Posts Tagged ‘FOIA’

9/11 victims subpoena secret FBI records; next subpoenas to Saudi Arabia, State Dept.

Monday, April 16th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Armed with subpoena power granted by a federal judge, 9/11 victims suing Saudi Arabia have told the FBI to hand over long-hidden records, including an uncensored copy of a startling 2012 summary report about an investigation of an apparent co-conspirator of the suicide hijackers.
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FBI asks two courts to block further disclosures about its 9/11 investigation of Sarasota Saudis

Monday, December 11th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Saying it has released every scrap of information it can about a Sarasota terrorism investigation it once hid from both Congress and the 9/11 Commission, the FBI went to court twice in the last two weeks to block any further disclosures.
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Appeal: How much information about 9/11 must FBI share with public?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal appeals court has been asked to overturn a Miami district court judge and order a Freedom of Information Act trial to determine whether the FBI made a proper search for records about its secretive 9/11 Review Commission.
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Saudi Arabia cites FBI’s Meese Commission in asking judge to toss 9/11 victims’ lawsuit

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Forced back into court by an act of Congress and faced with tens of billions of dollars in potential civil liability, oil-rich Saudi Arabia is asking a U.S. judge again to throw out a lawsuit brought against it by thousands of 9/11 victims.
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FBI boss Comey and ‘inexplicable’ delays in matters of ‘highest national importance’

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The FBI’s renewed push to dismiss a Miami Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking records of the enigmatic 9/11 Review Commission and FBI activities “of the highest national importance” should be denied, court papers contend.
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U.S. judge cites ‘shameful’ FBI delays in making public 9/11 records

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A Miami federal judge Tuesday excoriated the FBI for what she called its “shameful” delays in making public certain records about the bureau’s 9/11 Review Commission.
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Email Insights: Republican Governors Association takes aim at Gwen Graham

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The 2018 gubernatorial race has officially begun — even though none of the likely candidates have filed paperwork to run.
In an email Thursday, the Republican Governors Association blasted outgoing Rep. Gwen Graham, one of several Democrats considering a 2018 run. The association said Graham’s office hasn’t responded to Freedom of Information Act requests made by the Republican Governors Association.
According to documents provided by the Republican Governors Association, the organization requested all documents related to Graham Companies, real estate and development projects in Florida, and the “American Dream Project” in Miami. The request was made in October; and in an email Thursday, the RGA said the documents would “give voters valuable insight into how she conducts her congressional office.”
“When it comes to transparency, Gwen Graham says one thing, but does another. Graham says she believes that Florida families deserve full transparency, but as her actions have demonstrated, she only believes in full transparency until it could impact her quest for political power,” said Jon Thompson, the director of communications for the Republican Governors Association, in a statement. “Graham should immediately release her congressional records so that Florida voters know exactly how she was using her influence as a Washington politician to benefit her political ambitions.”
Graham has resigned from the board and said Thursday she has no involvement in the project mentioned in the FOIA request.
“As the RGA probably already knows, I voluntarily resigned from the company’s board when I was elected to Congress, and I have no involvement with this project,” she said in a statement. “We are 23 months away from the Governor’s election in Florida, and there will be plenty of time for the RGA to engage in this petty nonsense and partisan attacks. For the rest of 2016, I’m focused on finishing the job I was elected to

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OPINON: Private Prisons Turn 25, Why Do We Need Them At All?

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Over the past year, MuckRock has been filing nationwide requests for the hard materials that connect the powers­ that ­be to their parasites.
It’s as much about what we can know as what we can’t know. And it requires putting money behind requests and feet on the ground.
That’s why MuckRock took the opportunity to launch its first project page with the Private Prison Project – a place to gather, contextualize, and follow the requests and stories that will help provide the data and dirt to have a real conversation.
Private Prisons in America Are Turning 25 Years Old
Winn Correctional Center opened its doors 25 years ago as the first privately­ run medium security prison in America.
And, soon, its life cycle as one of the country’s oldest for­profit facilities will come to an end, when
the handoff from Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is completed.
Kissimmee, FL, August 25, 2004 — An Osceola County inmate transfers vegetables he cooked for the Red Cross into a serving container. The Red Cross is providing free meals to residents affected by Hurricane Charley. FEMA Photo/Mark Wolfe
For the first time in the facility’s history, a new ability to scrutinize its inner workings will exist.
Until then, Winn Correctional, just like all privately­ run prisons, will maintain its legal right to secrecy.
Private prisons in America hold 150,000 of America’s incarcerated population. They were born of Reagan­ era privatization policies and lauded as a quick, cost­ effective way to build and staff facilities. They only operate in some states but are popular with agencies of the federal government.
These major corporations are publicly­ traded– albeit as real estate investment trusts aka REITs.
REITs pay no taxes, passing the responsibility for that to investors, and using them for prisons turns our incarceration system into a glorified hotel chain whose

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