30 September 17 2010 India and Bhutan Meeting Summary
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The International Program India and Bhutan meeting with Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton September 17, 2010, was requested the Institute International Education (IIE), which was hosting delegation from India and Bhutan, behalf the U.S. Department State. The theme for these International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) guests was Accountability Government and Business. the request IIE, attorney Tom Devine, the Legal Director the Government Accountability Project, joined Mr. Fitton addressing the group. The problem corruption government was noted both presenters one the top concerns the American electorate. Mr. Fitton informed the delegates that Judicial Watchs primary tool fight corruption government the Freedom Information Act (FOIA) the federal level, well other open records and sunshine laws state and local levels. Open records laws were enacted for the very purpose keeping the government transparent and accountable the people. However, Judicial Watch learned, transparency has not been the hallmark the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations. fact, has most often taken protracted legal battle force the release documents into the public domain. And this most assuredly the case when corruption involved. Nevertheless, the process itself has given Judicial Watch invaluable educational role, reports the progress its cases through all stages litigationup the eventual production documents and investigatory findings. This achieved through the use its Internet site, newsletters, and radio and appearances. The process The International Program India and Bhutan exposes government corruption, while the same time highlighting court decisions that successfully uphold and enforce the rule law. Mr. Fitton cited one Judicial Watchs most significant FOIA lawsuits brought against the Commerce Department example the force and effect open records laws uncovering corruption. Although the Commerce Department case began investigation into the suspect selection process for trade mission seats, led number disturbing revelations with serious national security implications regarding Communist Chinese influence the White House. Attorney Tom Devine told the visitors that his organization, also not-for-profit and nongovernmental organization, exists fight corruption government well, but different front. does representative and defender those who come his organization courageously expose government malfeasance. told the visiting delegates that having served enforce and defend the constitutional rights government whistleblowers since 1979, lessons learned, most significant that in free society, there nothing more powerful than the truth. This truth not lost India, India and the United States are the worlds largest democracies both committed political freedom protected representative government. And according the U.S. State Departments Background Notes, the U.S. recognizes India a key strategic U.S. interest. The Kingdom Bhutan, although without formal diplomatic relations with the United States, maintains informal contact through the Bhutanese and U.S. Embassies New Delhi. And the U.S. government annually brings several Bhutanese participants the United States through its International and Fulbright Programs. 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 through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The International Program integral part its educational program.