32 January 13 2011 FRANCE Meeting Summary
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The International Program France World Learning Visitor Exchange Program was administering three-week program behalf the U.S. Department State for visiting delegate from the Office International Mutual Assistance Criminal Matters with the Ministry Justice France. The program would commence the nations capital, followed two weeks meetings with law enforcement agencies Paso, New Orleans, and Miami order to gain greater understanding the U.S. correctional system related criminal cases, and terrorism; and examine the judicial system function all levels (federal, state, county, city, and small municipalities). The current U.S. Department States country profile reports that France close partner with the U.S. counterterrorism efforts. cooperates with the U.S. monitor and disrupt terrorist groups and has processed numerous U.S. requests for information under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. French intelligence and security officials continue actively investigate and prosecute cases extremism. The French judiciary December 2007 tried and convicted five French former Guantanamo detainees terrorism charges. And relations between France and the U.S. are active and friendly. the request World Learning, Mr. Fitton was asked discuss Judicial Watchs mission and activities in relation the U.S. judicial system order provide greater understanding the role non-governmental organizations law enforcement matters. 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. The International Program -France Mr. Fitton met with the French delegate Judicial Watchs headquarters January 13, 2011, and provided general overview Judicial Watchs mission and organizational structure, which described similar that charity that operates nonprofit. Its primary role provide independent oversight the governmentand its primary tool the Freedom Information Act (FOIA). Records are sought from government agencies when corruption, fraud, abuse office and/or violation federal, state, and local laws have been reported the media through other avenues. Mr. Fitton commented briefly the corruption scandals Judicial Watch pursued during the Clinton years, which referred the most corrupt administration our nations history, well Judicial Watchs legal battle with the Bush Administration over the Cheney Energy Task Force records. Judicial Watchs lawsuits against both major political parties were widely covered the mainstream media and largely responsible for Judicial Watchs emergence into the national and international spotlight. Mr. Fitton discussed current FOIA litigation and investigations into the Obama administrations appointment radical czars and the $200 billion financial bailout Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which occurred with little Congressional oversight. ended discussing the "Air Pelosi" scandal illustrate the positive impact open records laws can have public policy. Judicial Watch had filed Freedom Information Act (FOIA) request response media reports Speaker Pelosis abuse military aircraft for her travels, including to-and-from her home district San Francisco. Judicial Watch learned through document productions that the Speakers military travel cost the United States Air Force $2,100,744.59 over two-year period. And even more outrageous, over $100,000 that total was for in-flight expenses, including food and alcohol. widely reported the press, this was flagrant waste taxpayer dollarsand did not play well with her constituency. Such bad press, however, did have positive impact. The November elections ushered new Tea Party Congress, winning the majority the House and change Speaker. And House Speaker-elect John Boehner pointedly told his constituents that would forego the use military aircraft fly from Washington The International Program -France his hometown Ohio show how serious was about cutting government waste.