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11 September 26, 2006 a Multi-Regional Project

11 September 26, 2006 a Multi-Regional Project

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Published by: Judicial Watch, Inc. on Jan 31, 2013
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The International ProgramA Multi-Regional Project
September 26, 2006
Government officials and representatives from Bhutan, Cambodia,Cyprus, Djibouti, Dominica, Ghana, India, Jordan, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria,Oman, Pakistan, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Czech Republic, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Serbia and MontenegroJudicial Watch president Tom Fitton was invited to participate in the U.S. Departmentof State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to discuss Judicial Watch’smission in monitoring “government activities to ensure ethical standards,accountability, transparency and fairness in government.” The multi-regional projectwas administered by the Institute of International Education.Mr. Fitton informed the visiting delegation that Judicial Watch is a nonprofitorganization—“a charity”—among many others in Washington, DC, involved in publicpolicy. It is unique in that, as a nonprofit watchdog group, it holds corrupt officialsaccountable in a court of law.The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as a tool for investigation and litigation, wasdiscussed. Mr. Fitton explained to the visiting officials that government agencies areallowed 20 days to respond to FOIA requests. When deadlines are not met andappropriate responses are not forthcoming, a lawsuit may be filed against thegovernment agency in federal court. And once in litigation, there are otherbureaucratic hurdles that are often encountered, including protracted delays inlitigation, which would be daunting for any ordinary citizen. This is where JudicialWatch has found its niche. It has honed the skills necessary to counter theseobstacles—and it has the time and financial resources—thanks to its supporters—to

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