CASE CLOSED … what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks?

* Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on March 17, 2014

USAMRIID, FOIA, FBI, Ivins

Obama Admin Censoring on the Rise

Though the Obama administration has promised since its first day in power to increase government transparency, it has failed to do so, according to a new analysis by the Associated Press. It reveals that last year, the Obama administration censored more government files and outright denied access to them under the Freedom of Information Act more often than ever. Last year, the government denied access on national-security grounds 8,496 times, a 57 percent increase from the previous year and more than double Obama’s first year in office. Last year the government censored or denied access to documents in 244,675 cases, or 36 percent of all requests.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, “I’m concerned the growing trend toward relying upon FOIA exemptions to withhold large swaths of government information is hindering the public’s right to know. If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.”

source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2014/03/17/obama-admin-censoring-on-the-rise.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_morning&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_morning&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

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3 Responses to “* Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.): “If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.””

  1. DXer said

    Question: Are there circumstances where marking something secret could constitute obstruction of justice?

    Philip Baruth, in his biography of Senator Leahy, at page 215 writes:

    “Even as the Amerithrax task force laid its thick dossier of evidence before the public, even as a skeptical Tom Daschle came to accept the bureau’s conclusion as solid, Leahy remain convinced — and very publicly so — that the FBI had failed to ferret out the entire network behind the attacks. That alone was an explosive thought, and an even more explosive statement to enter into the public record.

    But after having been briefed in Vermont by FBI director Mueller on August 7, 2008, Leahy chose a packed Judiciary Committee oversight hearing nine days later to amplify the allegations he had first laid out for me the previous September.

    Voice low but steady, and pausing throughout for emphasis, Leahy alleged the existence of a full-blown criminal conspiracy, in language borrowed very deliberately from his days as a courtroom prosecutor. He had always had the instructs of a performer; he had spent long years honing his capacity for the sound bite. But behind this particular bite lay long years of resentment and anger and fear for his family. All of which gave five of Leahy’s sentences in particular a palpable force:

    “If [Ivins] is the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in way way, shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people. I do not believe that at all. I believe there are others involved either as accessories before or accessories after the fact. I believe there are others out there. I believe there are others who can be charged with murder.”

    Comment: Although Senator Leahy is the former prosecutor, not me, I don’t believe there is a statute of limitations for murder. A murder charge can be filed even decades after the alleged murder was committed. So it seems that Senator Leahy may be correct when he said that the case is not closed.

  2. DXer said

    The United States Department of Justice is processing the civil depositions of Larry Lynn, Alnora Robinson and Reynolds Salerno. I have asked Attorney Kovakas whether DOJ could consider removing the sealing of the IG team leader Colonel Elliott. He led the team that visited USAMRIID in mid-November 2001 and issued its report in January 2002. It seems that the underlying documents discussed are no longer subject to protective order 3 — and any additional concerns, if any, can be addressed by redaction. There is a possibility that it was just an oversight that it remained sealed. There may not be any protective order any longer that warrants its sealing or withholding under FOIA. But Attorney Kovakas is the expert and I have full confidence in his expertise and good faith. I especially have greatly appreciated his group’s efficiency in processing the depositions.

  3. DXer said

    DOJ has agreed in federal court litigation to produce additional documents relating to Zacarias Moussaoui no later than May 2014. Nothing will be produced relating to Jdey.

    Separately, chambers at the federal court hearing the various pending classified motions involving Ali Al-Timimi and Anwar Aulaqi, declines to give an estimate time of decision on the motions.

    Numerous issues and sub-issues in that matter are redacted as classified — but as Senator Leahy says, If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret.”

    FBI Agent Wade Ammerman was pursuing a hot lead in Amerithrax but has been forbidden from addressing the issue publicly.

    http://www.amerithrax.wordpress.com

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