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    Re: Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland

    Speaking of unwritten qualifications, you forgot gender, skin color, religious affiliation, and loyalty to a party machine.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Speaking of unwritten qualifications, you forgot gender, skin color, religious affiliation, and loyalty to a party machine.
    None of those apply but thanks for playing.
    The national security of the United States can never be left in the hands of liberals.

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    Re: Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland

    From the little I know, this sounds abhorrent.
    I am glad that they stopped after the AP discovered it.

    "The report also said that the secretary’s office stopped using e-mail in the second quarter of 2010, and instead contacted their career staff by phone."

    Playing politics with records requests - Politics - More politics - msnbc.com
    7/21/2010
    E-mails obtained by AP do not show political appointees at Homeland Security stopping records from coming out. Instead they point to acute political sensitivities that slowed the process, a probing curiosity about the people and organizations making the request for records, and considerable confusion.
    Political staffers reviewed information requests submitted by reporters and other citizens as a way to anticipate troublesome scrutiny. Days after the nearly catastrophic Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a Detroit-bound airliner, they asked whether news media or other organizations had filed records requests about the attack.
    On another matter, one request sought data on expensive international travel by Homeland Security employees during the Bush administration. "Let's make sure we don't have a similar problem," Napolitano's chief of staff, Noah Kroloff, wrote in an e-mail in October to colleagues.
    When the department released immigration records in September about Obama's father, Kroloff wrote: "We haven't released this yet have we? ... I'm hoping this was done in coordination with Sean (Smith), the WH and other relevant and interested parties."
    The answer came from the general counsel's chief of staff, John Sandweg: "WH was made aware early and said treat it as normal."
    The new review rule was so unclear to career Homeland Security employees that they sometimes weren't sure exactly which information requests the political staff was demanding to see: "I don't think they know what they want until they see it," Papoi confided to a colleague in an e-mail.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Damn I thought this Thread was about failing to comply with FOIA requests...
    Fwiw, afaict, they didn't fail to comply with requests so much as they merely delayed things a great deal sometimes in order that the WH et al could be aware of the contents before they were released.

    Playing politics with records requests - Politics - More politics - msnbc.com
    The special reviews at times delayed the release of information to Congress, watchdog groups and the news media for weeks beyond the usual wait, even though the directive specified the reviews should take no more than three days.
    The foot-dragging reached a point that officials worried the department would get sued, one e-mail shows.
    "We need to make sure that we flip these ASAP so we can eliminate any lag in getting the responses to the requesters," the agency's director of disclosure, Catherine Papoi, wrote to two of Napolitano's staffers. "Under the statute, the requester now has the right to allege constructive denial and take us to court. Please advise soonest."
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    maybe she is a bush holdover trying to embarrass the Obama administration
    I think she is a career employee
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland

    the ig found the political screening of foia requests at the cabinet level UNPRECEDENTED

    and the screens, it appears, were not mere window dressing

    The House investigation further found “original versions of documents that were heavily redacted before being released to the Associated Press show the Office of General Counsel relied on exception – normally meant to protect pre-decisional records – to prevent the release of embarrassing records.”

    The report also said that the secretary’s office stopped using e-mail in the second quarter of 2010, and instead contacted their career staff by phone.

    The report from DHS Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards did not allege corruption, but did say the department must make changes.

    “We also determined that the Office of the Secretary has had unprecedented involvement in the Freedom of Information Act process beginning in 2009,” the IG report said. “For several hundred requests deemed significant, components were required to provide for headquarters review all materials they intended to release.”

    The IG report also says, “Potentially embarrassing wording was redacted in other cases as well. In November 2009, a senior DHS official suggested limitations on the release of particular requests that a component was processing.”
    Investigations Find 'Unprecedented' Political Review

    just this week bernanke was forced by foia to make public, after two years of stonewalling, the list of foreign banks in receipt of TRILLIONS of tarp

    the white house, after postponing the ceremony, finally accepted its TRANSPARENCY award in PRIVATE

    and this, dhs' POLITICAL attempts to frustrate FREEDOM OF INFO

    it all comes down to character

    know the MAN
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    Re: Investigations Find ‘Unprecedented’ Political Review of FOIA Requests by Homeland

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Mars View Post
    None of those apply but thanks for playing.
    Sure they do, just check this nation's record when it comes to Presidents.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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