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Judicial Watch • 5 June 6 2006 CAMBODIA Meeting Summary

5 June 6 2006 CAMBODIA Meeting Summary

5 June 6 2006 CAMBODIA Meeting Summary

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The International Program  Cambodia

June 2006 
Guests: Meeting with Cambodian Judicial Officials 
Judicial Watch met with delegation Cambodian judicial officials the request the Delphi International Program World Learning, which was administering three-week project behalf the U.S. Department State, entitled The Judicial System. representative from Judicial Watch was asked discuss its role watchdog organization and the impact has had the American judicial system. 
Judicial Watchs director litigation, Paul Orfanedes, and associate attorney, Jim Peterson, welcomed the distinguished international guests. 
The first half the discussion focused the tools used creatively Judicial Watch, such federal and state sunshine laws and, particular, the Freedom Information Act (FOIA), promote the fundamental principles good government: transparency, integrity, and accountability. general overview was provided the types issues which Judicial Watch has most recently become involved, which range from energy policy illegal immigration. 
The educational aspect Judicial Watchs mission and the role the media this endeavor were highlighted during the second half the meeting. The delegates were informed that the public, both nationally and internationally, educated about Judicial Watchs investigative pursuits through radio and interviews, most frequently with President and spokesman, Tom Fitton. And Judicial Watchs Internet site the primary repository documents obtained response FOIA requests, well press releases, court documents, and articles from the major media outlets major developments our cases. 
The lawsuit brought against the Department Defense for refusing release camera recordings American Airlines Flight crashing into the Pentagon September was given prime example the public education component Judicial Watchs mission. The video footage released Judicial Watch was immediately made available interested news media outlets and posted Judicial Watchs Internet site for public viewing. The enormous impact such information has the American public when made available non-governmental organization was also discussed. The posting the released 9/11 photos helped put rest conspiracy theories fomenting under the Department Defenses shroud secrecy. 
Throughout the investigative process, from the filing FOIA request the receipt the requested documents, the public made aware potential government misconduct that may have gone unnoticed but for Judicial Watchs oversight and the subsequent exposure provided various media outlets. The Cheney Energy Task Force was given example because the amount media coverage received worldwide. Most importantly, result the lawsuit brought Judicial Watch, the American people were made aware that special interest groups, who had substantial financial interest energy policy formulation, had participated secret energy task force meetings. 
Mr. Orfanedes, who argued Judicial Watchs case against the Cheney Energy Task Force Group before the Supreme Court the United States, informed these visitors that the American people are wary government corruption. When government officials appear conducting business behind closed doors, their wariness heightened. affirmed the importance the media played bringing the Cheney Energy Task Force account. This case was major victory for the American people bringing light and possibly preventing potentially corrupt activities government officials. forced them account for their actions before courts law. 
The Cambodian officials are presently engaged very serious discussion about how much information government agencies should required make public. 
There concern that complete openness may actually violate certain rules, such confidentiality criminal matters. 
Mr. Orfanedes informed the delegates that there are acceptable guidelines and provisions made for matters requiring confidentiality, particularly criminal matters and matters concerning national security. These boundaries are fairly well defined and tend toward the protection, not suppression, citizens rights. Sunshine laws are designed hold public servants accountable the peopleand they serve restore faith the American judicial system reconfirming Americas fundamental belief that one above the law. 
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