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Court Denies Access to Fannie/Freddie Political Records (Obama administration keep Records secret)
biggovernment.com ^ | 10/13.2010 | Tom Fitton

Posted on 10/13/2010 2:10:29 PM PDT by goldendays

Court Denies Access to Fannie/Freddie Political Records

Judicial Watch recently suffered a temporary setback in its pursuit of records related to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s political contributions. On September 30, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled, in effect, that the Obama administration may keep the records of these two government-controlled enterprises secret.

Here is the statement I offered to the press in response: This [ruling] shows that the Obama Administration’s commitment to transparency is a big lie. It is incredible that taxpayers are on the line for at least $400 billion, yet cannot access one document from these agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against the Federal Housing Financial Authority (FHFA) to force the agency’s compliance with a FOIA request, which Judicial Watch submitted on May 29, 2009.

According to Judicial Watch’s motion filed on March 5, 2009, Fannie and Freddie are no longer private enterprises, and therefore their records should be subject to FOIA law:

Until they were seized by FHFA in September 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were private corporations with independent directors, officers, and shareholders. Since that time, however, FHFA, a federal agency subject to FOIA, has assumed full legal custody and control of the records of these previously independent entities.

Hence, these records are subject to FOIA like any other agency records. The court agreed, in large part, with Judicial Watch’s principle arguments, but in the end ruled in favor or the Obama administration in what could perhaps be described as a “split decision.”

Since we’re considering our option to appeal the decision, I think it’s worth a quick review of what the court has said in some detail. Hang with me here as this gets a bit technical in spots.

The Court considered two main questions in determining whether the FHFA records relating to Fannie and Freddie are subject to FOIA.

First, were the records created or obtained by a federal agency?

The Court answered “yes” to this question and in favor of Judicial Watch’s position: “Because the FHFA has title to the records and access to them, the Court concludes that it has ‘obtained’ the records,” presiding U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman wrote.

Second, does the FHFA control the records?

Now here’s where it gets a bit tricky. The courts have established a four-pronged test to determine whether or not a federal agency has “control” over records: (1) the intent of the document’s creator to [either] retain or relinquish control over the records; (2) the ability of the agency to use and dispose of the record as it sees fit; (3) the extent to which agency personnel have read or relied upon the document; and (4) the degree to which the document was integrated into the agency’s record system or files.

The Court ruled that the first two factors weigh in favor of Judicial Watch and the latter two weigh in favor of the Obama administration. However, Judge Friedman deemed the latter two factors “most important,” tipping the scale in favor of the government.

Ultimately, therefore, the Court ruled FHFA did not control the records, and could therefore continue to keep them secret.

I suggest you check out the ruling for yourself, as well as Judicial Watch’s detailed court filings. But we believe, particularly with respect to the fourth factor, there is no question the Fannie and Freddie records were integrated into the agency’s files and are therefore subject to FOIA.

The Court essentially ruled that the records are not public documents because they were created before the government took control of Fannie and Freddie. The Court also ruled that because, supposedly, no one in the Obama administration’s agency “uses” the documents, that they be kept secret from the American people. Respectfully, I’m not persuaded.

Fannie and Freddie used political contributions to protect themselves as they set up the housing market for collapse. Now, as a result, taxpayers are on the hook to Fannie and Freddie for at least $400 billion — and $5 trillion in mortgage liabilities.

The Obama administration has taken over the mortgage market through Fannie and Freddie. And not one document from these two monstrosities is subject to disclosure under our open records law? No wonder the Tea Parties are growing.

The Obama administration is out of control and argues to courts for radical secrecy and lack of accountability.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: barneyfrank; cultureofcorruption; fannie; fanniemae; freddie; freddiemac; judicialoligarchy; judicialtyranny; massachusetts; obama; obamascandals; palin; political; seanbielat; secret; transparency

1 posted on 10/13/2010 2:10:34 PM PDT by goldendays
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To: goldendays

The Obama administration has taken over the mortgage market through Fannie and Freddie. And not one document from these two monstrosities is subject to disclosure under our open records law? No wonder the Tea Parties are growing.

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Obama’s Marxist ways are going to bury the DemoRat party. Good.


2 posted on 10/13/2010 2:12:46 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: EagleUSA

Yet Obama can get divorce records open so he can win an election. What a thug.


3 posted on 10/13/2010 2:15:24 PM PDT by freebird5850 (When 0bama fails, FREEDOM prevails!)
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To: EagleUSA

Shocking Video Unearthed Democrats in their own words Covering up the Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Scam that http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs


4 posted on 10/13/2010 2:15:34 PM PDT by goldendays (that)
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To: goldendays

Another possible reason for this court decision is that most DC judges are corrupt, most DC mayors are corrupt, and they have close ties to the Congressional Black Caucus, which was hip deep in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac ripoff.

So, Obama wouldn’t have to push this one very hard. There’s the Chicago Way, and there’s the DC Way. This is the DC Way.


5 posted on 10/13/2010 2:16:30 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: goldendays

Don’t get too excited, there may very well be plenty of Republicans on this list...


6 posted on 10/13/2010 2:19:16 PM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: Fred
Don’t get too excited, there may very well be plenty of Republicans on this list...

So what? Let's take out all of the trash.

7 posted on 10/13/2010 2:21:38 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Palin Haley O'Donnell - mmm mmmm mmmmmmmmm)
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To: Drill Thrawl

ditto


8 posted on 10/13/2010 2:22:57 PM PDT by Fred (Suspend All Immigration Until Unemployment is Reduced to 5%)
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To: goldendays

That’s OK. We know that the Chi-Coms are paying zero’s salary and that of his cabinet & czars. Aren’t they buying up our operational cost through T-Bills? Didn’t zero bow down to his masters in China and Saudi Arabia?


9 posted on 10/13/2010 2:25:42 PM PDT by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: goldendays

More transparency from the president of smoke and mirrors.


10 posted on 10/13/2010 2:26:22 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: goldendays

Meanwhile the Dems are raging that the US Chamber of Commerce disclose all their donors.


11 posted on 10/13/2010 2:29:19 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: goldendays
TRANSPARENCY
12 posted on 10/13/2010 2:30:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: goldendays; Liz
Access to Fannie/Freddie Political Records

Secret public records?

13 posted on 10/13/2010 2:32:59 PM PDT by Libloather (Teapublican, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: goldendays

I nominate this Outrage for Outrage of the Day.

This tyrant must be stopped. Pitchforks! Torches!


14 posted on 10/13/2010 2:33:54 PM PDT by WAW (Which enumerated power?)
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To: goldendays

You know something is wrong when people try to hide evidence.

Same with ‘real’ birth certificates, all records...on and on and on.


15 posted on 10/13/2010 2:48:55 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: goldendays

I am no fan of such open records laws, as they are great bureaucratic burdens. I include also ones demanded of private business and persons such as Sarbannes Oxley, I-9, records kept for the purpose of the income tax, etc.

In net out they do NOT help accountability. Only honest people can be accountable, and not on account of maintaining drone-like procedures and warehouse of boxes of records.


16 posted on 10/13/2010 2:53:21 PM PDT by bvw
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To: goldendays

We will eventually see them and begin hauling all thier a##es to jail. Matter of time! Transparency comin back at ya!


17 posted on 10/13/2010 2:59:59 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (The tides coming in)
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To: goldendays
Is there any doubt that our King Obama and his Administration and it's courts are communists?
18 posted on 10/13/2010 3:00:29 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: WAW

The new Congress will subpoena every piece of paper they ever created now. The truth will always come out.


19 posted on 10/13/2010 3:01:11 PM PDT by major-pelham
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To: goldendays

Pay your taxes: the liberal Dems who are in trouble this election really need the money!


20 posted on 10/13/2010 3:04:20 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: goldendays
and America takes another one in the........
rlmorel

21 posted on 10/13/2010 3:13:58 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Drill Thrawl

Agree! Time to flush the trash regardless of label.


22 posted on 10/13/2010 3:17:24 PM PDT by mcshot (I believe is he was born in Kenya - YouTube "Not Natural Born - Truth Matters")
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To: a fool in paradise; All

23 posted on 10/13/2010 3:23:32 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: mcshot; All
"Agree! Time to flush the trash regardless of label."

The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of this old disease. The disease is called Gonorrhea Lectim. It’s pronounced “Gonna re-elect ‘em,” and it is a terrible obamanation.

The disease is contracted through dangerous and high risk behavior involving putting your cranium up your rectum. Many victims contracted it in 2008...but now most people, after having been infected for the past 1-2 years, are starting to realize how destructive this sickness is.

It’s sad because Gonorrhea Lectim is easily cured with a new drug just coming on the market called Votemout. You take the first dose in 2010 and the second dose in 2012 and simply don’t engage in such behavior again; otherwise, it could become permanent and eventually wipe out all life as we know it.

24 posted on 10/13/2010 3:28:06 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
Thanks goldendays.
On September 30, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled, in effect, that the Obama administration may keep the records of these two government-controlled enterprises secret.

25 posted on 10/13/2010 4:01:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: goldendays
Archie Bunker prophecies demoncrapic downfall
26 posted on 10/13/2010 8:05:31 PM PDT by Karliner (Now this is not the end. .... But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning, Churchill 1942)
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To: goldendays

I just saw another article where Freddie and Fannie were hired to help administer TARP funds. The books need to be opened, large amounts of tax dollars are being put in this black hole. Their resistance proves possibly many skeletons here.


27 posted on 10/14/2010 9:47:10 AM PDT by opentalk
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