AP claim they have "tens of thousands of files". But they are leading with Israel Samir asking the Russian embassy to give @JulianAssange asylum in 2010? It's well known @wikileaks was trying every option at the time. As Kristinn Hrafnsson says, that's “rather uninteresting.”
NEW: People who worked with MANAFORT in Ukraine think his real value to MUELLER may be flipping on the oligarchs, the pols they funded & the Western firms/operatives who assisted them, including ones he recruited, like TONY PODESTA, MERCURY & @SKADDENARPS. nytimes.com/2018/09/14/us/…
Allies of PODESTA & MERCURY are seething at MANAFORT right now. They blame him for misleading them into FARA violations back in 2012, & now they're concerned that he's going to help MUELLER frame them for work he orchestrated. nytimes.com/2018/09/14/us/…
NEW DOC: PODESTA was “initially inclined to register under FARA" for MANAFORT work. Instead, he registered with Congress after being assured that the client was not controlled or funded by YANUKOVYCH.
MUELLER says that was a lie, & Podesta knew it. #FOIAdocumentcloud.org/documents/4883…
NEW DOCUMENT: In 2016 & 2017, MANAFORT & GATES fought @TheJusticeDept to avoid disclosure of their lobbying for pro-Russian Ukrainian interests by claiming they didn't have a contract with a pro-YANUKOVYCH nonprofit & had deleted emails related to the work documentcloud.org/documents/4878…
NOTABLE: The lawyer who represented MANAFORT & GATES in their fight with @TheJusticeDepartment, Melissa Laurenza of @Akin_Gump, later fought MUELLER's efforts to compel her to testify against Manafort. Mueller continues pushing for access to her emails with Manafort.
3.the London #UpperTribunal could give me permission to appeal and we asked for it.Usually,the #UpperTribunal deals w/requests to appeal withing 10 weeks. Twenty weeks have passed: no feedback from the #UpperTribunal yet
1.) One of the things that many of us have forgotten about #Sept11, 2001 was the BOLO on the White Van from Urban Moving Systems that was witnesses say were individuals dancing & giving each other high fives as they took pictures of the Destruction of #TwinTowers
2/ A year ago, the superintendent of @NewBedfordNPS, a coastal national park in Massachusetts, signed off on her park’s “foundation document,” a 50-page booklet outlining New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park’s natural and historic treasures and the threats they face.
3/ We filed a Freedom of Information Act (#FOIA) request and got a copy of the draft.
It included 16 references to climate change and the risks posed by its effects: sea level rise, flooding and increased stormwater.
US Justice Department refused to confirm/ deny existence of any such records. Judge Amy Berman Jackson says Trump's press statements and tweets aren't enough to overcome DOJ's "glomar" response. assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4840…
No surprise. July 14, 2017: Sheehan meets with the "director of litigation" for Safari Club International, the leading organization for people who enjoy killing elephants, lions, giraffes, polar bears, etc.
They "discuss several issues SCI is working on and several SCI events"
This year, Sheehan attended not one, but two Safari Club conventions, including the main annual convention, where he spoke.
And because that wasn't enough, on June 14 he had a video meeting with the Dallas Safari Club.
1/ The CJEU is back from holiday - starting with a big victory for @ClientEarth re access to environmental information: curia.europa.eu/juris/document…
General point: impact assessments drawn up before legislative proposals are subject to liberal access to documents rules #FOIA
2/ CJEU, EU external relations law
New judgment: implementing the EU's partnership treaty with Kazakhstan shouldn't have been subject to unanimous voting, since the foreign policy elements were incidental: curia.europa.eu/juris/document…
3/ CJEU, car insurance
New judgment: obligation to insure a vehicle applies even if it is parked on private land with no intention to drive it: curia.europa.eu/juris/document…
Thread: Why people 'ratted out' their neighbours during the hosepipe ban. One resident in Cork said their neighbour was using water to wash their yacht. All these from a database obtained under #FOIA from #IrishWater
On Day One of the ban in Fingal, one person called to say their neighbour had been filling up a large pool and emptying it continuously over the past few days:
Also in Fingal, somebody reported to be using their hosepipe to wash twenty carpets in their front garden:
Dec 9th, 1963
Similar to the reversal on Vietnam, less than a three weeks after Kennedy's assassination, CIA was recommending that the newly inaugurated President reverse another of JFK's disengagement policies, this time with Castro's Cuba. #JFK2017#FOIA
Perhaps more disturbing, CIA was now formally requesting to work with "riskier", "autonomous" anti-Castro groups who "will not necessarily be responsive to our guidance".
1/ THREAD - Here's my experience in attempting to #FOIA Brett #Kavanaugh's records as GW Bush's Staff Secretary. Spoiler alert, I didn't get them which is why it's all the more critical that his nomination be postponed until we do.
2/ On Saturday, 8/11/2018, I submitted my first ever FOIA request asking for all records relating to Brett #Kavanuagh's tenure as Staff Secretary for the GW Bush admin. I didn't really know what I was doing but thought it was worth a shot.
3/ The FOIA request was sent to the GW Bush Library. On Monday, two days later, I received an email from a FOIA coordinator with a link to Kavanaugh records! I thought I got them released! Shows how naiive I was…they already had some public. georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/~/link.aspx?_i…
Just learned from USPS referral of America Rising's request from NPRC was directly to USPS Corporate Personnel Management. Right here: about.usps.com/handbooks/as35…
BUT and this is important: NPRC is actually agency that pulled Spanberger's personnel file! NPRC sent it to USPS! 2/
So NPRC, in a July 12 letter to America Rising, said that it pulled Spanberger's entire personnel file and said USPS retains custody of the file so they sent it to USPS corporate management for review. 3 wks later, USPS HR approved the release to America Rising 3/3
In two separate places, CIA tells requesters they can't use email to communicate with them, while boasting in reports about using email to communicate with #FOIA requesters for the last two years. Expletive delete them for this BS. @FOIA_Ombudsweb.archive.org/web/2018082516…
I want to tell you a story about my three year #FOIA squabble with CIA.
In early 2013, I filed a #FOIA request w/CIA for a list of inspector general investigations into waste, fraud, abuse, whistleblowing, crimes. It took 2 yrs for CIA to send me the list. Then I filed a separate request for the IG rpts on this list and then I sued CIA for it.
One such CIA IG report on this list that caught my attention was titled:
"Alleged Employee Misconduct and the Illegal Killing of Animal on Federal Property"
I wanted this report and it is one of the dozens I sued over.