PJMedia Sues Department of Defense for Climate Conference Info
PJMedia noted back in April:
There was a bit more to it than that, of course, but it was still pretty innocuous stuff. The volume of fuel used in the flights and how much the baggage weighed, as well as who was on all the flights, is information kept by the Air Force as a matter of course. This request should have taken about 20 minutes with a file cabinet to fill. Additionally, while this information would be classified (also as a matter of course), none of it was national security information. We all know the president went to Copenhagen and came back empty-handed.
Fitton noted in the Judicial Watch release that that might have had something to do with why they don't want to release the information:
The December 2009 United Nations "climate change" conference in Copenhagen must have been embarrassing for global warming activists and their associates in Washington. The Conference not only failed to enact worldwide "climate" action, but the airlift of President Obama and other government officials must have resulted in huge, wasteful costs for the American people. No wonder PJM can’t get anything out of the administration about that disastrous conference.
Fitton also said he was happy to be helping PJMedia with this suit:
Too much of the media is supine in the face of Obama's secrecy. We're please to partner with Pajamas Media in saying "no."
PJMedia tried calling the Department of Defense on Tuesday, knowing the DoD had been served on Monday, to no avail. We got kicked around to a couple of different offices and left a message to have someone call for the expected "we can't comment."
This is typical of this entire affair. When we made a series of phone calls to DoD back in April, we got figures for the number of documents we were supposed to have gotten ranging from 29 pages to 150 pages.
We still maintain that this is information any airline keeps without even thinking about it.
Additionally, this was a routine request for routine information from a reporter. It shouldn't have required this level of involvement to get the information. It certainly shouldn't have taken a year-and-a-half.
The original request was kicked all the way up to the office of the secretary of defense. There's no valid reason to make it this difficult for PJMedia to get basic information unless the administration has something to hide.
But then, this is the most transparent administration ever.