Bombshell: Justice Department Only Selectively Complies with Freedom of Information Act (PJM Exclusive)
– Michael Rosman, Center for Individual Rights. Six month wait.
– Jennifer Rubin (seeking records relating to employees, like Charlie Savage did). No reply at all.
– Congressman Frank Wolf. Five month wait. Wolf now chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee in charge of the DOJ budget. Oops.
– Jed Babbin, editor at Human Events. Six month wait.
– Jerry Seper, Washington Times. Six month wait.
– Jim Boulet of the English First Foundation. No reply at all.
– Jenny Small of Judicial Watch. Five month wait.
– Republican Pennsylvania state Representative Stephen Barrar. Four month wait.
– Jason Torchinsky, former DOJ and now ace GOP lawyer. No reply at all.
– Ben Conery, Washington Times. Five month wait.
It should be noted that the logs reveal plenty of mundane compliance to requestors of no particular note. Other times, very short delays mark a request from an administration friend. But in no instance does a conservative or Republican requestor receive a reply in the time period prescribed by law. The logs demonstrate an unmistakable pattern — friends zoom in the express lane, while foes are stuck waiting on the shoulder.
Politicized compliance with FOIA might be an administration-wide pattern. The revelation that the Obama Department of Homeland Security has politicized the FOIA process may be just the tip of the iceberg.
If so, what should we make of patterns of lawless noncompliance with the FOIA? If nothing else, it exposes the rank hypocrisy of those heady days in 2008 when transparency was a campaign promise. In the worst case, we have an administration willing to violate the law to conceal details about their governance.
Even this should outrage members of the mainstream media — unless of course they already zoom along in the DOJ information fast lane.
(Watch J. Christian Adams’ PJTV interview here.)