Judge Richard Leon
Judge Richard Leon, now famous for ruling that the NSA’s mass surveillance program is probably unconstitutional, is now considering the final issue in the Morley v. CIA: whether the government has to pay my court costs for 10 years of litigation.
A three-judge panel on the DC Court of Appeals ruled last June that Leon had erred in his September 2012 decision that the government did not have to pay court costs. The appellate court remanded the case to Leon and instructed him to apply a four-part test of the “public benefit” of the material released.
In my remarks to the JFK Lancer, I talked about what could be done in 2014 to clarify the story of JFK’s assassination. I proposed two types of action: one legal, one historical.
It’s time to act on these. Read more
Eyes wide shut: Obama’s transparency vision
From the NYTimes:
“When President Obama took office in 2009, he promised an ‘unprecedented level of openness in government.’ In a memo issued the day after his inauguration, he wrote, ‘The government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.'”
When I first read those words in 2009, I took hope that the new president’s thinking would exercise a positive benefit on my Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for the JFK assassination records of deceased CIA officer George Joannides.
The CIA has finally responded to JFK Facts‘ reporting on the 1,100 secret CIA documents related to JFK’s assassination, including the Top 7 JFK files it still keeps from public view. Read more
A cosmopolitan look at JFK
From Adam Gopnik’s, The Assassination of J.F.K., Fifty Years Later in The New Yorker.
“The notion that the Cold War national-security state, which Eisenhower warned against, might have decided to kill the President is not as difficult to credit as one wishes. There were C.I.A. operatives prepared to kill foreign leaders, some of them previously friendly, for acts they didn’t like, and to recruit gangsters to do it, and generals who were eager to invade Cuba even at the risk of nuclear war, and who resented Kennedy for restraining them.”
“Absent an appropriation, Department of Justice attorneys and employees of the federal defendant [the CIA] will be prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis.” Read more
On Tuesday I filed a another declaration with Judge Richard Leon in the case of Morley v. CIA. As a legal document it is a bit dry but it does summarize both the public benefit and the historical significance of what the lawsuit has uncovered.
I have to prepare a declaration this week for Morley v. CIA — my tedious but necessary lawsuit seeking disclosure of certain CIA records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
I’ve written most of the statement but I need to add more facts. Perhaps JFK Facts readers can help. Read more
The CIA’s Career Intelligence Medal
It has been six weeks since the D.C. Court of Appeals heard arguments in Morley v. CIA, my lawsuit seeking certain CIA records from 1963 related to the assassination of President Kennedy. A decision from Judges Harry Edwards, Stephen Williams, and Brett Kavanagh could come any day now.
The legal issue before the judges is money, not documents. The larger issue raised by the case is the CIA’s credibility on JFK’s assassination. Read more
Where a lawsuit about JFK assassination records will be heard on Feb. 25
In reporting on my February 25 federal court date with the CIA, I explained the goals of my Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking certain ancient JFK assassination records. But a friend noted that I hadn’t really explained my theory of the case.
I get these questions a lot. What the hell is Morley v. CIA all about? What are you saying happened in Dealey Plaza? What do you think was really going on? And, inevitably, what’s your theory? Read more