FBI Lies to US District Court - Page 2
We have been taught a lot of laws and value’s our entire lives, the beauty of democracy is the equality of all citizens. What are our children going to think when they realize the freedom and rights our constitution provides have become just an exhibit in the Smithsonian.
When a government agency lies to the courts who are the people supposed to trust? The information the FBI is protecting is a request from Islamic Shura Council of S. Cal. In 2006 they submitted a broad joint FOIA request to the FBI seeking any records relating or referring” to themselves, “including . . . records that document any collection of information about monitoring, surveillance, observation, questioning, interrogation, investigation and/or infiltration. In what has become a common FBI stall tactic, two years later they produced a small amount of the requested data.
The plaintiffs (Islamic Shura) then sued. Amazingly enough the FBI produced some more heavily redacted material falling back on the “Outside the Scope” excuse while swearing under oath there was no more material to produce. The court then ordered the FBI to submit all the FOIA requested documents and declarations of their search for those documents.
What comes next is right out of a cheap novel. The FBI admits to the court that they lied and they had even more documents that the court or plaintiffs don’t know about. In a last ditch effort to save face the FBI then told the court the original documents demanded were “In the Scope” of the original FOIA request and the very existence of FOIA allowed them to mislead the courts when they perceive a matter of national security.
Is this the America we pledge our allegiance too? We teach the young that their rights are etched in stone while the agency charged with protecting those same rights and our laws discard both when it fits their agenda.