27 January 27 2010 FRANCE Meeting Summary
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The International Program France meeting with Judicial Watch was requested the Academy for Educational Development, under the auspices the Department States International Visitor Leadership Program. Judicial Watchs Director Investigations and Research, Chris Farrell, met with the French delegates January 27, 2010, its headquarters Washington, DC. The U.S. Department States country profile reports that relations between the United States and France are active and friendly, and France remains close partner with the U.S. the war terror. The State Departments project for France, Counterterrorism and the U.S. Justice System, set forth, part, the following objectives: Examine the principal institutions and actors involved the U.S. criminal justice system the federal, state, and local levels; and Understand the roles and working relationships among judges, prosecutors, and law enforcement agencies, particularly the investigative process. Mr. Farrell was asked discuss current programs Judicial Watch regarding National Security and Terrorism. provide framework for Judicial Watchs role vis--vis national security, Mr. Farrell provided brief overview Judicial Watchs mission and philosophy, with emphasis its strategic goal place principle over politics combating corruption government. informed the delegates that the primary tools employed Judicial Watch are federal, state, and local open records and open meetings laws. They are, said, the key transparency and accountability, and they carry with them the full force the law. Mr. Farrell noted that the Freedom Information Act (FOIA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA)were the open records laws most The International Program -France frequently employed Judicial Watch obtain records from federal agencies the U.S. government. The visiting delegates were involved legal and prosecutorial efforts related counterterrorism and extradition matters France and were interested learning about Judicial Watchs involvement similar matters the United States. Mr. Farrell advised the delegates that Judicial Watchs role was more often the form representation and protection individuals holding positions high government office, who had attempted sound alarm within agency regarding national security failures report gross waste, fraud, and abuse. Instead honoring rewarding their efforts, these individuals were subjected retaliation, demotion, and dismissal effort prevent embarrassing revelations. Judicial Watch believes one the fundamental roles government defend and protect. When the duty protect its citizens from terrorist threats home abroad has been compromised, Judicial Watch tenaciously pursues government accountability national security issues. example, Mr. Farrell discussed the lawsuit Judicial Watch filed behalf Special Agent Robert Wright, who was suspended from the FBI retaliatory effort prevent information uncovered him from becoming public (Robert Wright the Federal Bureau Investigation). Mr. Wright had sought, through appropriate channels, expose incompetence and corruption within the FBI that led the death innocent Americans. investigation code named Vulgar Betrayal, had uncovered money laundering operations U.S.-based Islamic charities, who were funneling money the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Even though this investigation led the seizure $1.4 million from U.S.-based Islamic charities destined for terrorist groups, his investigation was shut down, and was faced with disciplinary action and dismissal. result Judicial Watchs intervention, Special Agent Wright was reinstated his position, won court victory, and stands today example courage and fidelity his oath office. set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality our nations public life and seeks ensure that political and judicial officials not abuse the powers entrusted them the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission The International Program -France through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program.