Washington, DC — Today, as a result of ongoing FOIA litigation, the US Department of State and Department of Homeland Security released four (4) documents to the newly formed transparency project Operation 45. Among the documents released Friday afternoon were records responsive to a November 1, 2016 letter from Senators Dianne Feinstein and Benjamin Cardin wherein the Senators call on then President Barack Obama to take immediate action against Russia for intrusions into the 2016 election, which was at the moment of their letter just over a week away.
WASHINGTON, DC — The CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are in violation of the Freedom of Information Act. Investigative journalist Jason Leopold and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PhD candidate/Harvard Klein Center for Internet & Society research affiliate, Ryan Shapiro, filed a lawsuit yesterday against the FBI, CIA, DHS, and ODNI. The suit is over the agencies’ failures to comply with Shapiro and Leopold’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for records on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Shapiro and Leopold’s FOIA requests and lawsuit:
Shapiro and Leopold submitted FOIA requests to the CIA, FBI, DHS, and ODNI for records pertaining to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as records pertaining to U.S. intelligence agency operations involving any such Russian interference.
Shapiro and Leopold seek these records in order to shed light on critical unknowns such as:
* What information on Russian interference did U.S. intelligence agencies possess, and when did they possess it?
* How did this information differ by agency?
* How did analysis of this information, and response proposals based upon that analysis, differ by agency?
* How did U.S. intelligence agencies communicate and coordinate with each other regarding the issue of Russian interference?
* Both officially and unofficially, how did U.S. intelligence agencies communicate and coordinate with outside entities and individuals regarding the issue of Russian interference?
1.) Records sought by Shapiro and Leopold include but are not limited to:…
New York, NY — In the wake of a series of disparaging remarks aimed at recipients of Hurricane Sandy Aid from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), survivors of the hurricane and allied organizations will be greeting the Senator at a fundraiser at the Women’s National Republican Club (7 W 51st St, NY, NY 10019) at 11:30am today, Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
Paul, who is on a media and fundraising blitz in anticipation of a likely presidential run, has also repeatedly blocked critical federal funding for Sandy rebuilding, claiming the program is “bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense.”
Members of the Occupy Sandy disaster recovery effort, the campaign finance reform group Money Out/ Voters In, and the DREAM Act Coalition have announced that they will be crashing the fundraiser. The groups hope to underscore the ongoing humanitarian crises in the Sandy-ravaged Far Rockaways, Breezy Point, Staten Island, Sheepshead Bay, and Long Island and New Jersey coastlines. In addition, the groups will highlight how the Senator’s policies routinely give preference to the military and large corporations over the urgent needs of low-income and immigrant communities.
“They’re precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their `Gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now,’” Paul said recently in an exchange with New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.
“Sen. Paul was instrumental in delaying and reducing urgently-needed funding for hurricane recovery in New York and New Jersey, but he’s happy to take $2,500 a plate from New Yorkers to bankroll his austerity agenda. We’ll be present to let him know he’s unwelcome by the 99% of New Yorkers still reeling from the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy and a stagnant economy, ” said Justin Wedes, an Occupy Sandy organizer.
To arrange an interview with the activists and for any other media-related inquiries please contact Justin Wedes, Occupy Sandy organizer at 347-824-8583 or Justin@occupylabs.org