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


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.”



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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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