AP v State Department lawsuit release of Hillary Clinton emails, FOIA Freedom of Information Act requests ignored, Beginning in 2010 6 requests, Calendars and Schedules, Raid on bin Laden

AP v State Department lawsuit release of Hillary Clinton emails, FOIA Freedom of Information Act requests ignored, Beginning in 2010 6 requests, Calendars and Schedules, Raid on bin Laden

“The only question that remains today is whether or not Hillary Clinton gets away with another cover-up, like she did in the Vince Foster case, and runs for President in 2016, or will she finally be held accountable, and Americans learn the truth about the Benghazi terrorist attack?”…Canada Free Press December 18, 2012

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton deleted nearly 32,000 emails she deemed private from her time in the Obama administration and refused Tuesday to turn over her personal email server, insisting she “fully complied” with the law and that voters will have to trust her judgment.”…Washington Times March 10, 2015

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984”

 

 

From the lawsuit by the Associated Press against the US State Dept.

“Plaintiff The Associated Press, by and through its undersigned attorneys, alleges:

1. This is an action under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C.
§§ 552, et seq., brought by The Associated Press (“AP”), one of the oldest and most trusted newsgathering organizations in the world, with more than one billion readers, listeners and viewers. AP brings this action for injunctive and other appropriate relief, seeking the release of agency records from the United States Department of State (“State” or the “State Department”).
2. Through this action, AP seeks to compel the State Department to provide records documenting its actions – and the official actions of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other State Department officials – in connection with some of the most prominent events of the recent past. The public interest in receiving information about these topics, which
include U.S. efforts to eliminate the threat posed by Osama bin Laden and U.S. government surveillance activities, is undeniable. Further, as a former presidential candidate, Secretary of State, United States Senator and First Lady, Secretary Clinton is a prominent public official, as well as a presumptive candidate for the presidency in 2016. AP seeks the records in question
from the State Department to inform citizens both regarding the operation of their government and regarding Secretary Clinton’s official actions as Secretary of State.

3. Beginning in 2010, AP filed six requests under FOIA seeking records from the
State Department regarding Secretary Clinton’s official actions. These requests sought (i) Secretary Clinton’s calendars and schedules (two requests); (ii) records concerning the designation of Special Government Employee status given to Secretary Clinton’s former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin; (iii) records concerning the raid in Pakistan in which Osama bin Laden was killed; (iv) records concerning surveillance and other anti-terrorism programs
conducted by the U.S. government; and (v) records concerning the State Department’s dealings with defense contractor BAE Systems, with whom it reached a settlement in 2011 over violations of the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
4. In the five years since the first FOIA request was submitted, the State Department has failed to respond substantively to five of the requests, and has only partially responded to one request, releasing three documents called for by one subpart of the August 2013 request for records concerning BAE Systems.

5. In early March 2015, Secretary Clinton confirmed reports that she used a personal email account, rather than a government account, for government business during her tenure at State. Although AP’s FOIA requests have been pending for years, State first asked Secretary Clinton to turn over emails from that personal account only last summer. Secretary Clinton reportedly provided about 50,000 pages of printed emails to State late last year, and has said she
wants those emails to be released to the public. State’s failure to ensure that Secretary Clinton’s governmental emails were retained and preserved by the agency, and its failure timely to seek out and search those emails in response to AP’s requests, indicate at the very least that State has not engaged in the diligent, good-faith search that FOIA requires.

6. At no time over the past five years has the State Department ever indicated that it did not have possession or control over the records, including email messages, sought by AP. Whether email concerning official government business is sent to or from an official State Department email account or from a “personal” account maintained by State Department officials but used for government business, the State Department as a matter of law both
possesses and controls such emails and has an obligation to release them under FOIA. The State Department should be compelled to abide by the law, perform reasonable searches and promptly release all of the requested records, including all responsive emails.”

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25 responses to “AP v State Department lawsuit release of Hillary Clinton emails, FOIA Freedom of Information Act requests ignored, Beginning in 2010 6 requests, Calendars and Schedules, Raid on bin Laden

  1. citizenwells

    “Elsewhere, the AP in a brutal fact-check dismantled almost every claim Clinton uttered in Tuesday’s press briefing on the email scandal.

    “I fully complied with every rule I was governed by,” Clinton claimed in a presser that has drawn bipartisan criticism.

    The AP responded to the claim: “At the very least, Clinton appears to have violated what the White House has called ‘very specific guidance’ that officials should use government email to conduct business.”

    “Clinton provided no details about whether she had initially consulted with the department or other government officials before using the private email system. She did not answer several questions about whether she sought any clearances before she began relying exclusively on private emails for government business,” the AP fact-check reads.

    The report explained the federal rules, adding that it seems clear Clinton did little to follow them.

    “Federal officials are allowed to communicate on private email and are generally allowed to conduct government business in those exchanges, but that ability is constrained, both by federal regulations and by their supervisors,” the report, which goes on to dispute several of Clinton’s claims, stated.

    “Federal law during Clinton’s tenure called for the archiving of such private email records when used for government work, but did not set out clear rules or punishments for violations until rules were tightened in November. In 2011, when Clinton was secretary, a cable from her office sent to all employees advised them to avoid conducting any official business on their private email accounts because of targeting by unspecified ‘online adversaries,’ ” it added.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ap-sues-state-dept.-for-hillary-clinton-emails/article/2561366

  2. oldsoldier79

    ONE PISSED OFF DOCTOR IS FED UP WITH OBAMACARE….
    Dear Mr. President:

    During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ring tone. While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as “Medicaid”!( A Completely Free Healthcare Program provided by our Government) During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one costly pack of cigarettes every day and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer.

    And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman’s health care? I contend that our nation’s “health care crisis” is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a “crisis of culture”, a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one’s self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based on the irresponsible credo that “I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me.”

    Once you fix this “culture crisis” that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you’ll be amazed at how quickly our nation’s health care difficulties will disappear.

    Respectfully,
    STARNER JONES, MD

    If you agree…pass it on.

  3. CW,

    Ignoring a FOIA request sets you up for a lawsuit, or worse.

    We had one come in recently, and if you don’t think we didn’t move it to comply, you’d be wrong.

    I guess, though, there are certain rules for some of us, but not for others.

    Time to pay the piper, Killary…

  4. CW,
    The consequences for ignoring the Constitution, ignoring the laws on record keeping by Hillary, breaking the law in Fast and Furious, breaking the law in IRS targeting, usurping the Presidency, and all the other illegalities, and federal law breaking, perpetrated by this regime, has been made possible by the usurpers control over the justice department, and the lack of any prosecution of any kind that would thwart the usurper’s plans for the destruction of the country, and it’s institutions.

    The whole regime is Muslim Brotherhood. The members of the regime that are Citizens are all traitors, the usurper is a foreign enemy. That is why they are communicating outside of the realm of the government, and using prohibited and private accounts. These a$$holes are all spies, and enemies, and with no justice dept to reel them in, our country is exposed to serious unrestrained tyranny.

  5. So let’s pave the way to a nuclear Iran!

    These idiots are out of control!

    ************

    Kerry: Our Iran deal is not ‘legally binding’ so we don’t need congressional consent.
    ‘But they’d better not undermine our deal!’
    caintv.com

    http://www.caintv.com/kerry-our-iran-deal-is-not-leg

  6. Whether as a Muslim or a far-left radical, Obama is indifferent to the national interests of the country he swore to defend when taking an oath of office. His sympathies clearly lie with the world of Islam and his foreign policy for all intents and purposes boils down to the support of Islamism. So is Barack Obama a Muslim or a Communist? What difference, at this point, does it make?!

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/03/birds_of_a_feather_obama_the_left_and_islam.html

  7. The Republic is crumbling before us. We no longer seem passionately aroused by the shredding of our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or the dismantling of our Judeo-Christian foundation that produced a prospering and healthy, moral, civilized, God respecting and well assimilated society known as the United State of America.

    http://www.politichicks.com/2015/03/audio-lawless-president-prevails/

  8. oldsoldier79

    BOB ….you said,

    “bob strauss | March 11, 2015 at 5:05 pm |
    The Republic is crumbling before us. We no longer seem passionately aroused by the shredding of our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or the dismantling of our Judeo-Christian foundation that produced a prospering and healthy, moral, civilized, God respecting and well assimilated society known as the United State of America.”

    I agree….there’s an old saying that applies here….’you don’t miss the water, till the well runs dry”…..

    America’s well is bone dry…and the people will be crying soon.

  9. oldsoldier79 | March 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm |
    ******************
    oldsailor79,
    There is obviously nobody guarding the Citizen,s institutions against infiltration by the enemy. I always thought the FBI was there to protect our country from these criminals, but it is becoming obvious they are not protecting us any longer. The FBI has become a pawn of the usurper.

  10. Who Will Keep The Cap On Hillary’s Sewer Pipe?
    Geoffrey P Hunt
    Forty years of unseemly, unethical, and illegal effluent, effortlessly and unabashedly discharged by both Bill and Hillary may have finally splashed over the manhole covers on their political septic tank. More

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/03/who_will_keep_the_cap_on_hillarys_sewer_pipe.html

  11. ……….LIAR LIAR PANTIES ON FIRE! UP IS DOWN,LEFT IS RIGHT,RED IS GREEN.AND LIES ARE THE TRUTH!. THIS DESCRIBES THE MENTALITY OF THE SOETORO ADMINISTRATION,THE WACKEY HOUSE THE OFFICE OF INJUSTICE, OUT OF STATE DEPT,AND ALL OF THEIR LOONEY TOONS ASSOCIATES. BTW……NOW THEY SAY THEY ARE ABOVE THE LAW,AND DO NOT HAVE TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAWS..EVERYBODY SHOULD BUY A KORAN,BECAUSE SOON YOU WILL NEED IT AND IF YOU ARE A FEMALE YOU SHOULD BE LOOKING AT BURKAS.

  12. Boy what will MzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzClint, Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.Petusi,and Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.Barf look like in Burkas.?Ought to be a real comic opera..BTW perhaps we need to include Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.WINE STINE, Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.Boxcar,and MzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzSchlutz.

  13. Minority Liberal Ideology Drives Majority Climate Science
    Anthony J. Sadar

    As it becomes more apparent that long-term global climate is resilient to human activity, we can hope that conservative influence on the highway of ideas will become fast tracked. More

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2015/03/minority_liberal_ideology_drives_majority_climate_science.html

  14. Federal Bunglers International,will become the combination HIT/and GOON squad,and be automatically inducted into the SEUI……..SOOOOOOOOIE,.SOOOOOOOOOIE COME AND GET YOUR SLOP!

  15. Bob Strauss………
    I call it LIBERAL IDIOCY! WHERE ALL THE POLITICALLY CORRECT, AND OVEREDUCATED WORD SMITHS DWELL!

  16. bye bye………….Have a great evening!

  17. Former Florida Rep. Allen West declared President Obama an Islamist who is intentionally working against the security of the United States.

    “The only plausible explanation for many actions taken by President Obama and his administration is that they are working counter to the security of the United States of America,” the former Florida congressman and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel wrote in the post published Wednesday.

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/14/allen-west-declares-obama-an-islamist/

  18. oldsailor82

    How bout this….
    The Saudi’s instead of giving Hillary money
    how bout a BURKA !!
    She sure could use one now, poor thing.

  19. “So much for the Founders’ institutionalization of a separation of powers via dividing government into three branches of government — the executive, legislative, and judicial — so that the branches would check and balance each other. In so doing, the Founders believed, government would be prevented from becoming tyrannical, and individual liberty would be ensured and preserved.

    True to his words, Obama proceeded to act without Congress in one executive action (executive orders, executive memoranda, presidential determinations, presidential notices) after another, the most malicious of which include:

    Amnesty to millions of illegals so as to gestate ‘a country within a country’‘.
    Gun control via a ban on 5.56 mm bullets used in AR-15 rifles, the most popular rifle in America.
    Promotion of sodomy across the world via a special envoy.
    Centralization of power by destroying federalism and states’ rights via a plan to have the federal government take over state and local policing.
    A new plan for tax hikes reportedly is next on King Obama’s agenda.

    All of which has already made Obama’s executive actions more numerous than those of any U.S. president in history.

    To all that, Congress willingly and pliantly ceded their constitutional authority by doing nothing.

    It is time for the American people to turn our wrath on Congress.”

    http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2015/03/10/were-going-after-congress-the-enablers-of-king-obama/

  20. The complaint said that NSA’s surveillance is “suspicion-less seizure and searching.”

    Nine Groups Suing the NSA for ‘Tapping Directly Into the Internet Backbone’

    The Blaze reported that the ACLU filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland on the behalf of several groups.

    freedomjournalism.com|By Carole Aston

    http://freedomjournalism.com/2015/03/11/nine-groups-suing-the-nsa-for-tapping-directly-into-the-internet-backbone/

  21. Here we go again.

    Sean Hannity and The Kelly File shared a link.
    2 Police Officers Reported Shot Outside Ferguson Police Department
    According to The Associated Press, the crowd had appeared to be dwindling when the shots were heard.
    foxnews.com

  22. citizenwells

    “The Mystery Of America’s Missing Wage Growth Has Been Solved”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-11/mystery-americas-missing-wage-growth-has-been-solved

  23. citizenwells

    “Now, would the AP wait five years to sue a Republican official like Dick Cheney for refusing to honor a Freedom of Information Act request? And the answer is no. I think what’s happened here is that the AP’s probably been shamed into this by the Hillary e-mail scandal. I mean, this is a tough one for the Drive-Bys to swallow. And I still am amazed by it. Of all the things the Clintons have done. I mean, over here is Benghazi, and the press want to cover for her on Benghazi, ’cause they’re covering for Obama. I mean, that’s the bottom line there.

    So Hillary is actually being protected by the press’s love and devotion for Obama. But this e-mail thing, this is all hers. She owns this. They can target her and not have to include Obama in it. And I think what we are seeing — and again, a stark difference from the nineties — we’re seeing that many in the Drive-By Media once again are apparently prepared to throw her overboard, just as they did in 2008.

    I know some people think that this is all a ruse, that they’re battle-testing Hillary, and they’re getting this out of the way now so that she can say she survived it and triumphed over it. And that’s a common analysis that has been made about occasions when the media has decided to be critical of the Clintons. This is different. This has gone on and on and on, and the difference here is Obama. There is a Democrat that they value more. There’s a Democrat they want to protect more. That’s Obama. And remember how many of them just immediately abandoned her and went over to his camp in 2008.

    Another word I’m starting to see in media coverage of Mrs. Clinton is this word “likability” and how she doesn’t have it. So you might say, “Well, why did the press seem so friendly or supportive?” ‘Cause they love Bill Clinton, and this is part of the deal. But now, you know, she’s kind of on her own now. They can target Hillary without taking anybody else out. They’re not gonna harm Bill by anything that happens here because he doesn’t send e-mail. There’s nothing he did. They’re not gonna harm Obama if they go get Hillary.

    And I know there are plenty of other things that you would think would be far more valid in terms of mistakes that she has made that should be called on. But this is easy. It often comes down to the easiest, the most simple explanation. It’s like the House bank scandal. I mean, there were a lot of things going on that the Democrats were doing back in the late eighties and early nineties that were scandal ridden, but the House bank was so easy to understand. It didn’t require any explanation. All you had to do was tell people that members of the House could go to their own bank and cash checks for money that was not in their account.

    The House bank, you know, Congressman Smorgasbord had 25 bucks in his checking account and walked in with a check for a thousand dollars, they’d cash it. You couldn’t do that. Your bank would not do that for you. But the House bank was doing that for House members. Nobody had to explain what the controversy was, and nobody had to explain the scandal. It was easy.

    So’s this. Mrs. Clinton has a server in her house where she’s shielding all of her work e-mail from the country and from everybody, including the president, and it’s against the law. It’s easily understood. So it doesn’t take a lot of press effort to explain this. And for those that do want to get her out of the way, say, for Elizabeth Warren, this is made to order. And it’s why they’re engaging in it. ”

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/03/11/mrs_clinton_is_stuck_in_the_90_s

  24. citizenwells

    “RUSH: Well, if you want to go there, it would be like Nixon saying, “Okay, look, I have 24 hours of tapes here, and there’s 18 minutes of it that’s blank. But you can rely on my judgment there’s nothing in those 18 minutes missing that you need to hear. So I’ll give you the 23 hours and 55 or 44 minutes, whatever it is, of tapes. The 18 minutes that we don’t have, don’t worry, trust me. There’s nothing there that’s any use to you.” That would be the analogy.

    CALLER: Her voice sounded like Nixon’s voice with the Checkers speech when she said, “I’m not giving up the server” that had her private e-mails about her mother’s funeral and her daughter’s dress.”

    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/03/11/the_nixon_comparison

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