SCOOP: The NSA is planning to destroy all "records related to complaints and allegations of abuses of civil liberties and privacy" received by its Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency Office:
They want to destroy all actionable complaints, allegations, etc. just one year after resolution. (Complaints that they decide aren't actionable will be pulped after 90 days.)
The National Archives has already given its preliminary approval.
Q: At what point are federal agencies allowed to destroy their records?
A: When the National Archives & Records Administration gives them permission.
Last week I started a new project to bring this crucial process into the light:
altgov2.org/records-destru…2/ When a federal agency (ICE, EPA, CIA, FBI, IRS, FCC, VA, Education Dept, Federal Reserve, Library of Congress, etc., etc.) wants to set up a schedule to destroy records, they submit a "request" to the National Archives, a/k/a NARA.
Jul 31, 2018 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
Remember that advisory board that Interior Secretary Zinke created about big-game hunting, then packed with rich "trophy" hunters, NRA members, Trump associates, etc.?
The Fish & Wildlife Service recently posted 16,000+ pages about it:
While it's great that all this material is now available, a document dump like this means that the important bits are buried.
Hopefully animal rights activists and organizations will dig into this mountain.
Jul 26, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
"For a quarter-century, they have been the stuff of myth among scholars: three missing chapters from “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” reputedly cut from the manuscript after his assassination in 1965 because they were deemed too incendiary."
Also up for auction: "another artifact that scholars have never seen: the manuscript for the published book, which bears dense traces of Mr. Haley’s and Malcolm X’s complex negotiations over the finished text."
"Also contained in the text is the command structure for ICE agents to obtain approval to break federal laws"
@UR_Ninja 2/ A "22-page section covers the detailed world of 'Otherwise Illegal Activity' permitted for informants authorized to commit crimes. Includes entrapment, inducements to engage in criminal activity, the search authority of undercover operatives, altering vehicles..."
Jun 21, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Important, disturbing analysis from the Cato Institute in November 2017:
"Border Patrol Termination Rates: Discipline and Performance Problems Signal Need for Reform"
"CBP also changed the definition of 'complaints' in a way that reduces the number of excessive force complaints against Border Patrol officers."
Jun 20, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
1/ So, the policy of automatic separation /appears/ to be over.
Which means that parents & kids will be held together in shadowy detention facilities that get little or no outside oversight.
I've filed bunches of FOIA requests with multiple agencies to get a glimpse inside.
2/ And remember: The Office of Refugee Resettlement at Health & Human Services is running an entirely separate system of facilities for children who show up to the border unaccompanied. (The converted Wal-Mart at Brownsville TX is the most famous example.)
Jun 13, 2018 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
Excellent! 350+ pages of internal documents from Purdue Pharma have been posted, showing how the company "pushed OxyContin despite risks of addiction and fatalities"
"The marketing files show that about 75% of more than $400 million in promotional spending occurred after the start of 2000, the year Purdue officials told Congress they learned of growing OxyContin abuse and drug-related deaths from media reports and regulators."