Skip to comments.Release of EPA Administrator’s Non-Public Emails Called ‘Deeply Troubling’
Posted on 01/15/2013 10:41:31 AM PST by jazusamo
(Update: CEI's Chris Horner tells CNSNews.com the next step is a meeting with Justice Department officials: "We will ask them to right EPA's ship, and if they do not agree, we will ask the court," he said. Horner says he wants a "straight answer" to a direct question: Did the EPA, as part of a FOIA request, search the "Richard Windsor" email accounts? Richard Windsor is the alias used by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield some official communications from public view.)
(CNSNews.com) Complying with a court order minutes before Mondays 5 p.m. deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday released 2,100 emails received or sent by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on one of her non-public accounts. But which one? The name on the email account was redacted.
The information provided by the EPA under court order doesnt satisfy the man who discovered that Jackson has been using the alias Richard Windsor on an email account from which she may have sent messages on the administration's coal policy. Using the alias would shield those communications from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Chris Horner of the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute says he discovered Jackson's "false identity" while doing research for his book, "The Liberal War on Transparency.
Late Monday, Horner called the EPAs document release deeply troubling.
[It] seems to have gravely compounded the unlawful activity we have exposed involving a false identity assumed for federal recordkeeping purposes, he said.
Jackson admitted to using the fake identity Richard Windsor in November. Citing high email traffic in her public account (firstname.lastname@example.org), the EPA said Jackson used the Richard Windsor alias to communicate with other public officials. (Jackson announced her resignation as EPA administrator on Dec. 27, saying she is ready for "new challenges.")
Horner said he is dissatisfied with the 2,100 emails the EPA finally delivered to him on Monday. First of all, that number is well short of the promised 3,000, he said.
Furthermore, Horner said he doubts that the emails, which contain the keywords coal, climate, endanger, and MACT [Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards], are from the Richard Windsor account.
In its response to Horner, the EPA stated that the emails it released in response to Horners FOIA request are from one secondary official account to conduct EPA business.
Horner also says the emails are a bunch of nothing: Perhaps seeking to take the air out of a growing scandal, EPAs defective compilation boasts an impressively anemic content-to-volume ratio. It starts with Washington Post daily news briefs, then follows with Google alerts for Lisa Jackson EPA (none for Richard Windsor). Then EPA HQ national news clips. And so on. Rope a dope. Clever. Maybe too much so.
Horner said the EPA apparently decided it had to produce a lot of something. Desperate to produce nothing at the same time, it came up with this.
In its cover letter, the EPA says Jackson uses only one secondary official account to conduct EPA business, then says the emails released on Monday come from that one account. But Horner says its clear that Jackson has at least two secondary or alias accounts: one showing her name in the sent to/from box; and another one that uses the false identity Richard Windsor.
So EPA has some explaining to do, Horner said on Monday.
Staking out the position Jackson used only one secondary account signals the agency has gone bunker, Horner said. Rather than search or produce from the Richard Windsor account, it is more likely the agency intends to in essence pretend it does not exist.
Horner said it looks like the EPA fears the fallout of revealing Richard Windsor's correspondence, suggesting it truly has much to hide.
The release Monday marks only the first batch of the 12,000 emails that will be made public as a result of the CEI v. EPA lawsuit. Though dissatisfied with the initial release, Horner showed no sign of lessening his pursuit.
This is both deeply distressing yet entirely consistent with their approach throughout, he said. But then again, frankly, what did you expect from a gang caught using false identity for federal record-keeping purposes? To just say 'you caught me; now I'll come clean?'
I'd guess if the real "Richard Windsor" emails are ever released there could be criminal prosecutions.
A stealth government . . . ain’t that just grand.
Where the heck is the FBI on this matter? How about a special prosecutor? Will the Republicans roll over on this one, too?
Obviously, everyone in the FBI cares more about their paychecks than the law, our Constitution, our country, etc.. They should’ve prosecuted 0bama long ago for his many fraudulent documents they ABSOLUTELY MUST know about.
Before Clintons EPA chief Carol Browner left her position she had every hard drive erased on computers that had been under subpoena by Justice Dept. She claimed to have no knowledge of the computers being under subpoena. It ended there just as this EPA criminal activity did. Zero was done and nobody cares. The EPA is a direct shot at how environmetalist whack jobs can set and agenda and take out objectives without the messy laws getting in the way. Richard Windsor will prevail and sink into the darkness of Washington DC just as so many other things do. They will not find any emails from the fake account that will matter. They have been nuked. Count on it.
If those emails were sent using government computers or contain information related to her job, they ain’t “private” emails.
That’s exactly right and she already admitted using the Windsor alias. This is simply the EPA telling Horner “up yours.”
It really, REALLY sucks to have been told EVERY DAY FOR EIGHT YEARS that President Bush and VP Cheney were ‘criminals, war-mongers, etc.’ via a conspiring MSM.
These days, we have TRUE thugs running our country and again, a conspiring MSM.
Gotta go take my blood pressure pills and chill...
Obama and his thug administration are true criminals with hardly a day going by that one of more of them don't flat out ignore and break existing law and true to the leftist enemedia they sit on their hands.
I make an finding of endangerment to the US caused by the continued presence of the EPA.
I fully support your finding.
>>Will the Republicans roll over on this one, too?<<
Roll over? They’re spinning faster than a hummingbirds wings now. They cannot roll over any faster than they already are doing. You’re expecting miracles!