9 July 18 2006 UKRANIAN Meeting Summary
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The International Program Ukraine July 18, 2006 Guests: Ukrainian DelegationChiefs and Deputy Chiefs the Ministry the Interior, Security Service, and Office the Prosecutor General The visiting Ukrainian officials were participating the U.S. Department States International Visitor Leadership Program entitled Organized Crime and Corruption: Effective Investigation and Prosecution. The program was arranged the Academy for Educational Development. The study tour commenced Washington, D.C., with meetings scheduled New York, Rhode Island, Arizona, and Michigan. Each location was selected provide unique opportunity which examine strategies range security issues include: the coordination federal, state, and local agencies efforts the investigation and prosecution organized crime; international cooperation combating transnational crime and money laundering; southern border security and immigration; the prevention public corruption, human trafficking and smuggling; and the examination the medias role exposing corruption. Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton, was asked meet with the Ukrainian officials to provide valuable contrast for the visitors learn how private, watchdog groups implement media strategies and lobbying efforts hold government and law enforcement agencies accountable and discuss JWs involvement the current immigration debate. Mr. Fitton began his presentation stating that Judicial Watch believes sunshine the greatest disinfectant the investigation and prosecution government The International Program Ukraine corruption. And towards that end, has honed and perfected one its most effective weapons keeping the sun shining over the federal bureaucracy: the Freedom Information Act (FOIA). Since its inception 1994, has uncovered, prosecuted, and exposed numerous instances corruption the federal government and the judiciary through use the FOIA and other state sunshine laws. was through open records laws that Judicial Watch uncovered information detailing failed national, state, and local immigration policiesan issue that has taken international significance since 9/11. response the concerns JWs supporters, open records requests were sent and proceedings subsequently initiated against the Town Herndon and the Los Angeles Police Department for using taxpayer funding implement policies that are direct violation federal immigration laws. Mr. Fitton informed the guests that conservative organization, but fiercely non-partisan. Its mission educate and promote return ethics and morality government, politics, and the law. Without accountability and openness government, both liberals and conservatives alike have succumbed the corrupting influences big government. Mr. Fitton then discussed the role the media exposing instances corruption and abuse the public trust. The American public educated way newspaper articles, and radio interviews, newsletters, and public forums. The materials acquired through research and investigation are also made available the public JWs Internet site. Negative exposure has proven very effective weapon holding government officials accountable andit hopedin deterring future misconduct. emphasized Judicial Watchs unique role and how has set itself apart from other similarly situated organizations which expose corruption that pursues offenders through litigation and holds them accountable court lawoften through years relentless pursuit and bureaucratic hurdles. result JWs tenacity stay the course that was named one Washington, DCs most effective government watchdog organizations The Hill newspaper. The International Program Ukraine Mr. Fitton visited the Ukraine 1990 and was pleased have the opportunity meet with the distinguished Ukrainian officials.