Thursday, October 27, 2011

FOIA is under attack by US Intelligence Agencies

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is under attack by US Intelligence Agencies who want the legal power to inform Law Abiding US Citizens that the records which they are seeking, don't exist. When in fact they DO EXIST! 
At present the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) states the government may withhold information and issue a one page letter which read the following...

"The records you are seeking through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can neither be confirmed to exist, nor, at this time can their existence be denied, if indeed they ever existed in the first place."  This mouth full of con fusing languge is what is termed in the intellignce community as a Glomar denial . The Glomar denial arose in the mid-1970s when the Los Angeles Times sought information about the CIA's ship 'The Glomar Explorer' built specifically to recover a sunken Soviet submarine.  When the CIA’s realized that their top secret project was out in the open they went to great lengths to deny the story by lying about the existence of documents pertaining to the 'Glomar' ship and it's clandestine mission.

 The new proposal by the Department of Justice – would direct government agencies to “respond to the request AND OUTRIGHT LIE!  Stating that the records do not exist."

It's now to the point that the Federal government thinks it has grown so big, so powerful that they are no longer beholden to the people, to the US constitution, to any semblance of truth, honor, or dignity.

The usual suspects are making the usual noise, such as, ACLU, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and, which,  stated publicly that the revision would systematically destroy what infinitesimal government integrity was left.   The Public deserves the right to the truth, even if the lying, thieving, leviathan federal government disagrees.

This proposed revision to the rule would be the last nail in the coffin of the rotting, decaying corpse that was once the United States of America, the land of the free, the home of the brave. 

In a recent case brought by the ACLU of Southern California, the FBI denied the existence of documents. But the court later discovered that the documents did exist.

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney wrote that the “Government cannot, NOR does it have the right, under any circumstance, to willingly, affirmatively, and with forethought, mislead the Court.”

The Department of Justice simply ignored the ruling and conducted business as usual...

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