, says scathing inspector general report Critical report from State Department's own internal watchdog details abuse of Freedom of Information Act while Clinton ran the agency 177 of the 240 FOIA requests lodged for information about Hillary while she was secretary of state are still pending three years after she left office State told a liberal group it had no information about Hillary's emails in 2013 even though many senior officials were emailing her on her private server The U.S....
  • Clinton's private email account exploits FOIA loophole, report says

    01/06/2016 11:01:25 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 07, 2016 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela Browne
    EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton’s unorthodox use of a private email account and personal server for government business exploited a loophole in the State Department's FOIA, or Freedom of Information Act, process, according to the findings of the first Inspector General report to stem from her email scandal. Congress asked the Office of Inspector General, the State Department's independent watchdog, to investigate the issue following the revelation that Mrs. Clinton did not use a government email account while secretary of state. Fox News reviewed the 25-page report and its findings before they were made publicly available. The report reads in part: "FOIA...
  • Top Clinton Aide Focused on Private Company 24 Hours After Deadly Benghazi Attack

    01/06/2016 7:38:11 AM PST · by Liz · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch Press Room: just-released State Department emails, written 24 hours after the Benghazi consulate attack, show former Clinton chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, quickly moved past condolences over the slayings to focus her attention on the design of her private companys logo. FOIA litigation forced Mills and other Clinton aides to turn over emails from non-State.gov accounts on which they conducted government business. The emails reference the logo design for the “cdmillsGroup,” a private company set up by Mills on January 3, 2013, a month before she left the State Department. The logo discussion includes another government employee, Jean-Louis...
  • State Dept. plans New Year's Eve release of Clinton emails

    12/28/2015 1:05:02 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/28/15 | Sarah Westwood
    Thousands of Hillary Clinton's private emails will hit the Internet on New Year's Eve thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that permits the State Department to wait until the end of each month to release the documents. The holiday email release will mark the eighth time the agency has published a batch of Clinton's records according to the monthly schedule. The first release came in May of this year and contained fewer than 300 emails, all of them related to Benghazi. Clinton's use of a personal server to shield her private emails from the public hobbled the early...
  • 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...