Summary of September 12 2014 Meeting with Group from Western Hemisphere
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The International Program Project for the Western Hemisphere Judicial Watch hosted group international visitors from the Western Hemisphere its headquarters Washington, DC, September 12, 2014. The group consisted twenty professionals working primarily the field communication sciencesto include journalists, writers, editors, anchors and producersrepresenting twelve different Latin American countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. guests the U.S. Department States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), they were the United States participate project for the Western Hemisphere concerning Transparency and Accountability Government. The Department States professional objectives for this project were, part, to: Explore the role the media, watchdog organizations and citizens monitoring and reporting ethical standards; and Analyze grassroots actions that have resulted honest, transparent and fair practices government Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton met with the visitors and provided them with general overview Judicial Watchs mission and activities and the tools uses promote ethics and accountability the nations public life. Mr. Fitton informed the visitors that the federal Freedom Information Act (FOIA) requestJudicial Watchs primary investigatory toolis law providing public access certain federal agency records and documents. (Similar laws have been enacted state and local governments.) Underlying the enactment open records and meetings laws the publics right know what its government doing. Government creation the people, the people, for the people. Elected officials are public servants. And keep government accountable, the people must have access its records and documents. Mr. Fitton told the visitors that Judicial Watch has earned reputation one the most active and effective users open records laws the country. Judicial Watchs Freedom Information Act lawsuits have uncovered documents that force even Congress act, such the House Select Committee Benghazi, which convened hearings directly result the smoking gun Benghazi documents uncovered JW. Further, lawsuit filed against the Bush administration 2001 obtain the Cheney Energy Task Force documents wend its way through the federal courts and was heard before the highest court our nation, the Supreme Court the United States. Judicial Watch alleged that the Energy Task Force violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). FACA open meetings law requiring equal access all concerned parties meetings when government policy issue and prevent non-governmental agencies individuals from receiving preferential access stake the development government policy. Mr. Fitton informed the guests that Judicial Watch functions non-profit, non-partisan organization that supported primarily the donations its hundreds thousands supporters across the country who believe its mission. They are informed about JWs work through various venues, including monthly newsletters, weekly Internet updates, educational panels, press releases, and major media and radio coverage. conservative, non-partisan organization. sees corruption the by-product Big Government: the bigger the government, the bigger the temptation, and the bigger the temptation, the bigger the corruption. Today with federal budget over trillion, Mr. Fitton said have lot work ahead us. And corruption non-partisan; both Democrats and Republicans can corrupt. told the guests that Judicial Watch has long and storied history court battles against members both political parties. Mr. Fitton then candidly discussed Judicial Watchs fight against illegal immigration. told the Latin American visitors that was their own citizens who had fallen victim drug smugglers and cartels engaged human traffickinghaving been encouraged come the United States result the lawless policies both Democrat and Republican administrations over the years. said Judicial Watch believes the rule law. someone comes here illegally, they have broken the law. amnesty granted, law breakers are rewardedwhile those who are trying immigrate the U.S. legally are punished. And, Mr. Fitton said that many who have immigrated here legally not believe amnesty for those who came here illegally. ended the meeting with brief QA session and told his guests that the best antidote corruption have government that respects the rule law. help ensure the laws are faithfully executed, there must transparency and means hold government officials accountable. set forth its Mission Statement, through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards ethics and morality the 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.