FOIA

US DOJ Accused Of Intentionally Using 21 Year Old System To Frustrate FOIA Requests

President Obama's "most transparent administration ever" is being accused of "failure by design" in the DoJ’s protocols for responding to public requests. The FOIA law states that agencies must "make reasonable efforts to search for the records in electronic form or format," but as The Guardian reports, a new lawsuit alleges DoJ intentionally conducts inadequate searches of its records using a decades-old computer system when queried by citizens looking for records that should be available to the public.

State Records Show Hillary Had "Zero Interest In Disclosing Emails To Public" As Law Requires

“The new Hillary Clinton email records show she had zero interest in disclosing her emails to the public as the law requires,” stated Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.  “And the emails show the Obama State Department gave special accommodations to Clinton’s email system, which the agency knew was unsecure, was likely hacked, and was not transparent under FOIA.”

State Department Delays More Clinton-Related Records Requests... Up To 75 Years

Though Obama launched his presidency with a promise to be the “most transparent” in history, his administration has had a fitful record on openness. Despite adding dozens of staffers to its FOIA offices, the State Department argued in court that it would take 75 years to complete a review of documents related to the Republican National Committee’s sweeping request of records for former Clinton aides.

Trump Furious As Obama Administration Blocks Release Of Hillary-TPP Emails Until After Election

Update: Donald Trump's campaign demands release of Hillary's TPP emails... With Hillary Clinton unclear on her 'real' support for ObamaTrade, and international trade bound to be a crucial issue during the 2016 US Presidential campaign, it will likely come as no surprise to many that, as International Business Times reports, the Obama administration has now abruptly blocked the release of Clinton's State Department correspondence about the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after first saying it expected to produce the emails this spring.

The Fascinating Story Of How The Petrodollar Was Born And Lived In Secrecy For Over 40 Years

For decades, the story of Saudi Arabia recycling US petrodollars, i.e., funding the US deficit by buying US Treasuries with proceeds of its crude oil sales (mostly to the US), while the US sweetened the deal by providing the Saudis with military equipment and supplies, remained entirely in the conspiracy realm, with no confirmation or statement from the US Treasury department. Now, that particular "theory" becomes the latest fact, thanks to a fascinating story by Bloomberg which lays out the history of how the petrodollar was born...

Obama Steps In To Defend Hillary: DOJ Fights To Block Clinton Deposition

Late Thursday evening the Justice Department, under US attorney general Loretta Lynch, first appointed in 1999 by none other than Bill Clinton,  filed a court motion opposing the Clinton deposition request from conservative legal watchdog Judicial Watch, claiming that the organization was trying to dramatically expand the scope of the lawsuit.

First "Shocking" Deposition In Clinton Email Case Reveals She Did Not Use A Password

According to Lewis Lukens, a veteran 27-year foreign service officer at the State Department who served as the deputy executive secretary  Clinton did not use a password to protect her stand-alone computer from unwanted intruders such as hackers. During the deposition, Lukens volunteered that the stand-alone computer adjacent to her suite did not have a password for protection  “She wouldn’t have had a password.” Bekesha asked, astonished, “So the computer would have just been open and be able  to use without going through any security features?” “Correct,” Lukens replied.

Least Transparent Ever - The Truth About Obama's Liberal Potemkin Village

After early promises to be the most transparent administration in history, this has been one of the most secretive. And in certain ways, one of the most elusive. On media rights generally, the Obama administration hasn’t walked its talk. It has set new records for stonewalling or rejecting Freedom of Information requests. And it has used an obscure federal act to prosecute leakers.

Sworn Depositions Of Close Clinton Aides Begin This Week

Interviews in a civil lawsuit with current and former State Department officials concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server will begin this week. Lewis Lukens, a former deputy assistant secretary of state, will be interviewed under oath in the first deposition taken as part of a lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch over access to Mrs. Clinton’s records during her time in office.