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talk about two matters, first a story Pajamas Media broke this week, and thenthe New Black Panther party voter intimidation dismissal. There are so many otherlawless actions I could talk about but we have time only for these two.Freedom of Information Act RequestPajamas Media broke a story Thursday about politicization at the JusticeDepartment, this time involving outright lawless disregard of the Freedom of InformationAct. My editors at Pajamas media have told me not to bury a lede, so let me tell you thebig news: Because the DOJ failed to comply with the Freedom of Information act forrequests that Pajamas made seven months ago, Pajamas Media has sued the EricHolder run Justice Department in federal court in the District of Columbia. You mightnot have heard because the news just broke Thursday. But this is big news.The complaint is up at Pajamas PJ Tatler or at my blog electionlawcenter.com. Iam ready to stand corrected, but this certainly must mark one of the first times thatconservative new media has taken on a federal agency over the FOIA. Frankly, that, inmy mind is
not something to celebrate. If conservative media isn’t willing
to fight forinformation like Pajamas is doing in court, then
who will? The Washington Post won’t
even ask for the information much less go to federal court over it.
Pajamas isn’t the only victim of the DOJ’s lawless refusal to comply with the
Freedom of Information Act. I have obtained Freedom of Information Act logs that showa disturbing pattern at DOJ. The show DOJ has also lawlessly stonewalled HumanEvents, the Washington Times, Jennifer Rubin who was writing for the WeeklyStandard, Republican Congressman Frank Wolf and noted GOP attorneys. Thedisregard of the freedom of information Act only affects conservatives, because liberals,democrats and civil rights groups are getting same day service. Groups like MALDEF,the ACLU, and NAACP are getting same day FOIA service. NPR has to wait 5 onlydays.The Civil Rights Division is the most politicized part of the DOJ. Since theinauguration, there has been a hiring blitz of attorneys and support staff. Frominformation I have obtained, the hires are almost all coming from activist organizations.More on that another day.