Last Updated: June 17, 2013
Judicial Watch on May 25, 2012 launched an investigation into the military’s response to sequestration, which entailed 600 billion dollars of automatic spending cuts to the Pentagon budget slated to take effect in January 2013. Judicial Watch’s investigation was prompted by a report in the Washington Times that military planners had been ordered not to develop a contingency strategy for operating in the event sequestration took place in order to force Congress into repealing the budget-balancing measure. The Washington Times further reported that, despite an order not to make sequestration plans, the military had formed secret cells to plan covertly for such a contingency.
In support of its investigation, Judicial Watch filed public records requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, with the Offices of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Inspector General (DOD-IG), as well as the Departments of Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Joint Chiefs seeking:
All communications from January 1, 2012 through the date of the request respecting sequestration, including whether to develop contingency plans at all and, if so, to do so covertly.
The deadline for responding was June 25, 2012. No agency timely complied with the law governing this transaction. OSD produced 10 pages’ worth of responsive documents consisting entirely of congressional correspondence.
As for the rest:
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