FBI will not longer accept FOIA requests beginning 3/1

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Federal Bureau of Investigation – Freedom of Information Act

I recently read an article about the FBI’s decision to change up requests that are sent under the Freedom of Information Act. They are changing the way information can be obtained from them from email to a form fill starting 3/1/17.

Part of the form is that you now must include things like a physical address. That doesn’t shock me at all, what shocked me was the response to that. Some are in a bit of a tizzy over it which I cannot for some reason understand.

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FOIA gives the the right to obtain information from the Federal Government but it never said anywhere that I can or should remain anonymous. Some are actually asserting that because of the new reform it will make it harder or more difficult for people to request information from the FBI?!?!?!

I am sorry but I really think that argument needs validation because it is really bloody pathetic. If anyone wants information from the FBI under the FOIA they should let the FBI know who they are and where they are.

I just fail to see the argument altogether on this one. If you want transparency, so should you too, be just as transparent.

Would it not be the pot calling the kettle black if the FBI under the same token refrained from providing information because whomever was asking was hiding behind an email address and refused to honestly tell them who they are, where they can be found?

I mean the FBI freely publishes all of it’s office addresses online for everyone to see and visit if we felt the need. So if you want something from them why not include an address so they too can visit you?

Besides, businesses in the private industry have been doing this for years. They want more than just an email address from people who contact them.

So why is that we don’t seem to have a problem with handing information over to a business someone we know next nothing about?

You do not have to answer that, it was completely rhetorical.

The point is, the FBI has a right to know who is requesting information from them just as much as we have a right to know what they have in certain cases.

No one has a right to hide behind an email address.

I am for this change as long as they don’t give anything to NSA who has a habit of letting anything just walk out its front door via contracted employees.

Cristal M Clark

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US Federal Bureau of Investigation – gets sued

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Freedom of Information Act

Bring on the lawsuits

Last week it was announced that a prominent LA lawyer was suing the FBI seeking information on the warrant that led to its seizure of Anthony Weiner’s computer in the Hillary Clinton email case.

The famed lawyer happens to be L.A. based E. Randol Schoenberg, a former president of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, who was able to successfully reclaim Jewish owned art that was looted by the Nazis.

His interest in the case came about due to the timing of the announcement of the warrant, which happened to be just days away from the election.

Randol seems to think that maybe the FBI did not have probable cause and more importantly that, he suspects that someone working for Donald Trump may have provided a false lead to the FBI.

That accusation in and of itself is pretty serious.

On the other side of the fence we have Vice who announced today that they were suing the FBI for details into Trump, the Clintons and of course Breibart News.

Vice wants to learn more about the FBI’s disclosures, those bothersome behind the scenes deals and of the actions that they took throughout the Clinton email investigations, and those rather pesky leaks that came days before the election.

Vice would like for the FBI to release or be forced to release details that might help to clear up the FBI’s crucial role as well as the role of other agencies in what might possibly go down as one of the most controversial presidential elections in US history.

Some of what the Vice FOIA lawsuit is looking for the FBI to disclose seems to be pretty specific and straight forward:

The possibility of the FBI violating the Hatch Act by allegedly using its authority to influence the course of a Presidential election

Information about those leaks by the FBI to the media and political operatives with regards to FBI investigations of Hillary

Any and all itel pertaining to the FBI’s communications with Breibart news and it’s chairman Steve Bannon, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Fox News and it’s hosts Bret Baier and Sean Hannity, former NYC mayor and adviser to Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Republican strategist and Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone.

White nationalist Richard Spencer and his National Policy Institute and the so called “alt-right”

And finally, Vice would really like to know more about the FBI’s alleged internal discontent with regards to how the bureau handled the Hillary Clinton Investigations.

Judicial Watch did already start a lawsuit back in October seeking Videos of Depositions in Hillary Clinton Email Case.

Others are lining up to have FBI Director James Comey and the FBI investigated and sued. So this list, it’s might just grow.

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While it’s highly frowned upon, Director James Comey may have been influenced to handle things the way he did by others. Others that are higher up in the food chain than he is. 

He may also have had bad intel to work with too.

In the end the question really becomes:

Will the lawsuits prove fruitful or will they simply leave more questions than answers on the table?

President Obama, employes individuals that work at the pleasure of the president.

President Elect Donald Trump will have individuals working for him, that also work for the pleasure of the president.

The issues that we face are, one leader is leaving the oval office and so is his team while another stepping into the oval office, bringing his own team on board and both have differing agendas.

While some truths may come to light, others may never be known to anyone outside of certain circles regardless of who gets sued, particularly when one is suing the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Cristal M Clark

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