12 October 25 2006 TANZANIA Meeting Summary
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The International Program Tanzania October 25, 2006 Guests: Tanzania Delegation The delegation Tanzanian officials included the Deputy Minister and Ministers State the Presidents Office Public Service Management and the Prime Ministers Office Parliamentary Affairs, well Secretary and Speechwriter the Minister State the Presidents Office Public Service Management. The delegation was hosted Kilimanjaro International, firm with offices New York, Rwanda, and Tanzania, which provides high quality technical assistance government ministries, departments and agencies that seek build institutional and people capacity manage public sector transformation and private sector development. The stated program objective was create diverse range experience sharing sessions for the Tanzanian visitors with experts from various organizations provide opportunities for media training. The Tanzanian ministers were interested learning about Judicial Watchs mission and its interaction with the media. Chris Farrell, Judicial Watchs director research and investigations, met with the delegation. commenced the meeting encouraging the visitors unabashed asking questions. assured them that all questions concerning Judicial Watchs operation and mission were more than welcome. The Tanzanian ministers were informed that Judicial Watch was founded help counter arrogant judges who were known operating outside the bounds their authority. The Freedom Information Act (FOIA)a federal law designed make government agencies responsive the electorate providing access government documentswas the tool that made Judicial Watchs mission possible. The International Program Tanzania Mr. Farrell provided the Tanzanian ministers with the following insiders perspective regarding several high-profile cases litigated Judicial Watch over the yearscases which received extensive media coverage. The first case which put Judicial Watch the public eye was the litigation filed against Clintons Commerce Department 1994a case, but for its veracity, could have been taken right out John Clancy spy novel. Mr. Farrell provided the Tanzanians with remarkable insiders account Judicial Watch U.S. Department Commerce (four different actions) infamously known The Chinagate scandal. JWs investigation into the sale seats taxpayer funded trade missions led them investigation John Huanga former Indonesian Lippo Group employee, DNC fundraiser, and longtime acquaintance Bill and Hillary Clinton during their years Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Huangs meteoric rise the rank Deputy Assistant Secretary Economic Affairs Commerce during Clintons first presidential term marked the beginning story high drama, beginning with Judicial Watchs discovery through Commerce Department documents (released through FOIA) John Huangs connection high ranking communist Chinese officials and their visits the Clinton White House. Then there was the discovery bags cashillegal foreign campaign contributions the DNCfollowed John Huangs flight and overnight stay the Embassy the Peoples Republic China avoid service JWs deposition subpoena. Although eventually succeeded producing John Huang for deposition five different occasions, information was not forthcoming. invoked the Fifth Amendment over 2,000 times his depositions. illustrate Judicial Watchs even-handed approach, Mr. Farrell then provided his insiders perspective another high-profile case, Judicial Watch, Inc. National Energy Policy Development Group. This time Judicial Watch was litigating against Republican controlled White Housethe Bush Administrationaccused being one the most secret presidential administrations recent history. Mr. Farrell plainly noted the intellectual dishonesty this administration its attempt put together Hillary-style task force (closed door meetings with private individuals) executive fiat, otherwise known unitary executive authority, effectively placing the executive branch at the top the law. Judicial Watch filed FOIA request ascertain the The International Program Tanzania names the individuals attending Vice President Cheneys Task Force meetings, having learned through media reports that private individuals were participating violation federal open meetings law (FACA)the same law that successfully derailed Hillarys Health Care Task Force. confirm the Vice Presidents claims that private individuals (top-level energy officials) were not members the task force, Judicial Watch requested that federal appeals court judge review task force meeting documents in camera confirm the Vice Presidents stated claim. The administration simply refused comply. Judicial Watch filed suit force compliance with the open meetings law, which made its way through several appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, banc panel the Court Appeals and back again federal court search remedy against imperious and secretive Republican Administration. And throughout the Commerce Department and Cheney Energy Task Force cases, there was significant media coveragenationally and internationallyby major news media groups. Elected and appointed officials were held accountable the court public opinion for unethical and questionable practices while holding public trust. Mr. Farrell concluded the meeting with the Tanzanian ministers reaffirming the intrinsic value the media meeting Judicial Watchs mission objectives: promote ethics and accountability government, politics, and the law. The media has served invaluable conduit the public-at-large reporting information uncovered Judicial Watch through the exercise open records and open meetings lawslaws designed keep government open and accountable the people serves.