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BIG NEWS: Capitol Police is not subject to #FOIA so in Feb @BuzzFeedNews & I w/our atty @_LightLaw leading the charge sued the police for docs about Jan 6 citing the common law right of access and WE WON!

This is a significant legal victory

buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonl…
Jeffrey Light: “To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that a lawsuit brought under the common law right of access has been successful as applied to a congressional agency." ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️
Here, from the Jan 6 permits we successfully pried loose out of the Capitol Police
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1) For clarity on why I used "UFO Debris" in the title; it's because it is a descriptor that fits. As usual, some noisy attackers feel the need to dig in to every syllable I use in order to somehow derail a story. So, without arguing all day about it, here's a thread to justify.
2) It is not in dispute that @TTSAcademy has collected numerous 'pieces' from #UAPs / #UFOs. These were part of their ADAM project, and extended into the CRADA with the Army.

According to Luis Elizondo, here is a slide of some (all?) of those objects:
3) As you can see, these are fragments, pieces, and yes, debris. The word "debris" uses the word "pieces" within its definition. Either broken off of something, or left after the destruction of something; "debris" is described as lying where they fell.
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1. ho letto con rabbia questo grande thread sulla guerra in #Afghanistan basato sugli #AfghanPapers, i documenti ottenuti nel 2019 dal giornalista del Washington Post,CRaig Whitlock,dopo una battaglia legale di 3 anni con #FOIA:
2. mi chiedo: ci sono voluti 19 anni ai giornalisti del Washington Post per scrivere queste cose. NON potevano scrivere prima che la guerra in #Afghanistan era così fallita che USA e ISAF non riuscivano a capire chi ammazzavano?
3. hanno aspettato 19 anni per denunciare all'opinione pubblica americana la frode di una guerra fallita dal primo mese,costata oltre 2MILA MILIARDI mentre cittadini americani morivano perché non potevano permettersi costi dell'insulina
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One of those #FOIA documents that's too fascinating for what it actually is muckrock.com/foi/san-jose-3…

... ::shakes head:: i need coffee
I always forget how good coffee actually is Image
::Runs caffeine-screaming through the DDoSecrets chat:: Image
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1/210: Markus Kerber's Apollo 13

In March 2020, the German Ministry of the Interior @BMI_Bund issued a #strategypaper that weaponized fear in order to accomplish compliance with #COVID policies. The authors' emails were litigated under #FOIA request. My analysis. #MEGATHREAD ⬇️ Image
2/210: The @BMI_Bund emails have been released to the public as they were successfully sued by lawyer Niko Härting in a FOIA proceeding. They can be requested directly from @BMI_Bund/ @rki_de via @fragdenstaat. Download it here: bit.ly/3knoa6Y bit.ly/3Bd0rgj Image
3/210: The emails originated March 19-25, 2020. They are so explosive because they map the inner discourse of the @BMI_Bund's now infamous #COVID-19 taskforce, which produced several crucial domestic policy documents. bit.ly/2TT3R7O @OttoKolbl
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NEW: It's that time of the month again. Here are 359 pages of FBI intv summaries from the Mueller probe, released in response to my/@BuzzFeedNews and CNN's #FOIA lawsuit. This is all Rick Gates. It's the 17th release. We've pried loose more than 8K pages

documentcloud.org/documents/2105…
Some of the information in these FBI interview summaries is still being withheld due to ongoing law enforcement investigations.
The FBI and DOJ still owe us a huge cache of records from the Mueller probe that they will continue to release to us every month. Thanks to @mvtopic @jloevy and team for continuing to wage this long running transparency battle for us.
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@TBCommunicator please apologize to "obvious non journalists" who may feel slurred by your mis-statements.

when referring to corporate media, refer to their advertising revenue constraints.

when referring to "independent journalists" do not call them "obvious non journalists"
corporate media is constrained by the economic viability of selling ad revenue and subscription. it is not accurate to refer to @tbottomly's employees as "independent" when they are dependent on ad revenue, sales, editorial discretion.
truly independent journalists are rare.
"obvious non journalists" in the context of your text to @tedwheeler
is a slur seeking to delegitimize the content producers
non-favorable to your regime.

Tim Becker
@TBCommunicator what you seek is propagandist, and that has nothing to do with "independent journalism"
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In May, we FOIA’d the SEC for records concerning the purchase of $54 million in Oshkosh shares on the day before USPS publicly announced it awarded Oshkosh a contract potentially worth $6 billion.

Now, the SEC told us it is withholding the responsive records in full.
In March, USPS publicly announced it awarded a contract potentially worth $6 billion to Oshkosh Defense to redesign & manufacture its mail truck fleet. But the day before this was announced, an “unknown party” purchased $54 million in Oshkosh shares.
We asked the SEC for records reflecting any summaries, memoranda, analyses, directives, or guidance concerning the purchase of Oshkosh stocks.
americanoversight.org/wp-content/upl…
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Troubling example of how federal agencies -- regularly + increasingly with each administration -- redact information from documents that the public has every right to see. How legit are other redactions in Fauci's emails? ronjohnson.senate.gov/services/files… #FOIA #FOIAFriday h/t @thackerpd
Last month I reported on a secretive 2/1/20 meeting that Dr. Fauci helped organize among elite, international scientists to discuss early concerns the Covid-19 virus might have been engineered in a lab. Those emails were also heavily redacted.
usatoday.com/story/opinion/…
Here's what some of those emails about the meeting look like. They were part of a wideranging trove of emails obtained by @BuzzFeedNews -- only because they SUED to force compliance with #FOIA. And yet most information still withheld. buzzfeednews.com/article/natali…
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It's a true honor to team up with the brilliant @BarbMcQuade and @JoyceWhiteVance on this.

Just published: "Questions the January 6 Select Committee Should Ask Its Witnesses"

Identifying 35 witnesses
Dozens of questions

<Thread> of some highlights...

justsecurity.org/77588/question…
2. Among many Qs for FBI

Why did Norfolk report warning of “war” at Capitol not get elevated to senior FBI including Wray?

Why did Parler warnings sent to FBI of threats of violence at Capitol not get elevated to Wray?

Does Wray acknowledge the gaps are intelligence failures?
3. Questions that get at specific (not abstract) comparisons between FBI’s handling of #BLM protests and #Jan6.👇
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Heute findet die mündliche Verhandlung im Prozess @fragdenstaat ./. Bundesministerium der Verteidigung und @fragdenstaat ./. Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz im #VG #koeln statt.

Hintergründe der Verfahren finden sich hier:
fragdenstaat.de/info/ueber/kla…
fragdenstaat.de/info/ueber/kla…
@fragdenstaat Wir sind als Publikum anwesend und berichten (wenn es die Situation zulässt) live aus dem Gerichtssaal.

#fragdenstaat #ifg #foia #informationsfreiheit #BMVg #BfV #Bundeswehr #Verfassungsschutz
@fragdenstaat @fragdenstaat
Es geht um Umweltinformationen beim Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz. Es gibt ein recht frisches Urteil vom Bundesverwaltungsgericht was nicht allen Parteien bekannt ist. Die Sitzung wird unterbrochen damit sich die Parteien das Urteil amschauen können.
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🌡🧵So there you have it. @drbonniehenry misled us again. I asked via #cdnFOI and the @bcndp Ministry of Health under @adriandix says it has no provincial government heat emergency plan. #bcpoli #FOIA @BCLiberalCaucus @BCGreens #heatdome #heatwave
That letter refers to a @CDCofBC 2017 publication, which shifts responsibility to the regional health boards and municipalities. #BCGov has a nuclear emergency response plan (among others), but no top-down plan for a heat emergency. #bcpoli #cdnfoi bccdc.ca/resource-galle…
Horgan, Henry and Dix fiddled while home burned #bcpoli #heatwave #heatdome thebreaker.news/opinion/while-…
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While the rest of the country does FOIA the normal way (more or less) here’s what DOJ argued in the 5th Circuit yesterday. This is @bstautberg here for a thread summarizing some pretty out-there FOIA arguments that your government is making on your behalf.
@bstautberg For background, this is the case Kel argued in NOLA yesterday, Rutila v. Dep’t of Transportation. A recording of the oral arguments is available here: ca5.uscourts.gov/OralArgRecordi…
@bstautberg First, the reason the case is in the 5th Cir. is because DOJ successfully convinced a federal magistrate judge in TX that there was no subject matter jurisdiction (SMJ) over the suit. It’s quite a reach of an argument, but it needs some background to appreciate the extent of it.
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Lots of people know about my lawsuit with @LegalEagle to get to the bottom of the whole Bolton prepub review fiasco, but most people don't know that that's only one of TWO #FOIA cases we've brought. The second one is directly on point to this bill.
.@RepJamesComer's main response to "this is because Trump kept firing IGs for no reason" was to repeat the claim that he was justified in firing IGs for misconduct. Well funny story, @LegalEagle & I filed a bunch of #FOIA requests last years for records about all this alleged ...
misconduct these IGs were doing which led to their justified dismissal. We looked for complaints about them. We looked for Congressional interest in them.

So far we haven't found any. Now, all the records aren't in yet, but a lot are, & it's starting to look like we were ...
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SCOOP: Steve Bannon racked up more than $1 million in legal fees during the Russia probe — then asked Trump's DOJ to reimburse him - by @cryanbarber ($) @thisisinsider businessinsider.com/steve-bannon-t… via @businessinsider
LEDE: As President Trump reluctantly prepared to leave the White House, his one-time chief strategist Steve Bannon asked DOJ for a taxpayer-funded reimbursement of the hefty legal fees he incurred in connection with the Russia investigation, per records obtained through #FOIA
"It is our understanding that the White House supports reimbursing Mr. Bannon's attorneys' fees," Bannon's defense lawyer, William Burck, wrote on New Year's Eve 2020 to the Justice Department.
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1/My firm filed new #FOIA lawsuit today for @wbaidlaw to compel disclosure of @FBI records re: #whistleblower’s efforts to reveal pattern of falsified intel reports generated by FBI & @CIA that led to unlawful retaliation. Story of #MarkMcConnell told in
newyorker.com/magazine/2020/…
2/In July 2017, McConnell was detailed by Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Executive Office to work at Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATFS) at request of JIATFS leadership.
3/Primary reasons for detailing McConnell were to inject agency-agnostic prosecutor perspective into fed law enforcement agency interactions at JIATFS to try & smooth out unproductive competitive interagency law enforcement behaviors ...
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1/Today my firm filed new #FOIA lawsuit for frm Gov #JimGuyTucker to secure release of records tied to his prosecution as part of infamous Clinton “Whitewater” investigation led by then-Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr back in 1990s.

Total blast from past!
2/The records sought will bring greater public understanding regarding how Office of Independent Counsel pursued criminal charges against Gov Tucker based on provision in Internal Revenue Code that had actually been repealed in December 1986.
3/IRS itself had internally concluded provision was not applicable. These records will corroborate that OIC’s reliance upon repealed IRS provision was done, at least in part, to improperly pressure Gov Tucker into cooperating with Starr’s probe into #PresidentClinton.
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#CoronavirusUpdate 2021/6/9🇯🇵Request to the police by @freeze209021 through Japan’s #FOIA reveals that of the 119 in-home deaths due to insufficient treatment of those tested positive during the #COVID19 pandemic this year #Osaka suffered most deaths (28) followed by Tokyo (22).
(DeepL訳) #CoronavirusUpdate 2021/6/9🇯🇵 @freeze209021 さんが日本の #FOIA (情報公開法) を通じて警察に開示要請したところ、今年度の新型コロナパンデミックで陽性反応が出た人で、治療が不十分だったために家庭内で死亡した119人のうち、大阪が最も多く(28人)、次いで東京(22人)だった。
[Detailed Report] According to @kantele, it was revealed that the number of total in-home and in-hotel deaths recorded by the police that were caused by #COVID19 who tested positive prior to their deaths nationwide since January 1 to May 21 this year was 122.
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So, remember when I talked about the @ShawnMusgrave #FOIA lawsuit for #FBI records about @DevinCow? Man, I can still remember it like it was yesterday.

Anyway, there's more. At least, more to FBI's complete reversal about whether it had records about Nunes's Most Wanted.
So, to recap, after we sued them, FBI ran away from its Glomar response & said fine, we'll process the request.

Then things got goofy again. They sent a "final" response to me last week.

Pause here a moment to review the 5 types of records we wanted. This will be relevant.
They CLAIM that they searched for the first three categories, but their description of their search is, shall we say, wanting. "We searched the places we wanted to search for things we wanted to search for and didn't find anything."
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Previously on #BadFOIATakes:

1) @ShawnMusgrave & I filed a #FOIA request for #FBI records about @DevinCow. FBI refused to confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of records, saying it would harm the privacy interests of a fake anonymous cow.

2) We sued.
3) FBI unilaterally reversed its position & agreed to process the request rather than defend its response.

4) We learned that the US Atty's Office for DC had attempted to subpoena Twitter for information about @NunesAlt.
5) We filed a new FOIA request for US Atty's Office for DC's records about @DevinCow.

And now:

US Atty's Office for DC refused to confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of records, saying it would harm the privacy interests of a fake anonymous cow.
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The crimes against humanity during the **ump Administration cannot be overlooked— several women had their uterus removed without consent by a doctor working for/at a Georgia ICE detention center. 👀⤵️
ICYMI: In October 2020, José Olivares and John Washington reported that at least 57 migrant women were subjected to gynecological surgeries without informed consent.
A few weeks ago, DHS Sec. Mayorkas announced that the Irwin County ICE detention center would be shut down.

theintercept.com/2021/05/20/ice…
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Ob die Verteilerlisten/Inhalte d. #Fauci-EMails zum Thema #COVID dank Freedom of Information Act (#FOIA) auch in #Deutschland durch #Journalisten hinterfragt werden? Vielleicht sehen wir einen Wettbewerb zwischen #Faktenchecker​n, ​@NDMedienmacher und @reitschuster? 😁 [#Drosten]
Das oben gezeigte Standbild stammt aus diesem Video:
Und eine Kopie der veröffentlichen E-Mails (Einzel-PDF) findet sich hier [via @BuzzFeedNews]: assets.documentcloud.org/documents/2079…
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Just in: Federal/provincial/territorial information and privacy commissioners (including B.C.'s @McEvoy_Michael) call on governments to respect Canadians' quasi-constitutional rights to privacy and access to information. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #coronavirus #stateofemergency #righttoknow ImageImage
Here is the full resolution. But is it too little, too late? @BCInfoPrivacy has given @jjhorgan @bcndp too much freedom to trample on citizens' #FOIA rights, starting with the temporary March 18, 2020 disclosure holiday. #bcpoli #cdnfoi #coronavirus #stateofemergency ImageImage
Today's statement from information and privacy commissioners comes MORE THAN A YEAR after Canadian COVID-19 Accountability group, including @seanmholman, sounded the alarm.
The statutory watchdogs waited more than a year to speak as one. #bcpoli #cdnfoi
drive.google.com/file/d/1dpm3eQ…
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OMG this #faucileaks campaign is right out of a KGB playbook. Call it a "leak" 2 make it seem nefarious when it's just a legal FOIA request & cherry pick emails to fit your narrative from total randos like Dermatologists and fake Physicists that cant even spell hydroxychloroquine
Hey Dr. Fauci why are you not addressing the new cure I found, that Elmer's Glue will actually stick to the virus and remove it from your body? Signed Jack Posobic @JackPosobiec, who stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. #FauciEmails
You can almost pick any tweet in #fauciLeaks and it is a total rando like DJ Freedom Rockets spewing insanity, pontificating on cherry picked emails that are completely out of context. This whole mask insanity is total gaslighting ... 1/3
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