Open Thread: Bloggergate Documents

Juan Cole and ACLU Sue CIA, FBI 

Juan Cole writes about the lawsuit filed on Wednesday agains the FBI and CIA.  Documents requested in a FOIA were never received. (Sound familiar?). 

I had told the ACLU, “Americans don’t need permission from their government to write and publish their political opinions. If the Bush White House pettily attempted to use the CIA to destroy my reputation by seeking dirt on my private life in order to punish me for speaking out, that would be a profound violation of my Constitutional rights.”

Truthout has a story about it here.

Thoughts, comments, feedback are always welcome.

Gov. Rell: "The Computer Ate My Homework!"

When you read stuff like this you really don't have to wonder if Dautrich focus group tested this message before she sent it out:

A review of documents provided by the university to The Day also shows that the governor's office did not fully comply with previous requests for public records, leaving out a handful of e-mail responses from Moody to Dautrich, including a message that thanks the professor for his help in crafting Rell's budget speech.

Harris declined to comment on any of the new findings in the UConn documents, but said in an interview this week that the Moody e-mails had been withheld from a reporter inadvertently because the governor's staff had not correctly used the "Find" function in the Outlook e-mail program when complying with The Day's records request.

1st thing:

Trolling for Comedy at the Department of Justice

The Great CarnacIn my spare time, I like to troll around over at the Department of Justice reading the FOIA Post. I spent the evening catching up on what's new in the world of FOIA court decisions. Fun stuff shows up - especially when a Justice is getting pissed at the Defendant (otherwise known as government agencies).

Came across one particular case I thought y'all might enjoy.

FOIA Training Series - May 2009 in Washington DC

The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) is presenting a series of one-day seminars on the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts May 12, 13, 14 in Washington DC. Unfortunately, it's not cheap. Detailed information about each session of the daily seminars can be found in a pdf here.


My FOIA Appeal to the NSA

For the last several weeks I've been working on an appeal letter in response to a rejected FOIA request to the National Security Agency.

It's done. I sent the appeal letter off in the mail today. It's 12 pages long with another 30 or so pages in enclosures. Maybe once I get the next response back, I'll post some of the appeal letter for grins and giggles.

How to file an FOIA with the DOD

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes a presumption that records in the possession of agencies and departments of the executive branch of the U.S. Government are accessible to the people.(1)

Because my area of interest is defense contractors and their employees, I've outlined below how to obtain information from the Department of Defense.

What Really Were In The Tapes and Why The Destruction!

I was going to do a quick writeup about the destroyed CIA Interrogation Tapes, earlier this week, after listening once again to ex-CIA agent John Kiriakou being interviewed, on NPR's All Things Considered {you can listen to the interview at the link} and his interviews sounding so much like they were memorized facts that really go no where.

Fact is I don't buy his story.