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Robert F Kennedy was assassinated by Thane Eugene Cesar, declares RFK Jr, who says it was the security guard who fatally shot his father from behind after planning the murder with Sirhan Sirhan

* Robert F Kennedy Jr is accusing Thane Eugene Cesar of murdering his father, claiming he fatally shot the presidential hopeful from behind in 1968
* He believes that Cesar was working with Sirhan Sirhan and guided Kennedy towards the Palestinian-born gunman while working security that night
* RFK Jr said Sirhan fired once in Kennedy's direction and then into the crowd, while Cesar then the fatal bullet as the senator from NY fell to the floor 
* There are others who believe there were two gunmen that night, a theory that was bolstered when the coroner determined Kennedy was shot from behind 
* RFK Jr made this claim just hours after Cesar passed away in the Philippines, where he moved shortly after the assassination, and called for a new probe  
* 'The LAPD unit that investigated my dad’s assassination was run by active CIA operatives. They destroyed thousands o

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https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-archives-surveillance-nypd-20191125-j4rwgpd4uvfqnoegnj4hnnhn6u-story.html

 

NYC releases police surveillance archives from 60s and 70s

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By LEONARD GREENE

 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |

NOV 24, 2019 | 4:41 PM

 

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2019/11/25/arrested-teens-three-men-are-expected-be-exonerated-after-years-behind-bars-wrongful-murder-conviction/

 

Arrested as teens, three men exonerated after 36 years behind bars for wrongful murder conviction

Baltimore prosecutor’s Conviction Integrity Unit finds men are innocent in 1983 slaying of 14-year-old, shot in school hallway for his jacket

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/25/2019

Keystone XL: police discussed stopping anti-pipeline activists 'by any means'

Sam Levin, Willi Parish, The Guardian 

Doctors tell UK authorities Julian Assange 'could die' in jail

Staff, Al Jazeera

States Push Back Against ICE Courthouse Arrests

Douglas Keith, Brennan Center for Justice

Remembering the Battle for Seattle: Organizers Launch Project to Reflect on 20 Years of Lessons

David Solnit, Stephanie Guilloud, Common Dreams

 

 

 

 

November 22, 2019

Ann Hendricks, Secretary 9/11 Monthly Teleconference Call

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Draft minutes for the October 30, 2019 regular conference call.

 

Present were:

Cheryl Curtiss, Teleconference co-facilitator, Connecticut 9/11 Truth

Craig McKee, Teleconference co-facilitator, Truth and Shadows

Ann Hendricks, Teleconference secretary

Peter Michael Ketcham, formerly of NIST

John O’Malley, DC911Truth

Cheri Aspen, San Diego 9/11 Truth

James Hufferd, 9/11 Grassroots

Fern Tishman

Lynn Bradbury, Maine 9/11Truth

Michael Cook, AE911Truth

Christopher Bollyn, Solving 9/11

Christopher Gioia, commisioner, Franklin Square and Munson Fire District

Nita Renfrew, New York 911Truth

Bonnie Faulkner, Guns and Butter

Charles Ewing Smith, The Demolition of Truth

 

The minutes of the September 25, 2019 conference call were APPROVED.

 

Jeffrey Epstein and 9/11

Christopher Bollyn presented on Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to Leslie Wexner, Ehud Barak, and Michael Chertoff and about the dissolution of the Iraqi and Syrian states and their military power. He also spoke about the lack of political will to investigate the 9/11 crimes. “We see that the Department of Justice is completely controlled and unable to do an investigation of the government, of itself, or of the crime that changed America. The media, the universities, and the churches have not investigated 9/11. All the institutions that we believe in in our democratic society, somehow being responsible for standing for the truth, have failed us.” Christopher’s new book, Solving 9-11 The Original Articles Vol. ll is available at http://www.bollyn.com. His recent articles are:                                  The Turkish Invasion of Kurdish-Occupied Syria    (https://www.bollyn.com/#article_16281) and The Epstein Connection to 9/11 (https://www.bollyn.com/#article_16267).

 

Franklin Square and Munson resolution moving ahead

Christopher Gioia told of plans to get other fire departments in New York behind the Franklin Square and Munson Fire Department Resolution, and behind the Grand Jury investigation. He and his fellow commissioners are taking their initiative across the country and seeking the support of every fire department or district to support the Grand Jury Petition. 

“What happened on 9/11 was evil incarnate; it was just tremendous evil that was perpetrated on our country and on our people… That is something we have to fight. I’m not going to stop until justice is done for the people who were murdered.” Christopher said it is critical to keep the pressure and the spotlight on the court to act. He urged everyone to contact U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman and inquire about the status of the Grand Jury investigation.  The address is:   Southern District Court of New York, 1 St. Andrew’s Plaza, New York City, NY  10007 (or call: 212-637-2200https://www.ae911truth.org/news/540-new-york-area-fire-commissioners-make-history-call-for-new-9-11-investigation

https://www.ae911truth.org/news/541-seeking-justice-for-9-11-heroes-an-interview-with-new-york-area-fire-commissioner-christopher-gioia

https://commonground.ca/explosives-used-on-9-11-say-commissioners/

 

Announcements and discussion

1Cheryl Curtiss said the next teleconference call will be Wednesday, December 4. She also spoke about Max Blumenthal’s arrest, and said updates are posted on https://thegrayzone.com

2Craig McKee asked for suggestions on how to transfer the archive of the 9/11 List Serve emails to another location, because Yahoo Groups will no longer maintain this older content as of December 14. 

3Lynn Bradbury said it would be a good idea to exchange email or postal addresses with each other.

4Nita Renfrew spoke of attending Robert Kennedy Jr.’s presentation on vaccine issues, at which his mic was pulled and the venue immediately closed. He continued his talk outside on the sidewalk. His organization is Children’s Health Defense.

The call began at 8 p.m. EST and adjourned at 9:51 p.m., PST/5 p.m. to 6:51 p.m. PST. Audio of the October call can be heard here:

 http://truthandshadows.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/103019.mp3

The next monthly teleconference will take place on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 8 p.m. EST5 p.m. PST. Agenda items should be emailed to facilitator Cheryl Curtiss (chercurt@aol.com) no later than one week before the call. Please use subject line “Agenda item for 911 Truth Teleconference.” Please include a brief description of your item and any relevant links you’d like participants to be aware of, together with your estimate of the number of minutes your agenda item will require. If you would like to join the teleconference list serve, contact Craig McKee (craigmckee911@gmail.com), and anyone who would like information such as links included in the minutes should email Ann Hendricks (hendricks_ann@yahoo.com)

 

 

 

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/11/25/detroit-police-sergeant-suspended-response-fatal-shooting-cop/4302811002/

 

 

 

Detroit police sergeant suspended for response to fatal shooting of cop

 

George Hunter, The Detroit News Published 5:42 p.m. ET Nov. 25, 2019 | Updated 7:32 p.m. ET Nov. 25, 2019

 

 

 

https://www.theroot.com/jury-convicts-white-cop-for-killing-unarmed-black-man-1840036509

 

Jury Convicts White Cop for Killing Unarmed Black Man

 

 

 

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/11/25/closing-arguments-in-federal-trial-of-st-paul-police-officer-charged-with-excessive-force

 

Jury gets the case in federal trial of St. Paul cop charged with excessive force

Brandt WilliamsSt. Paul November 25, 2019 7:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-cop-gets-18-months-in-prison-in-crash-data-for-bribes-case/5718600/

 

Chicago cop gets 18 months in prison for taking bribes to leak names to attorney service

 

 

 

https://monthlyreview.org/2019/10/01/a-duel-of-dreams/

 

A Duel of Dreams

by Linda Backiel

(Oct 01, 2019)

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Linda Backiel is a criminal defense attorney living in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Naomi Klein, The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2018), 96 pages, $9.95, paperback.

Naomi Klein travels the world documenting how capitalism feeds on the carrion of societies devastated by disaster. In January 2018, after two hurricanes destroyed much of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, she participated in a forum at the University of Puerto Rico on disaster capitalism.1This phenomenon moves fast, but takes a long-range view, she warns.

But because she was here on the ground, navigating darkened roads blocked by mudslides, she also witnessed the will and creative spirit of the Puerto Rican people. After peering down on an island gone dark from an oasis of solar-generated light at Casa Pueblo in Adjuntas, Klein attended a gathering of dozens of organizations in Humacao—where María struck land with winds of 135 miles an hour. In response, they had created community kitchens, community power grids, community wells, and just plain community. One participant expressed the Puerto Rican response to the recent devastation as “a level of resistance and support that I didn’t imagine was going to be possible.”2

In fact, much of The Battle for Paradise describes how grassroots organizations—some decades old, some newly sprung from the debris—

 

 

 

 

 

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/11/jacob-hornberger/the-kennedy-autopsy-2/

 

The Kennedy Autopsy 2

By Jacob G. Hornberger

The Future of Freedom Foundation

November 23, 2019

Fifty-six years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was shot dead on the streets of Dallas, Texas. The official story is that a lone nut named Lee Harvey Oswald, without any motive, committed the assassination. During the past several decades, however, the overwhelming amount of circumstantial evidence, much of which was intentionally kept secret, points to a national-security regime-change operation to oust Kennedy from office and elevate Vice President Lyndon Johnson to the presidency.

A key to understanding the assassination lies in a critically important event that occurred after the assassination. That event was the official autopsy that was conducted on the president’s body. By understanding the autopsy, one can gain a better understanding of the assassination itself.

That was the purpose of my best-selling book several years ago, The Kennedy Autopsywhich was a synopsis of a watershed five-volume assassination book entitled Inside the Assassination Records Review Board by Douglas P. Horne, who was a staff member of the ARRB in the 80’s

The ARRB was the agency that Congress called into existence to enforce the President John F. Kennedy Records Collection Act of 1992, the law that required the CIA, the Pentagon, the Secret Service, and other federal agencies to disclose assassination-related records that such agencies had insisted on keeping secret since the day of the assassination. The law was enacted in response to the public outcry produced by Oliver Stone’s movie JFK, which posited that the assassination was a national-security regime-change operation carried out by the U.S. national-security establishment. At the end of the movie was a blurb pointing out the national-security establishment’s continued secrecy with respect to its assassination-related records.

The Future of Freedom Foundation recently published my new book The Kennedy Autopsy 2: Lyndon Johnson’s Role in the Assassination, which builds on the mountain of circumstantial evidence surrounding the president’s autopsy supporting the thesis developed by Oliver Stone in his movie and by Douglas Horne in his five-volume book. Specifically, my new book documents the circumstantial evidence pointing to the role that Lyndon Johnson played in the assassination.

Now, before anyone cries “Conspiracy theory!” which is the term that the CIA promoted early on to its assets in the mainstream press to dissuade people from questioning the official version of the assassination, consider the following:

The purpose of an autopsy is to determine the cause of death, which includes a determination of where the bullets were fired from. Since this was a state murder case, Texas law required that an autopsy be conducted on President Kennedy’s body. That duty fell to the Dallas County Medical Examiner, Dr. Earl Rose, who was one of the most competent pathologists in the country.

As soon as Kennedy was declared dead, however, a Secret Service team had the president’s body placed in an expensive, ornate casket and began taking it out of Parkland Hospital. Rose refused to permit them to do that, standing in their way, and declaring that he was required by state law to conduct an autopsy on the president’s body. In loud, screaming voices, the Secret Service team made it clear to Rose that they were operating under orders to take the body back to Washington without permitting Rose to conduct his autopsy. When Rose continued standing his ground, the Secret Service agents pulled back their suit jackets and brandished their guns. Screaming, yelling, and issuing a stream of profanities, they forced their way out of Parkland Hospital with Kennedy’s body, in direct violation of Texas law.

Waiting at Love Field was Lyndon Johnson, who was having seats removed from the back of Air Force One to make room for the casket. That meant that he knew that the casket was coming, which is virtually conclu

 

 

 

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/11/no_author/the-pitfalls-of-a-pit-bull-russophobe/

 

The Pitfalls of a Pit Bull Russophobe

 

 

 

By Ray McGovern 

Consortiumnews.com

November 25, 2019

 

Like so many other glib “Russia experts” with access to Establishment media, Fiona Hill, who testified Thursday in the impeachment probe, seems three decades out of date. 

Fiona Hill’s “Russian-expert” testimony Thursday and her deposition on Oct. 14 to the impeachment inquiry showed that her antennae are acutely tuned to what Russian intelligence services may be up to but, sadly, also displayed a striking naiveté about the machinations of U.S. intelligence.

Hill’s education on Russia came at the knee of the late Professor Richard Pipes, her Harvard mentor and archdeacon of Russophobia. I do not dispute her sincerity in attributing all manner of evil to what President Ronald Reagan called the “Evil Empire.”  But, like so many other glib “Russia experts” with access to Establishment media, she seems three decades out of date.

I have been studying the U.S.S.R. and Russia for twice as long as Hill, was chief of CIA’s Soviet Foreign Policy Branch during the 1970s, and watched the “Evil Empire” fall apart.  She seems to have missed the falling apart part.

Selective Suspicion

Are the Russian intelligence services still very active? Of course. But 

 

 

 

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/01/roger-stone/the-sordid-history-of-fbi-harassment/

 

The Sordid History of the FBI's Harassment of Martin Luther King Jr., at the Direction of J. Edgar Hoover — and the Pleasure of Lyndon B. Johnson

By Roger Stone and Phillip F. Nelson

January 22,2015

Amidst all the brouhaha related to the allegedly “false” portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson in the movie Selma caused by the LBJ Library’s director, Mark Updegrove, it is noteworthy to call to the public’s attention how the “LBJ defenders” have attempted to absolve President Johnson from involvement with that sordid chapter in American history.  Updegrove’s article was quickly followed by one from Joseph Califano, printed in the Washington Post, that even claimed the Selma march was Lyndon Johnson’s idea.  All of it was quite opposite of the truth, and no amount of “LBJ revisionism” will make it fact.

From the time that Martin Luther King Jr.’s name came to national prominence in December, 1955, J. Edgar Hoover began monitoring his activities, even as King and his closest associates mistakenly presumed, according to Andrew Young, that “we thought of the FBI as our friends, the only hope we had.”[1]   By 1959, Hoover had decided, on his own and without higher authorization, to order his agents to burglarize the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) offices to obtain personal information about Dr. King and install telephone wire taps as well as “bugs” to record non-telephonic conversations and assorted other

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noises.  This brazenly illegal activity, of which there were many other cases in addition to King’s, continued into the Kennedy administration.  By 1961, the freedom rides that had begun that year revealed which side the FBI was really on, and it was not King’s.  Attorney General Robert Kennedy had attempted to bring the wiretapping under control, however by that time the SCLC and King had begun fighting back, culminating in a special report attacking the FBI on January 8, 1962.  By then, the FBI had obtained evidence that two people in King’s entourage, Stanley Levison and Jack O’Dell, had ties to the American Communist Party, making it difficult for the Kennedys to cooperate with King until that issue was dealt with or, conversely, for them to end the surveillance under the continuing pressure wielded by Hoover.[2]

During the five years of Hoover’s sleuthing before JFK was sworn in, Hoover had become obsessed with destroying King, and in 1961 he called on his Special Agents in Charge (SACs) of his field offices to cull their files for all the “subversive” information they could gather and send it to the “SOG” (as he called himself, the “Seat of Government”).  Hoover’s assistant, Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, was put in charge of compiling this assortment of innuendo, half-truths and whole lies, sprinkled with sufficient “facts” to make it salable.[3]  By October, 1963, six weeks before JFK’s assassination, Robert F. Kennedy, under pressure from Hoover,

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https://thefederalist.com/2019/11/25/blockbusters-buried-in-the-ig-report-on-fbi-misuse-of-confidential-sources/

 

Blockbusters Buried In The IG Report On FBI Misuse Of Confidential Sources

The media has ignored several significant revelations detailed in the FBI report Inspector General Michael Horowitz released last week.

 

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By Margot Cleveland

NOVEMBER 25, 2019

 

Last week, the leaks began in anticipation of the expected early-December release of the inspector general report on the propriety of the Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) surveillance order. CNN broke news on Thursday that “a former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document” related to the 2016 FISA applications.

The press and public are understandably consumed with this news—which is huge if true—but while speculating on that forthcoming report, the media has ignored several significant revelations already detailed in the report Inspector General Michael Horowitz released last week.

 

That report, issued on Tuesday, summarized the results of the inspector general’s audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Confidential Human Source (CHS) validation processes. While the media reported the main takeaways summarized in the IG’s press release—that the FBI did not comply with attorney general guidelines and that the current process for validating these sources lacked adequate controls—there were four potential blockbusters buried in the 63-page report.

Burying Evidence to Keep It from the Courts

The most startling revelation in the audit concerned how the FBI handles problems with a CHS’s credibility or accuracy. The report first noted that “validation documents relevant to the credibility of a CHS may be discoverable in judicial proceedings,” explaining that:

Discovery in criminal cases is controlled by case law and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. For example, information in the validation report which refers to the CHS’s motivation or vulnerabilities may be discoverable pursuant to Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963) or Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972). ‘Brady’ refers to information known to the government that is material to a criminal case and could tend to exculpate the defendant. ‘Giglio’ refers to information that could be used to impeach a witness for the prosecution.

Then the IG detailed that its investigation revealed several troubling steps the FBI took to avoid the mandates of Brady and Giglio.

We were told by multiple Intelligence Analysts that they received guidance to only state the facts and not to conduct analysis, report conclusions, and make recommendations in the Significant Source Review Panel validation reports. For example, one Intelligence Analyst told us that he was permitted to recommend a CHS receive a polygraph or operational test to the handling agent by phone but not permitted to document the recommendation in the CHS’s validation report. Additionally, multiple FBI officials told us that they believe that field offices do not want negative information documented in a CHS file due to criminal discovery concerns and concerns about the CHS’s ability to testify. For example, one FBI official told us that some U.S. Attorney’s offices will not use a CHS at trial if there is negative documentation in the CHS’s file.

These admissions should outrage Americans: The FBI is intentionally failing to document confidential sources’ credibility and reliability problems so defense attorneys do not learn of them! Or, as the IG report concluded, “by withholding potentially critical information from validation reports, the FBI runs the risks that (1) prosecutors may not have complete and reliable information when a CHS serves as a witness and, thus, may have difficulties complying with their discovery obligations.”

 

Leslie McAdoo Gordon, a D.C.-based criminal defense attorney and principal at McAdoo Gordon and Associates, branded the FBI’s failure to document issues in a CHS’s validation report a form of evidence tampering. “This ‘what they don’t know won’t hurt them’ attitude is cultural,” McAdoo Gordon told The Federalist. “Like all cultural problems, this is caused by a failure of leadership.”

McAdoo Gordon added that “the integrity of our criminal justice system is seriously damaged when investigations are grounded on information that is biased or dishonest and those problems, moreover, are hidden from the defendant’s advocate and the court.” Unfortunately, there is nothing a defense counsel can do, McAdoo Gordon noted, because they don’t know it’s happening.

Affects Future Knowledge of New FBI Agents

Moreover, as the report makes clear, the failure to document a CHS’s credibility or reliability problems also has future ramifications “because handling agents change and new handling agents can only know the risks if they are documented.” This lack of documentation may also deprive future handling agents “of relevant information about the CHS that could not only jeopardize an investigation

 

 

 

 

 

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November 22, 2019

This week’s FOIA round-up: FOIA finds a foe in AG Barr, Illinois schoolchildren punished with isolation, and Earthjustice reveals toxic DHS plans for migrants

Also: A Portland judge puts a stop to steep FOIA fees, and it’s time to nominate your cRAzY FOIA story for EFF’s Foilies!

Written by Joseph Ratliff

Edited by Beryl Lipton

Read a great FOIA-based news story we should highlight? Let us know and maybe we can include it in our next round-up! Send it over via email, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

AG Barr goes after FOIA

US Attorney General William Barr had some things to say about FOIA last Friday:

The costs of this constant harassment are real. For example, we all understand that confidential communications and a private, internal deliberative process are essential for all of our branches of government to properly function. Congress and the Judiciary know this well, as both have taken great pains to shield their own internal communications from public inspection.

There is no FOIA for Congress or the Courts. Yet Congress has happily created a regime that allows the public to seek whatever documents it wants from the executive branch at the same time that individual congressional committees spend their days trying to publicize the executive’s internal decisional process. That process cannot function properly if it is public, nor is it productive to have our government devoting enormous resources to squabbling about what becomes public and when, rather than doing the work of the people.

The comments were made at a talk given for the conservative activist group The Federalist Society. The talk drew criticism from politicians and journalists alike, including former White House ethics counsel Richard Painter and Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ).

Read more from Colin Kalmbacher at Law and Crime here.

Portland FOIA fees

The City of Portland, Oregon must stop “overcharging members of the public for routine requests for city emails or documents,” according to a Monday ruling by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Shelly Russell.

The ruling comes out of a civil lawsuit originally filed in September 2018 in response to the city charging over $200 for the release of records. The original request, filed by affordable housing advocate Alan Kessler, sought emails involving a member of the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission. At first, the city denied the request, but Kessler successfully appealed to the Multnomah County District Attorney, at which point the city came up with the steep bill.

The reasoning behind the court’s ruling was that the city “did not meet its burden to show that the fees charged to [the] plaintiff were reasonably calculated.” Furthermore, it ruled that the city’s method for calculating these costs was not “reasonably calculated,” either. Finally, the court ruled that Kessler was entitled to attorney’s fees.

Read more from Alex Zielinski at Portland Mercury here.

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Illinois schools punish children with solitary confinement

An investigation by ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune used public records from over 100 school districts to uncover that Illinois students had been subjected to “isolated timeouts”—periods of being shut away in small, padded rooms—more than 20,000 times, often in violation of the law.

Legally, “isolated timeouts” are appropriate “if the students pose a safety threat to themselves or others.” However, as Propublica reports:

>Children were sent to isolation after refusing to do classwork, for swearing, for spilling milk, for throwing Legos. School employees use isolated timeout for convenience, out of frustration or as punishment, sometimes referring to it as “serving time.”

Fortunately, teachers are required to make a detailed record of every time this tactic is used, and these records provided the backbone of the investigation. Unfortunately, no one is required to read these records, making the process functionally opaque.

Experts cited by ProPublica argue that the practice of “isolated timeouts” has no therapeutic or educational value” and that “it can traumatize children.” The report includes many examples of the trauma children endured. In one case, one child who filled out a “debrief” after being isolated wrote:

“I need help.” “Not to die.”

As a result of this investigation, Illinois lawmakers are taking action. The Illinois State Board of Education moved to take “emergency action” to stop the practice of isolated timeouts. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker called the practice “appalling” and promised to work towards changing the law allowing it.

Read about the investigation from Jennifer Smith RichardsJodi S. Cohen, and Lakeidra Chavis at ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune here.

Toxic Cages for Migrant Families

On Thursday, Earthjustice and its partners released hundreds of federal government documents pertaining to construction proposals for a migrant family detention facility at Fort Bliss in Texas.

While the construction plans have stalled, the site was intended to house 1,000 unaccompanied minors, with a potential increase to 7,500 by August 2018.

Of particular concern to Earthjustice and partners was the fact that the site was known to be “riddled with toxic hazards from past military operations, spills, storage of toxic chemicals, unexploded ordnances, and firing ranges.” Furthermore, according to Earthjustice, the documents show that the Army and Department of Homeland Security rushed plans for the facility without ensuring that the site was free of toxic hazards.

Earthjustice has made the documents, the results of seven FOIA requests, freely available and searchable on their website, along with two “key expert documents,” hosted on DocumentCloud.

You can view the documents here, and read more from Earthjustice here.

EFF’s Foilies Nominations

On a lighter note, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is now accepting nominations for The Follies, its annual awards for “outrageous, ridiculous, and infuriating responses to public records requests.” These may include “exorbitant fees, excessive redactions, or even the arrest of reporters for simply asking for documents.”

The EFF publishes The Foilies each year during Sunshine Week. Last year’s winners included everything from a San Jose lawsuit over a policy protecting Google contracts to a scanned image of a CD instead of, you know, the actual information on the CD.

You can submit your crazy FOIA stories to foilies@eff.org. The deadline to submit is January 1st in the year 2020, an actual year that will really exist in just one month!

Read more about The Foilies from Dave Maass at the Electronic Frontier Foundation here.

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