As part of our ongoing Government Accountability Project, we recently released our winter Quarterly Report providing some updates on our ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and litigation.
In this report, we address two key developments in our FOIA practice.
First, we discuss one of our FOIA requests issued to unearth evidence that the Obama State Department awarded U.S. taxpayer funds to an organization with known ties to and interactions with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Second, we detail new information uncovered in our FOIA request and subsequent lawsuit against the State Department that provides more evidence that the Clinton State Department colluded with the Clinton Foundation, including an email chain between Huma Abedin and senior Clinton Foundation employee Doug Band which the State Department FOIA office marked as classified only AFTER we filed our lawsuit in court requesting the document.
These FOIA requests are critical in providing for government oversight as well as exposing deeply rooted government corruption.
In response to media reports over the last two years of the ever-growing “Deep State” – an out-of-control, unelected, unaccountable bureaucracy – as well as holdover bureaucrats issuing grants and entering into contracts inconsistent with the will of the people, the ACLJ has utilized the FOIA to request documents and records from federal government agencies with the intent of then using that information to shed light on the ongoing government corruption and lawlessness. The ACLJ has issued over seventy FOIA requests to more than fifteen different agencies and their components.
Our work in this field continues.
In our report, we briefly identify some new FOIA requests. For example, recently, the ACLJ issued additional FOIA requests to two federal agencies seeking records that will call the Trump Administration’s attention to the use of certain contracts and grant funds (i.e., U.S. taxpayer dollars) to advance disturbing agendas. The first was sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) concerning a contract awarded to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) that “requires UCSF to obtain body parts from unborn babies to make at least two types of ‘humanized mice.’” The second was sent to the Department of Education in our effort to find out why government grant funds have been and are being awarded to implement Buddhist-based meditation programs on young school children – in many cases against their parents’ wishes.
In addition, the ACLJ recently issued state-level FOIA requests to New York and Virginia to shine light on who is behind both State’s alarming efforts to allow unrestricted abortion up through or even after birth – infanticide. State leaders advancing the radical abortion lobby’s agenda are funded by those activists’ campaign contributions, and those leaders must be held accountable. The people need to know just how beholden to the abortion lobby these politicians really are.
As these new FOIA requests proceed, the ACLJ will continue to provide updates both on our website and through our FOIA Quarterly Reports.
As we have said many times, Deep State corruption is extensive and federal agencies and departments have repeatedly refused to provide the requested information to the ACLJ. As a result, the ACLJ has had to file federal lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to compel compliance in nearly a dozen cases.
In October 2018, the ACLJ appealed an unfavorable ruling to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In fact, we just filed our opening brief in that appeal. In addition, the ACLJ is currently litigating seven FOIA lawsuits. To date, the ACLJ has been successful in obtaining documents in every single case – but not until we were willing to take the agencies to federal court. In fact, we have obtained nearly 18,000 pages of records, all but approximately 70 of which we obtained only after filing lawsuits.
As always, the ACLJ will continue to remain ever vigilant and carry out its obligation to hold those in government accountable for their actions and provide that information to the American people.
Join us as we continue to fight to expose deeply rooted corruption within the government bureaucracy.
You can download a copy of our latest FOIA Quarterly Report here.
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