If you want to find out about how CIA considers the propaganda value of a document when weighing it's declassification, sign up for the @MuckRock newsletter before it goes out tomorrow muckrock.com/project/uneart…#FOIA
Of the more than 500 documents reviewed, the FBI released only 156 pages and withheld 370 pages in full, with 7 emails withheld under #FOIA’s law enforcement exemption nypost.com/2018/11/09/jam…
This exemption is used when the government can show (1) a law enforcement proceeding is pending or prospective, and (2) release of information about that proceeding could reasonably be expected to cause some articulable harm causeofaction.org/fbi-records-sh…
There is a reason why we encourage 'Memes' so much.
There is a reason why we came here to drop.
There is a reason why they are all working overtime to build code to censor and defend against 'Memes.'
Re_read drops re: Memes
ho ricevuto molti "consigli" di chiudere mia azione legale basata su #FOIA per difendere diritto stampa di accedere a tutti i documenti del caso Julian #Assange e #WikiLeaks. Molti mi hanno "consigliato" di lasciar perdere se non voglio veder distrutta mia professione
Noting that DHS office of Intelligence & Analysis routinely (and controversially) monitors social media for domestic threats. In the past, I&A had largely been scouring social media for jihadist threats to US but since last yr has stepped up monitoring abt white supremacists 1/
For example, here are a couple of documents I obtained via #FOIA from DHS abt it. 1st doc from May 2017 is a joint intel bulletin: White Supremacist Extremism Poses Persistent Threat of Lethal Violence
Other doc is an open source intel report abt white supremacist violence 2/
These reports are sent to US govt agencies (FBI) and local law enforcement for any action they deem necessary. Question that remains unanswered is what action if any has been taken. Officials have told me they are reluctant to wade into 1A issues involving US persons 3/3
In response to our #FOIA, USCIS has posted Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion’s A file online. Much of it is redacted. I have a lot to say about this, but I can’t this evening. For now, here is his file: uscis.gov/sites/default/…. A few thoughts before I board this plane:
1. This young man served for 14 years involuntarily in the Eritrean military. Eritrea conscripts people to serve for life. It’s also illegal to leave Eritrea without permission. He says he was ordered to shoot a man who was fleeing the country to Sudan and he refused.
2. For refusing, Zeresenay was tortured for 1.5 years in a prison. Read the State Department’s human rights reports on Eritrea. All of this is consistent with current country conditions. A man at the prison was a friend and helped Zeresenay escape to Sudan.
An NSA "deputy chief" engaged in an "egregious" pattern of sexual misconduct and abusive behavior towards women at the agency, according to an NSA inspector general report that has remained classified for 5 years.
“Subsequent to being disciplined, he did not cease his misconduct." Rather, the deputy chief “simply stopped misusing chat and relied solely on email to engage in inappropriate written exchanges with females, because he believed it was not monitored and he would not be caught.”
The NSA deputy chief also used his supervisor’s email account to send himself a sexually charged email. He explained to the inspector general he did this in order to teach his boss a lesson that she should lock down her computer, an assertion the IG did not find credible
Thread: Attorney General advised Dept of Justice they did not have to contact ex-minister #FrancesFitzgerald about e-mails with #TerryProne & the Communications Clinic. These were among records that Dept originally said didn't exist but were believed held on private email account
This followed instruction from Office of the Information Commissioner that Ms Fitzgerald should be contacted to see what records she held. Interestingly, Dept ended up doing it anyway despite advice from Attorney General. Background to this here: oic.ie/decisions/ken-…
Records also show that during original handling of request back in March 2017, two of Frances Fitzgerald's special advisers said they had no records relevant to the request. One of them was in very regular contact with Ms Prone (names deleted by me)
Thread: Here we go again - Gardaí have refused access to correspondence between former Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan and Terry Prone & the Communications Clinic (Deletions of personal email details are mine)
They say the records do not fall under the (extremely narrow) #FOIA regime that applies to An #Garda Síochána. This only covers administrative records relating to human resources, finance, and procurement.
They have at least conceded the existence of such records, which is more information than I got when I submitted a similar request some time ago:
The same procedural loopholes created for OPSEC purposes could be abused for discriminatory purposes, too. Historically, the armed forces and the intelligence community argued that there was an overlap between OPSEC and sexist or racist discrimination. #FOIA
'A pool of intelligence and unconventional warfare specialists would be available in peacetime to perform specialized duties.'
As of October 31, 1970 CIA had 1,764 officers in the military. Many of them were covert employees.
Ford herself coached by the C_A?
FARM (pre-family invite) w/ internship assignment (Stanford)?
C_A-assisted 'sex assault' 'sleepers' who are targeted based on trusted family backgrou[…
Sessions meeting Huber THE SAME DAY as POTUS_ALERT.
Sessions meeting Huber THE DAY PRIOR to >>> judiciary.house.gov/wp-content/upl…
What must be understood prior to?
Think GJ information.
What are the odds of that?
So when do the new #FOIA stats get published, again?
Speaking of which, I just noticed the delicious irony in my sending CIA one #FOIA for every year of their existence on their birthday, less than two weeks before the end of the FY when they're trying to clear out as many requests as possible.
The word "irony" is meaningless now don't @ me it's not my fault
Hey all - I basically gave notice at work last night so that I can focus full-time on research and writing the Kissinger book + articles and the CIA newsletter. This would be a really good time to support my work. muckrock.com/project/uneart…
In addition to my work with occasional leaks, I do tons of #FOIA work, including publishing part of Roger Stone's FBI file, flagging FBI docs on Donald Trump for BuzzFeed, helping get CIA's archive online, and documenting CIA's earliest monitoring of Russian election interference
For folx on the other side of the aisle, you might want to support things like my efforts to get the 2,800+ page FBI file on Filegate (Clinton stuff).
And we can all get behind stuff like exploring the secret channel between FBI + CIA for coordinating COINTELPRO + MHCHAOS.
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…