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Govt. Takes Nearly 15 Years to Respond to JW Record Request

Highlighting the failures of public-record laws designed to keep government accountable, it took a federal agency nearly fifteen years to respond to a request filed by Judicial Watch for information concerning Osama bin Laden. The material may seem irrelevant now because the infamous Al Qaeda founder is dead, but the…

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IRS, State Department balk at transparency

Throughout President Barack Obama’s supposed “most transparent administration in history,” we’ve been reminded time and time again just how hostile the federal government can be to transparency, particularly when partisan political considerations are at play … .

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Judicial Watch Statement in Response to Federal Court Reopening Lawsuit Seeking Information on Top Clinton Aide Huma Abedin

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today’s decision by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to reopen a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that sought records about Huma Abedin, the former Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State…

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The Obama Administration’s Newly Political Approach to FOIAs

Despite promising to be the most transparent administration ever, the Obama administration has complicated the FOIA process, making it more difficult for journalists to get information from the government. One way they have done so is the use of the “sensitive review process,” in which political appointees review requested documents for release, in

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JW Wants Action on Clinton Emails

Judicial Watch Sues John Kerry to Force Action on Clinton Email Scandal Another Benghazi Breakthrough Judicial Watch Goes to Congress Judicial Watch Sues John Kerry to Force Action on Clinton Email Scandal Secretary of State John Kerry, as has been the pattern generally for the Obama administration, is in cover-up…

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The Transparency Crisis in Washington

Yesterday, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton testified before a House Government Oversight Committee hearing on the Freedom of Information Act, warning the panel that there is a “transparency crisis” in Washington. “Never in our history,” Tom noted, “has so much money been spent with so little accountability.” On Benghazi, the…

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Rep. Chaffetz talks TSA, FOIA problems

Representative Jason Chaffetz talks about what can be done to increase FOIA transparency in our federal government. Also, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton presented testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on this very subject.

PRESS RELEASE

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton to Testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch has announced that its president, Tom Fitton, will provide testimony on June 2 before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing entitled “Ensuring Transparency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).”  The committee is chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).  The hearing…

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House Panel Meets The Press In Probe Of FOIA Woes

Judicial Watch will be involved in a special hearing on the Hill June 2 highlighting how the Obama administration has stonewalled legitimate FOIA requests and in doing so, has withheld information from the American public to which they are entitled.

PRESS RELEASE

Judicial Watch: Federal Court Reopens State Department FOIA Lawsuit Because of “Newly Discovered Evidence” of Clinton Records

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that a U.S. District Court reopened a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking documents regarding the State Department’s production and dissemination of an advertisement intended to air in Pakistan entitled “A Message from the President of the United States Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary…

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JW Makes History

Judicial Watch Files Seven Lawsuits to Expose Clinton Email Scandal Skiing and Politicking on the Taxpayer Dime Are Courts Above the Law? Judicial Watch Files Seven Lawsuits to Expose Clinton Email Scandal Two months ago, on March 2, 2015, The New York Times reported then-Secretary Clinton used at least one…

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Judicial Watch: Air Force Records Reveal $17,025 in Transportation Expenses for VP Biden September 2014 New Hampshire Political Trip on Behalf of Democrat Candidates

Vice President’s three-hour round-trip flight “to boost Democrats heading into election season” cost taxpayers $5,675 an hour (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained records from the Department of the Air Force revealing that Vice President Joe Biden’s September 3, 2014, trip to the Portsmouth, NH, Naval Shipyard, where…

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Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit on behalf of WND to Obtain Documents Regarding Fatal 2013 Shooting of Miriam Carey Outside U.S. Capitol

Alleges Department of Justice Causing “Irreparable Harm” by Stonewalling (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced it has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of WorldNetDaily.com to obtain the release of documents regarding the October 2013 shooting of Miriam Carey by Secret Service agents and…

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Judicial Watch Represents D.C. Taxpayer Seeking To Prevent D.C. Government from Illegally Spending Taxpayer Money

Files Motion to Intervene in Federal Appellate Court after D.C. Mayor Decides Not to Defend Federal District Court Ruling (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced that it has filed a Motion to Intervene on behalf of Clarice Feldman, a longtime taxpayer and resident of the District of Columbia. The legal action…

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State Department cites ‘crushing’ burden from Freedom of Information Act

The State Department has complained that it is facing increased numbers of FOIA requests and lawsuits. In the same piece, Judicial Watch is recognized for having been responsible for bringing to light key documents regarding ethics investigations into the Clintons.

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Virginia State Bar now hero of anti-Israel movement

In March, the Virginia State Bar, the state’s licensing agency, abruptly cancelled a planned mid-year seminar in Israel when several members of the organization complained to the VSB Council. Judicial Watch recently filed a FOIA request to find out what was behind the sudden cancellation.

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Judicial Watch and Legal Insurrection Blog Team to Investigate Virginia State Bar’s Controversial Cancellation of Israel Trip, Demand Documents from Taxpayer-Funded Agency Under Virginia Freedom of Information Act

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that it has sent a Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all records of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) about the sudden cancellation of the VSB’s long-planned Mid-Year Legal Seminar scheduled for November 15 in Israel.  Filing the request on behalf of William A.…

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Feds claim Obamacare taking a toll on government transparency

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Where’s the sunshine? Obama’s eclipse

Last week, the White House announced it will delete FOIA regulations pertaining to its Office of Administration, which archives emails and performs administrative tasks. It cited a 2009 appeals court ruling that exempted its office from FOIA regulations to explain its decision. This change in policy also coincided with Sunshine Week, which seeks…

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The FBI and CIA: What’s a FOIA?

Of all federal agencies, the FBI and CIA are least likely to respond to FOIA requests. In fact, Judicial Watch has filed hundreds of FOIA requests with these agencies but few have been answered. One FOIA request Judicial Watch filed with the FBI about U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy resulted in the release of 900 pages,…


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