Monday, January 17, 2011

Issa Investigates DHS...weakly (yes, I spelled it right; Issa is too w-e-a-k for the job)

If you ask me I would say that Representative Issa is too weak for the job.  In here it says that Issa wants the documents from Homeland Security by January 29.   Huh?  Why not wait another year or so...then they would have all the time necessary to redact the information they don't want you to know.  Issa, let me tell you something you probably don't know, the guys you are dealing with are the bad guys...they don't like you! So wake the hell up.  Stop what your doing and go right over to Homeland Security and take whatever documents you feel are necessary to do the job.  They don't need any prep time to get you these documents, they're available for scrutiny at any time. If they don't have what you want or there is evidence of tampering, fire the whole bunch by not funding their payroll...  You need to get tough with the communists in charge! ~
Norman E. Hooben

Source: Yahoo News

House panel wants Homeland Security documents

WASHINGTON – A House committee has asked the Homeland Security Department to provide documents about an agency policy that required political appointees to review many Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a letter obtained Sunday by The Associated Press.
The letter to Homeland Security was sent late Friday by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. It represents an early move by House Republicans who have vowed to launch numerous probes of President Barack Obama's administration, ranging from its implementation of the new health care law to rules curbing air pollution to spending in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Associated Press reported in July that for at least a year, Homeland Security had sidetracked hundreds of requests for federal records to top political advisers to the department's secretary, Janet Napolitano. The political appointees wanted information about those requesting the materials, and in some cases the release of documents considered politically sensitive was delayed, according to numerous e-mails that were obtained by the AP.
The Freedom of Information Act is supposed to ensure the quick public release of requested government documents without political consideration. Obama has said his administration would emphasize openness in providing requested federal records.
According to Issa's letter, Homeland Security's chief privacy officer and FOIA official told committee staff in September that political appointees were simply made aware of "significant and potentially controversial requests."
Mary Ellen Callahan told them that political appointees reviewed the agency's FOIA response letters for grammatical and other errors and did not edit or delay their release, the letter states. She also told the committee that Homeland Security abandoned the practice in response to the AP's article, according to Issa's letter.
On Sunday, Oversight panel spokesman Frederick Hill said Issa sent the letter "because the committee has received documents that raise questions about the veracity of DHS officials" on the matter. He did not elaborate.
Issa asked the agency to provide the documents by Jan. 29.
Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last summer, officials said fewer than 500 requests were vetted by political officials. The department received about 103,000 requests for information in a recent 12-month period.
The agency's directive said political appointees wanted to see FOIA requests for "awareness purposes," regardless of who had filed them. The AP reported that the agency's career employees were told to provide political appointees with information about who requested documents, where they lived, whether they were reporters and where they worked.
According to the directive, political aides were to review requests related to Obama policy priorities, or anything related to controversial or sensitive subjects. Requests from journalists, lawmakers and activist groups were to also to be examined.
Under a new policy last summer, documents are given to agency political advisers three days before they are released, but they can be distributed without those officials' approval.

1 comment:

Fuzzy Slippers said...

Yeah, what's with giving them so much notice? He asked for some documents from DOJ before the holidays, but didn't get them. I'm not sure what the point of investigations are if you only get your information from the criminals you're investigating, and then only what they deign to hand you. Maybe I just don't understand how it works, but it seems pretty stupid to essentially just ask a criminal: are you guilty? No. Oh, okay, carry on, then.