31 November 18 2010 CROATIA Meeting Summary
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The International Program Croatia meeting with government officials from the Republic Croatia and Judicial Watchs director research and investigations, Chris Farrell, was arranged the Academy for International Development (AED), under the auspices the Department States International Visitor Leadership Program. Combating Corruption the United States was the theme this delegations project. The educational goals these delegates were, part, to: Learn about methodologies used investigate and prosecute financial crime and criminal activities associated with financial crime; and Examine collaborative efforts among various U.S. agencies counter corruption and white-collar crime. According U.S. State Department historical notes, the Croatians have been acquainted with war and subjugation since the time their migration from Ukraine Croatia the 6th century the recent past. They came under the Hapsburgs control the mid-1400s until the demise the Austro-Hungarian Empire following World War They united with the Serbs and Slovenes form Yugoslavia 1929; and after World War they were united under communist leadership. When communism fell throughout Eastern Europe, did the communist federation Yugoslavia. Croatia eventually declared independence 1990. month later war erupted result conflict between the Serbs and Croats. Although the United Nations attempted mediate peace agreements the latter years, wasnt until December 1995 that permanent cease fire was negotiated with the signing the Dayton peace agreement December 1995. Real progress terms regional cooperation, refugee returns, national reconciliation, and democratization followed slowly. Today, under the leadership Prime Minister The International Program Kosor, Croatia focused tackling economic reform and corruption home, while pushing overcome the last remaining hurdles Croatias accession. And corruption has become viable threat Croatias democratization process. The problem corruption government one that Judicial Watch knows well, particularly the harmful effects has society undermining the rule lawthe essential foundation for free just, and equitable societyand the negative impact has the economy nation. The meeting with the Croatian government officials took place Judicial Watch headquarters November 18, 2010. Mr. Farrell was asked provide the Croatian government officials with briefing about work done Judicial Watch ensure the transparency and accountability government, particularly the processes investigation. Mr. Farrell discussed Judicial Watchs educational mission and its conservative philosophy, stressing principle over politics. Judicial Watchs track record investigations against both Republicans and Democrats demonstrate that unethical corrupt behavior judges, politicians and elected appointed government officials, not political ideology, informs its decision investigate. Discussed greater detail were several the investigations recently initiated through open records laws and, particular, the federal Freedom Information Act (FOIA). Mr. Farrell discussed Judicial Watchs successful efforts uncovering Senators Barney Frank and Christopher Dodds roles the Sallie Mae and Freddie Mac debacle, which led the housing market crash and financial meltdown. And although open records laws are the primary venue for discovery, told the visitors that Judicial Watch has also taken whistleblowers who have come forward report incidents corruption government agencies. Two such cases dealt with whistleblowers from the FBI and the State Department. Remarkably, both instances, Judicial Watch was successful helping the whistleblowers. 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.