“A SPIRIT OF COOPERATION”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 22, 2014) — On March 11, 2013, The Post & Email sent a FOIA request to the U.S. Secret Service, a division of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used to protect the president, vice president, foreign dignitaries and previous presidents. The agency also serves to detect fraudulent currency and “safeguard the nation’s financial infrastructure.”
Its stated vision is to “uphold the tradition of excellence in its investigative and protective mission through a dedicated, highly-trained, diverse, partner-oriented workforce that employs progressive technology and promotes professionalism.”
As with all government departments, agencies, salaries, benefits, travel costs, and conferences, the U.S. taxpayers fund the costs of the Secret Service.
Shortly after mailing our FOIA request, The Post & Email received an acknowledgement but no additional communication until this week in a letter dated October 8, 2014.
The Secret Service has been embroiled in controversy since it was discovered that “a member of the president’s staff” participated in the inappropriate behavior while in Colombia in advance of Obama’s attendance at a summit meeting of Latin American countries in April 2012. On September 20 of that year, Fox News reported that two members of Obama’s staff were involved in the breach of protocol.
According to former Connecticut U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman at the time, a culture of degeneracy existed within the Secret Service prior to the incident in Colombia.
As in many other instances, the Obama regime denied knowledge that one of its White House employees was involved in the “scandal” in addition to Secret Service and several military members. According to The Washington Post, Obama’s former counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, who left the regime at the end of last year, publicly determined that the “presidential advance-team member” had “done nothing wrong” despite evidence provided to the contrary by the Secret Service.
The Post & Email’s inquiry was twofold, requesting documentation the agency possessed regarding threats made on Twitter against then-presidential contender Mitt Romney; and the type of weapons carried by Secret Service agents tasked with protecting the occupant of the White House.
The agency’s official spokesman, Brian Leary, had thanked The Post & Email for reporting the Twitter threats against Romney immediately after seeing them and responded to previous media questions. However, our last three routine requests directed to Leary went unanswered.
During both terms of Barack Hussein Obama, lapses in the Secret Service’s “protection” of Obama and his family have been noted, most notably, in the September 19, 2014 incident in which a man armed with a knife leaped over the gate surrounding the White House, ran across the lawn, entered the unlocked front door, overpowered a female Secret Service agent near the doorway and made his way “through” the East Room to the Green Room close to the stairway leading to the putative First Family’s residence before being apprehended.
On March 17, 2009, CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) filed a criminal complaint of treason against Obama, who he named as a “foreign born domestic enemy,” with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Fitzpatrick also accused Obama of having “broken in and entered the White House by force of contrivance, concealment, conceit, dissembling, and deceit. Posing as an impostor president and commander in chief you have stripped civilian command and control over the military establishment.”
Several days later, two Secret Service agents paid Fitzpatrick a visit during which Fitzpatrick requested their respective business cards. The first handed hers to Fitzpatrick, while the second walked to the vehicle they had used, asking Fitzpatrick to follow, opened the trunk to retrieve the business card, then turned to Fitzpatrick and said, “We can’t arrest him, you know.”
The Secret Service’s response received on Monday is as follows:
The Secret Service Special Agent In Charge included our original letter which contained the request for documentation of the weapons carried by agents expected to protect the president, but the responding letter did not address it. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) specifically states that if no responsive documents exist, the government agency must so state. If documents exist but cannot be released under any of the FOIA exemptions or exclusions, the government agency must provide the specific exclusion or exemption.
The FOIA mandates a 20-business-day response time to requests after they are received by the government agency unless an unusual delay is anticipated for a legitimate reason.
In response to the subheading question “What is the Administration’s FOIA Policy?” the website FOIA.gov states:
President Obama and Attorney General Holder have directed agencies to apply a presumption of openness in responding to FOIA requests. The Attorney General specifically called on agencies not to withhold information just because it technically falls within an exemption and he also encouraged agencies to make discretionary releases of records. The Attorney General emphasized that the President has called on agencies to work in a spirit of cooperation with FOIA requesters. The Office of Information Policy at the Department of Justice oversees agency compliance with these directives and encourages all agencies to fully comply with both the letter and the spirit of the FOIA. President Obama has pledged to make this the most transparent Administration in history.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.