4 May 5 2006 CROATIA Meeting Summary
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The International Program Croatia May 2006 Guests: Ms. Nada JOSIPOVIC, Deputy Head State Office for Fight Against Corruption and Organized Crime Ms. Jadranka JURINJACK, Head Department for State Administration System and Legislation Adjustment with the Legal System Mr. Zorislav Antun PETROVIC, Correspondent Austrian Press Agency Mr. Boric PAVELIC, Journalist/Commentator Novi List Daily, Zagreb Ms. Sanja SMILJANIC, Journalist/Editor Economic Section the Information Program, Croatian Mr. Chris Farrell, Judicial Watchs director research and investigations, and Tom DeVine, legal director the Government Accountability Project, participated panel discussion administered Delphi International behalf the U.S. Department State entitled Accountability Government. The programs objectives were, part, introduce Croatian decision makers systems ethical codes and practices the U.S. and explore how this works increase transparency government. Judicial Watch was invited discuss the role non-governmental organizations monitoring government agencies. Mr. Farrell discussed the importance open records and sunshine laws, such the Freedom Information Act (FOIA), promoting transparency government. illustrated their importance providing several examples documents obtained through FOIA and the impact they have had, both nationally and internationally. Most well known are the documents Judicial Watch sought from the Commerce Department early 1994, which led the discovery that trade mission seats were being sold exchange for campaign contributions. further exposed the infiltration Chinese intelligence into the higher echelons American government. Such access was made possible the Clinton Commerce Departments illegal scheme raise campaign contributions. further illustrate the way which sunshine laws create check the government, Mr. Farrell discussed the recent court ruling directing the U.S. Secret Service turn over Judicial Watch logs detailing White House visits disgraced Washington, DC, lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The Visitor Logs were sought pursuant FOIA because the White Houses ambiguity responding the medias questions about the Presidents relationship with this corrupt lobbyist. The Secret Service refused turn over the documents, forcing Judicial Watch file suit. Without such laws, there would accountability. Mr. Farrell concluded his presentation discussing one the most important, but less appreciated aspects its mission: educating the public. Judicial Watch makes available the public its Internet site, all information uncovers the process investigation. The threat exposure the court public opinion one the most effective weapons holding elected officials accountable the people.