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halffull
13th January 2014, 22:38
I am loving the way karma is working lately


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy has apologized for mistakenly sending Washington television reporter Scott MacFarlane an internal email plotting ways to dodge the reporter’s Freedom of Information Act requests for documents related to September’s Navy Yard mass shooting.

MacFarlane, an investigative reporter for NBC 4 in Washington, in December requested memos drafted by Naval Sea Systems Command officials shortly after the Sept. 16 shooting, along with photos of Navy Yard building 197, where the gunman fatally shot 12 people.

In an email intended for internal distribution, Robin Patterson, the Navy's FOIA public liaison, outlined strategies to thwart MacFarlane’s requests, which she called "another ‘fishing expedition.’”

“Recommend that you provide the requester with an estimate, as I can see the search and review, possible redactions, will be very costly,” Patterson wrote in the Jan. 2 email. “This may encourage the requester to 'narrow the scope.' Again another 'fishing expedition' -- just because they are media doesn't mean that the memos would shed light on specific government activities.”

Patterson went through each of MacFarlane's inquiries, strategizing reasons for rejecting the investigative reporter's requests:

DON2014F-0387: this one is specific enough that we may be able to deny. However, I want to talk with the FBI, as they may have all emails during that time, in their possession.

MacFarlane posted a screenshot of the email to Twitter on Tuesday, calling the Navy's blunder an “EPIC FAILURE.”

Navy administrator Steve Muck apologized to MacFarlane in an email, according to NBC News. The Navy also apologized via Twitter on Tuesday, affirming its commitment to the FOIA and “its vital role in providing transparency to the American public.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/08/us-navy-email-foia_n_4564068.html

Tesla_WTC_Solution
14th January 2014, 01:13
A journalist I spoke to via email a few years back, Deirdre Tynan, is a CNN correspondent now -- some of her DOD FOIA requests for diplomatic wire transmissions in regards to dangerous Mefloquine tablets given out at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Uzbekistan remain unanswered to this day.

It's extremely creepy how the military won't answer to the people anymore. I am no longer proud to have served, it's really rather sad. :(

MargueriteBee
14th January 2014, 03:23
Got caught with their pants down!

Tesla_WTC_Solution
14th January 2014, 03:33
I should have provided proof of my claim above:

http://www.foia.state.gov/searchapp/DOCUMENTS/9-FY2013/F-2011-07654/DOC_0C05262527/C05262527.pdf

(I am trying to get that page to load)

Thanks to you guys for being brave and talking about this.


F-2011-06498 DEIRDRE TYNAN DIPLOMATIC CABLES FROM THE US EMBASSY IN TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN 08/02/2011 OPEN

F-2011-06500 DEIRDRE TYNAN DIPLOMATIC CABLES FORM THE US EMBASSY IN TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN 08/02/2011 • OPEN

F-2011-06501 DEIRDRE TYNAN DIPLOMATIC CABLES FROM THE US EMBASSY IN TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN 08/02/2011 OPEN

F-2011-06504 DEIRDRE TYNAN DIPLOMATIC CABLES FROM THE US EMBASSY IN DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN 08/02/2011 OPEN

etc

http://www.foia.state.gov/searchapp/DOCUMENTS/9-FY2013/F-2011-07654/DOC_0C05262527/C05262527.pdf


F-2011-07496 JASON LEOPOLD USE OF ANTI-MALARIAL DRUG MEFLOQUINE ON DETAINEES HELD AT GUANTANAMO IN JANUARY 2002
09/07/2011 OPEN