Tag Archive for FOIA

CIA to argue JFK lawsuit disclosures have no ‘public benefit’

Barrett Prettyman Courthouse

Washington DC courthouse where federal judges will hear oral arguments about the CIA’s JFK records.

On Monday March 19, a three-judge federal appellate court in Washington, D.C. will hear oral arguments about the “public benefit” of disclosure of CIA files related to the assassination of President Kennedy.

With the release of the last of the U.S. government’s JFK assassination files set for April 26, 2018, the judges have to pass judgement on a still-timely question: is there any public benefit from learning more about the events of November 1963? Read more

Federal judges to hear JFK files case on March 19

On Monday morning March 19 my attorneys Jim Lesar and Dan Alcorn and I will appear at the Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse in Washington to make oral arguments in my long-running lawsuit, Morley v. CIA. Read more

A medal for stonewalling: one JFK secret the CIA plans to keep

Joannides medal

Retired CIA officer George Joannides (left) received the Career Intelligence Medal in 1981, two years after misleading House investigators about what he knew about Lee Oswald. (Photo credit: CIA)

One of the most important documents uncovered by my lawsuit Morley v. CIA  is this photograph showing the previously unknown fact that CIA officer George Joannides received a medal after stonewalling JFK investigators about his assassination-related actions in 1963 and 1978.

I’ll talking about this photographs in oral arguments before a federal appellate court in Washington on March 19.

Along with the photo, the CIA was forced to disclose the citation on the Career Intelligence Medal, which commended Joannides for his performance in “diverse assignments of increasing responsibility at Headquarters, the domestic field, and overseas.” Read more

The revelations of ‘CIA & JFK’

CIA & JFKMy ebook, CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files is based on thousands of pages of newly-declassified records and scores of interviews with former CIA officers.

In telling the story of my JFK research over twenty years, I lay bare the role of CIA employees involved in the events of 1963.

These are the men and women whose secretive actions related to the breakdown of presidential security on Nov. 22, 1963 were never explained by the U.S. government.

They include:

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I’ll be in federal court on March 19 talking about key missing JFK files

Barrett Prettyman Courthouse

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

Fighting for freedom of information

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.”

Poisonous secrecy: the roots of Flint’s water crisis

“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.

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Exclusive: JFK investigator on how CIA stonewalled Congress

Dan Hardway

Dan Hardway

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.

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Why I’m taking JFK to the Supreme Court

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.

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Available today: ‘CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files’

CIA & JFKWhat 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

 

 

On JFK’s 99th birthday

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.

 

The secret files of JFK’s enemies

CIA & JFK 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

 

For Australians only: the JFK connection

One place where the peculiar similarities of Australia and the United States converge is interest in JFK assassination story.  Read more

JFK: the complex reality

Indeed, the complex reality of how a president of the United States came to be gunned down on a sunny day, and no one lost his liberty — or his job — continues to live and grow in popular memory.

What do the 9/11 report and a CIA history have in common?

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