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“Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is the worst on FOIA issues. The worst. There’s just no question about it,” said Katherine Meyer, a Washington lawyer who’s been filing FOIA cases since 1978. “This administration is raising one barrier after another. … It’s gotten to the point where I’m stunned — I’m really stunned.”

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from the Daily Caller:

New emails and testimony from Department of Homeland Security FOIA officer Catherine Papoi reveal that a former Obama campaign staffer repeatedly asked Papoi and her team to redact portions of “politically sensitive” documents, as well as portions of documents that were already publicly available.

Papoi, who came under fire at DHS for complaining that “sensitive” FOIA requests were being vetted by political employees, testified on March 3 that Willard “Clint” Carte, a DHS attorney with the title of “confidential assistant,” attempted to block a FOIA request for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s calendar in which Napolitano’s secretary had referred to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “Senator Clinton.” According to Papoi’s testimony, Carte asked that Clinton’s title be changed on the calendar in order to spare the department “embarrassment.”

“The front office wanted that changed before the response went out the door and we were pushing back saying that once you cast your net and retrieve a record, you can’t alter a record because of mere embarrassment,” Papoi said in her testimony.

According to Papoi, FOIA officers are told they can only “cast their net” one time. “Once you have retrieved the records, they lose…the living nature where they are evolving, and the statute requires that you retrieve the records and then process them,” she testified. “DOJ has also opined that you don’t cast your net twice, you cast once. You retrieve the records and you process them. So [the front office, where Carte worked] also suggested making the changes and then recasting our net, and it was explained that also was unacceptable.”

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Meet the Pelosi family! Using Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Judicial Watch uncovered thousands of pages of travel documents related to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s use of military aircraft.

What hasn’t been revealed so far is that military aircraft are being used to shuttle Pelosi’s kids and grandkids between DC and San Francisco without any Congressional representatives even onboard! Put simply, the United States Air Force is serving as a multi-billion dollar chauffeur- and baby-sitting service for Nancy Pelosi’s kids and grandkids — presumably because commercial travel is beneath the families of the autocrats.

But this couldn’t be a waste of resources because the U.S. military really isn’t engaged in any other significant activities around the world.

For photos of the Receipts and documents that show the Speaker’s abuses:

The selective transparency of Barack Obama
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

Sunlight is for suckers. The New York Post reported on Tuesday that the White House will not release the $328,835 snapshots taken of the president’s Boeing VC-25A that buzzed lower Manhattan. The entire world has seen news and amateur photos and videos of the incident. But if President Obama has his way, taxpayers won’t be able to see the flyover photos they paid for with their own money.

Scare Force One near Ground Zero

This will make for an interesting response to my Freedom of Information Act requests. After the bizarre mission caused distress and panic among countless New York City residents who were intentionally left in the dark about the photo-op stunt, I filed two public records requests with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff FOIA Requester Service Center. The first one requests any and all communication — including e-mail and other public records and including any and all correspondence between the White House Military Office, Department of Defense, and other agencies — related to the planned federal aerial mission over New York City on April 27, 2009. Specifically, I requested all public records related to and including the flight manifests, and related to the origin of the request for the mission. The second filing requests any and all photos taken during the planned federal aerial mission approved by the White House Military Office.

What rationale could they possibly use to stifle public disclosure? National security? These were glamour shots to enhance the Air Force One photo portfolio. That’s no secret. The White House ‘fessed up on that. Withholding the photos serves only one purpose: protecting the backsides of those involved in this botched p.r. mission.

Michelle Malkin’s full column:

Judicial Watch Uncovers Documents Detailing Pelosi’s Repeated Requests for Military Travel

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House Speaker Issued Unprecedented Demands for Military Aircraft and Wasted Taxpayer Resources with Last Minute Cancellations

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Department of Defense (DOD) detailing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s multiple requests for military air travel. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), include internal DOD email correspondence detailing attempts by DOD staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft as well as the speaker’s last minute cancellations and changes. The following are a few highlights from the documents, which are linked in full below:

  • In response to a series of requests for military aircraft, one Defense Department official wrote, “Any chance of politely querying [Pelosi’s team] if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend?…[T]here’s no need to block every weekend ‘just in case’…” The email also notes that Pelosi’s office had, “a history of canceling many of their past requests.”
  • One DOD official complained about the “hidden costs” associated with the speaker’s last minute changes and cancellations. “We have…folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets etc.”
  • The documents include a discussion of House Ethics rules and Defense Department policies as they apply to the speaker’s requests for staff, spouses and extended family to accompany her on military aircraft. In May 2008, for example, Pelosi requested that her husband join her on a Congressional Delegation (CODEL) into Iraq. The DOD explained to Pelosi that the agency has a written policy prohibiting spouses from joining CODEL’s into combat zones.
  • Documents obtained from the U.S. Army include correspondence from Speaker Pelosi’s office requesting an Army escort and three military planes to transport Pelosi and other members of Congress to Cleveland, Ohio, for the funeral services of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Pelosi noted in her letter of August 22, 2008, that such a request, labeled “Operation Tribute” was an “exception to standard policy.”
  • The documents also detail correspondence from intermediaries for Speaker Pelosi issuing demands for certain aircraft and expressing outrage when requested military planes were not available. “It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable…The speaker will want to know where the planes are…” wrote Kay King, Director of the House Office of Interparliamentary Affairs. In a separate email, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King writes, “This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset [s]peaker.”
  • During another email exchange DOD staff advised Kay King that one Pelosi military aircraft request could not be met because of “crew rest requirements” and offered to help secure commercial travel. Kay King responded: “We appreciate the efforts to help the codel [sic] fly commercially but you know the problem that creates with spouses. If we can find another way to assist with military assets, we would like to do that.”

Speaker Pelosi came under fire in 2007 for requesting a 42-seat Air Force carrier to ferry the Speaker and her staff back and forth between San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was allowed access to a 12-seat commuter jet for security reasons after the events of 9/11.

“Taken together, these documents show that Speaker Pelosi treats the Air Force like her personal airline,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Not only does Speaker Pelosi issue unreasonable requests for military travel, but her office seems unconcerned about wasting taxpayer money with last minute cancellations and other demands.”


     In the 2004 race for the US Senate seat for Illinois, the “unknown” State Senator Barack Obama was able to eliminate his competition, not at the voting booth, but in the court of public opinion. Despite Rep. Jack Ryan’s attempts to keep his divorce records sealed, the courts found that the public interest outweighed the right to privacy for the Congressman, his ex-wife, and his children. Thus, when the released documents showed an affinity to sex clubs led the Congressman to withdraw from the Senate race. This was after the the “unsealed” divorce records of his primary opponent, Blair Hull, had shown that he was accused of beating his wife. Obama was the recipient of the good fortune of a misguided judge who opened up the divorce files on these two opponents.

     It would stand to reason, therefore, that the same judicial theory that applied to the Ryan and Hull divorce records should apply to ALL of President Obama’s personal records. The records that have been requested from the President would not bear any reports of intimate details of his private life. In fact, these records are very mundane, and their release would enable the public to put the pieces together to the background of Obama. A far more compelling reason for the release of these records can be made than the release of his opponent’s divorce files.

     Thus, I believe that NOW is OUR MOMENT to use the Freedom of Information of Act to our benefit. Now is the moment to inundate the entities that house these very important records with faxes requesting the release of these records. Now is the moment to contact:

              The State of Hawaii Health Department

              Occidental College registrar’s office

              Columbia University’s registrar’s office

             Harvard Law School’s registrar’s office

             The U.S. State Department’s Passport Information office

     If enough pressure and request are made, these entities, especially the private educational institutions, may be able to pressure the Obama team into authorizing their release to bring the deluge of requests to an end. NOW is the MOMENT, so start faxing!!

The State of Hawaii Health Department

Fax # 808-586-4444

Occidental College registrar’s office

Fax # 323-341-4886

Columbia University’s registrar’s office

No Fax Number

Registrars Office # 212-854-4400

Harvard Law School’s registrar’s office

Fax # 617-496-8907

The U.S. State Department’s Passport Information office

No Fax Number

National Passport Information # 877-487-2778

     Barack Obama and the Secret Service have for months been slightly at odds about one of Obama’s favorite toys: His Blackberry!!

     It was said today that “no decision” had yet been made regarding Obama being allowed to continue to use his communication device. The Secret Service has voiced major concerns about safety concerns and security of information if Obama continues his usage to remain in “contact with friends outside of the White House circle” once he moves next week.

     My concern, from a legal standpoint, based on the fact that there is sure to be a great deal of lawsuits coming forth regarding Obama’s Presidential authority, is whether the communications and information on the blackberry will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.


     Dr. Jerome Corsi, PhD., the author of “Obama Nation”, the controversial book detailing Sen. Barack Obama’s radical past and his ties to his “other” country, Kenya, was detained and expelled from Kenya yesterday after returning to Kenya for more information that had previously been unavailable to him during his research.

     Speaking on Sean Hannity’s radio talk show today, from England, Dr. Corsi has alleged that he has either seen or has in his possession, documents, including emails, that show a hands-on involvement of a United States Senator and Ralia Odinga, who has now been elected as Kenyan’s Prime Minister. The U.S. Senator is Barack Obama, and Odinga is Obama’s cousin.

Obama campaigning with Odinga

     Cousin to Cousin, giving campaign advise….. hardly a controversy!! However, Dr. Corsi reportedly can show that Obama used his U.S. Senate email account to correspond with Odinga, to outline campaign strategy. He further assigned one of his Senior Senate Aides, Mark Lippert, to be Odinga’s contact for further assistance during Odinga’s campaign. Mark Lippert is Obama’s advisor on foreign policy.Some of the documentation discusses how to handle any of the controversies that may arise on either side of the Atlantic as a result of their actions, and Obama also agrees to support Odinga in utilizing sharia law in Kenya.

Odinga supporters riot during elections in Kenya

     Family ties aside, Obama’s interaction with Odinga is questionable, particularly as a Presidential candidate, and as a taxpayer, I question a paid Congressional aide be at the disposal of a foreign individual seeking public office, as well as the Senator’s use of our governmental email account for these conversation.

     If Dr. Corsi’s documents are legitimate, and these claims are able to be substantiated in any form, and if any U.S. laws have been violated by the Senator, he should be accountable for the actions. Under the Freedom of Information Act, Obama’s emails, as well as Mark Lippert’s, should be turned over to the Dept. of Justice immediately.

Mark Lippert, Sr. Aide in Foreign Policy for Sen. Obama

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