Where federal judges will hear oral arguments about CIA JFK files.
On Monday morning March 19 my attorneys Jim Lesar and Dan Alcorn and I will appear at the Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse in Washington for oral arguments in my long-running lawsuit, Morley v. CIA.
The issue before the three-judge panel: has there been a “public benefit” from the lawsuit’s disclosure of long-secret documents about deceased CIA officer George Joannides? Read more
The non-profit National Security Archive at George Washington University leads the way.
This calendar year alone the National Security Archive has filed suit against the Trump administration four times – including for access to the White House visitor logs and to prevent the destruction of Presidential records by Trump and his staff. As the Des Moines Register’s Editorial Board notes in a history of the law, “As with many of the rights we cherish, we must tirelessly work to ensure the public’s access to public information is protected.”
“Flint’s water crisis was not the first in this country and, tragically, without greater sunlight and public scrutiny, it will not be the last,” says OTG.
Read more in the Battle Creek Enquirer about how government secrecy contributed to the Flint crisis, and how transparency measures in its wake have not gone far enough to prevent future disasters.
In a new sworn declaration filed in federal court, former JFK investigator Dan Hardway tells the story of how the CIA stonewalled him and other investigators for the House Select Committee of Assassinations in 1978.
Hardway’s first-person story is the most vivid and powerful account of how the CIA obstructed Congress’s attempt to investigate JFK’s assassination in 1978 since Gaeton Fonzi’s book, The Last Investigation. Hardway adds new detail to the story Fonzi told by detailing the obstructionist tactics of George Joannides that he personally experienced.
According to an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court filed this week in Washington, the language of the Freedom of Information Act is clear:
The court may assess against the United States reasonable attorney’s fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred in any case under this section in which the complainant has substantially prevailed.
The Obama Justice Department doesn’t want to admit it but, in Morley v. CIA, yours truly substantially prevailed. Will the Supreme Court be interested?
It’s a long shot, but I try to think like Steph Curry; sometimes a long shot is worth taking.
What did the CIA know about Lee Harvey Oswald? And when did they know it?
With the publication today of CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files, those questions can now be answered. Candid interviews with retired CIA personnel and deep research into the the classified records illuminate the untold story of the JFK and the clandestine service.
CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files
is today. The 35th President of the United States was born on May 29, 1917.
“John Kennedy was urbane, objective, analytical, controlled, contained,
masterful, a man of perspective,” –Arthur Schlesinger.
HIs violent death was a terrible loss for the country. Yet the CIA still hasn’t released all of its JFK assassination files. Next month, I will publish a short ebook that exposes this sorry state of affairs and explains what can be done about it in 2017.
CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files,
Candid interviews with retired CIA personnel and deep research into declassified records illuminate an untold story: the secret files of JFK’s enemies in the clandestine service.
CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files
One place where the peculiar similarities of Australia and the United States converge is interest in JFK assassination story. Read more
George Will exposes one of the tricks of U.S. national security agencies use to protect themselves from embarrassment.
Documents can be kept forever secret by government agencies declaring them “drafts” or otherwise “deliberative.”
Source: 9/11 Report & CIA Bay of Pigs History Should Be Declassified
In a move open government advocates are calling “ludicrous”, the administration “strongly opposed” the passage of bipartisan Freedom of Information Act (Foia) reform behind closed doors in 2014.
Source: Obama claimed to want transparency. His actions suggest the opposite | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian
The documents were collected by the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent agency created by the JFK Records Act, which has previously released thousands of documents about Kennedy’s assassination. They should be released by October 2017 as per the JFK Records Act unless the next President decides they should remain classified.
Source: Daily Mail Online
The invaluable WhoWhatWhy has posted a spreadsheet of the 3,600-plus assassination-related records that the U.S. government has never made public.
The existence of the 3,600 records was first reported in JFK Facts last May. The WhoWhatWhy document, obtained by FOIA specialist Michael Ravnitzky, advances the story by providing new details about what exactly the government does not care to share with the American people. Read more
The latest Morley decision greatly simplifies the test for determining whether a FOIA plaintiff is entitled to receive attorney fees.
Source: MEMORANDUM ON MORLEY CASE OPINION BY COURT OF APPEALS