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AP: Homeland Security probed FOIA requesters, delayed data based on politics
hot air ^ | 7/22/10 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/22/2010 10:26:58 AM PDT by Nachum

The Most Transparent Administration Evah has yet another example of doublespeak and opacity uncovered by the Associated Press. A lengthy investigation shows that the Department of Homeland Security investigated people making Freedom of Information Act requests for their politics, and delaying legally mandated disclosures based on political considerations. The demands for information included the party affiliation of those making the requests, a policy that came from the top:

For at least a year, the Homeland Security Department detoured requests for federal records to senior political advisers for highly unusual scrutiny, probing for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive, according to nearly 1,000 pages of internal e-mails obtained by The Associated Press. …

Career employees were ordered to provide Secretary Janet Napolitano’s political staff with information about the people who asked for records — such as where they lived, whether they were private citizens or reporters — and about the organizations where they worked.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foia; homeland; probed; security

1 posted on 07/22/2010 10:27:02 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

2 posted on 07/22/2010 10:27:59 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at
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To: Nachum

Freedom of Information... right Janet?

3 posted on 07/22/2010 10:33:51 AM PDT by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: Nachum

We Are Venezuela

4 posted on 07/22/2010 10:35:35 AM PDT by rvoitier (Progressives are in the GOP, too.)
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To: Nachum
They don't have the time or want to secure the border to keep out the real threats but they have all the time in the world to scrutinize legitimate citizens in fascistic manner. Your tax dollars at work folks!
5 posted on 07/22/2010 10:39:47 AM PDT by 444Flyer
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To: Gasshog
Maybe DOJ will investigate this./sarc
6 posted on 07/22/2010 10:40:53 AM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it freedom has a flavor the protected will never know .F Trp 8th Cav)
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To: Nachum

Most Transparent Administration In History.

7 posted on 07/22/2010 10:43:55 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Save America)
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To: rvoitier
"We Are Venezuela"

No! As I have said many times before, we are "A Nation of Laws." /sarc

A Nation of Laws descending openly at great speed to a post-Weimar dictatorship with the complicity of the lap-dog MSM.

8 posted on 07/22/2010 11:08:44 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: Nachum

So Janet Napolitano is the “fed” who is telling Hawaii that they can’t make legally-required disclosures. Now I know how I need to approach this issue in Hawaii.

I said in a thread recently that the push to allow targeted assassinations of US citizens deemed to be enemies of the US (without due process) will result in people like myself being executed. There is no doubt at all that Janet Napolitano has targeted “vexatious requestors” like myself for unequal treatment. Right now that unequal treatment is to deny us what is legally ours in terms of information. When targeted assassinations are allowable, it will allow her to deny us the right to life.

The groundwork is being laid in an eerily calculated, systematic way.

I think we can’t afford to wait for the election. I think we need huge protests demanding that these lawless thugs be brought to justice and the rule of law be brought back to our land.

9 posted on 07/22/2010 11:09:08 AM PDT by butterdezillion (.)
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To: Nachum

This could be hugh and series! Surely this will piss off even the Obama Tribe Media.

10 posted on 07/22/2010 11:57:48 AM PDT by penelopesire (FOX NEWS TRIBAL PRINCESS)
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To: Nachum
Imagine if Karl Rove had FOIA requests routed to him and then investigated the people who made the requests.
11 posted on 07/22/2010 3:00:29 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Nachum

We have become only slaves. Shall we like Spartacus rebel against the new Rome? Will we loose and be crucified on the highways to Washington? Or will we like our triumphant founders prevail?

12 posted on 07/22/2010 4:10:41 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Nachum

Hey, hey, hey!

Don’t forget this little gem!

J-No has no “amore” for Jihadist Dean Martin (which is a common terrorist name)!

rosettasister Says:

July 17, 2009 at 12:17 am

Treasurer Martin On No-Fly List

New Status Could Be Political Payback, Martin Says

13 posted on 07/22/2010 4:19:42 PM PDT by rosettasister
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To: Nachum

Dr. Conspiracy 24. Jul, 2010 at 6:49 am



A check of government records could tell us whether Obama’s mother was outside the country in August 1961. Perhaps this is the reason why Dr.C cannot get the straight answer to his FOIA request from January 2009.


The information I have is that entry and exit records do not exist that far back (1961).

(Me: What a crock!)

My FOIA is simply for a record of when passports were issued.

(I found this at Can this possibly be true? I mean, that these records “do not exist”?)

14 posted on 07/24/2010 11:08:07 AM PDT by rosettasister
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FOIA Requests delayed and requesters investigated by the Obama regime


The Hawaii Department of Health was caught doing something similar when they inadvertently disclosed to The Post & Email, which requested and paid for numerous UIPA requests, emails which revealed that they were “checking out” requesters on the internet to determine their political leanings.

A FOIA request made by Mr. Kenneth Allen of Arizona for the travel records of Stanley Ann Soetoro and Lolo Soetoro was made on February 9, 2009, and was not fulfilled, forcing Allen to file a lawsuit.

Despite a judge’s order that the information be released by June 30, 2010, in a recent email exchange with Mr. Allen, The Post & Email learned that he still has received nothing.

Allen stated:

…not only the DOJ but the Judge is stonewalling now…I believe in my heart they won’t release those docs because they show Obama’s mother was in Kenya at the time of his birth.

Allen had also requested the records of “Barry Soetoro,” reasoning that he should receive them

“Because … Barack Obama denies he was ever called Barry Soetoro it shouldn’t be a problem with transparency when it comes to producing the requested records … And because Barry Soetoro is not a citizen, as defined by the law, he isn’t protected by the FOIA.”

Despite Eric Holder’s statement that ““The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, reflects our nation’s fundamental commitment to open government,”

the Department of Justice has refused to release any information on “Barack Hussein Obama” or “Barry Soetoro” to Mr. Allen,

who had claimed that “Barry Soetoro is neither a citizen of the United States nor an alien with permanent residence and…

Soetoro would have had to have gone through immigration and customs at some point between 1961 and 2009.”

(Please go to above link to access multiple links embedded in article.)


If memory serves, Allen is not seeking Obama’s records any longer, only Stanley Ann and Lolo.

15 posted on 07/24/2010 11:24:06 AM PDT by rosettasister
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