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It been almost a year since the FOIA suit was filed. The filing date was March 6, 2015. In case you don’t remember or weren’t following the blog last year, this suit arose as a result of repeated requests made to the Department of Homeland Security. The original request was made on June 19, 2012. The original request was related to the assertion by Shailey Tripp that she had been introduced to David Chaney by Todd Palin to make sure that Chaney’s sexual needs were taken care of while he was in Alaska. David Chaney was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard Sarah Palin during the 2008 election.
He was also one of the agents involved in the Colombia scandal.
I was hopeful that requesting an investigation into the allegations would either confirm or refute the allegations of Shailey Tripp that Todd Palin was her pimp.
The FOIA suit was filed in Federal Court in Dallas. The Judge assigned was Justice Sam Cummings. Judge Cummings was born in 1944, the year of my mother’s birth. He is a s a Senior United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, and received a B.B.A. from Texas Tech University in 1967 and a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1970. He was in private practice in Amarillo, Texas from 1970 to 1987. On July 31, 1987, Cummings was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas vacated by Halbert O. Woodward. Cummings was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 8, 1987, and received his commission on December 9, 1987. He assumed senior status on December 31, 2014.
Judge Cummings has a reputation for fairness and a no nonsense approach to cases for which he is responsible.
After 10 months the Department of Homeland Security has still not produced all the documents responsive to my requests. My attorneys and I prepared a Motion for judgement. In a FOIA case, the matter is not presented to a jury, but to the Judge. The Defendant, DHS, by rules of the Court had until today to file a response to the Motion for Summary Judgment. The government filed a request for an extension of time to file the response, hoping to wait another two months to file their response. Judge Cummings evidently felt that four years was long enough to wait for documents that were required by law to be produced in 20 days. He denied the motion without argument. DHS will file their response to my motion today. Thus we will finally get some form of explanation regarding why the documents requested have not been produced.
I will give more detail when their response is filed. Please understand that in an effort to be an effective advocate for truth and justice, I can’t publish information in advance of it’s filing or I provide a road map for DHS to see what lies ahead. Suffice it to say that I interpret the denial of the motion for extension of time as an indication that Judge Cummings may not be persuaded by any excuse given by DHS’s attorneys for their failure to produce the requested documents.
The wheels of justice are slowly turning.
After three years of waiting, a law suit, and thousands of dollars in attorney fees, the Secret Service has finally produced the statement of David Chaney regarding the allegations made against him by Shailey Tripp. Here are the documents produced.
The documents produced include a statement David Chaney in which he denies even knowing Shailey Tripp. The statement of Chaney is inconsistent with previous national news reports. The statement of Chaney is dated June 6, 2012. The statement of Chaney is troublesome as the date of that statement is June 6, 2012 and the statement produced to me by A.T. Smith in June of 2013 was also dated June 6, 2012. In comparing the two statements, it appears that the two statements are identical, but it is unclear if that is infact the case as the Secret Service redacted a significant portion on the statement produced in June of 2013. Comparing the statements side by side it appears that the portion of Chaney’s statement that was redacted included the statement that “I am willing to take a polygraph tot he aforementioned facts.” If that statement was redacted it is particularly objectionable, as it appears the Secret Service was trying to cover-up the fact that Chaney gave, or was willing to give, a polygraph statement. Significantly, the Secret Service has not produced a single polygraph statement of any agent involved in the Colombia scandal to me in response to my FOIA requests.
One additional fact is proof that the Secret Service reported incorrect information to the press regarding the scandal, or the statements of Chaney are untruthful. In multiple news outlets it was reported that David Chaney resigned in April of 2012.
- On April 19, 2012, the Washington Post reported that “The Secret Service announced Wednesday that three of the men were being dismissed from the agency for their involvement. The third man is a junior member of the team who has voluntarily elected to resign, those familiar with the investigation said.”
2. On April 20, 2012, CNN reported:http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/20/us/secret-service/
“Three more Secret Service employees have “chosen to resign” in the wake of a prostitution scandal that emerged last week, the agency said in a news release Friday.”
“Six Secret Service members now have left their jobs in the wake of the incident in Cartagena, Colombia, which came while they were on a security detail in advance of President Barack Obama’s trip there for the Summit of the Americas.
“The agency also announced Friday that a 12th Secret Service “employee has been implicated,” having previously said 11 were under investigation.”
“One employee “has been cleared of serious misconduct, but will face administrative action,” the Secret Service said.”
“Five employees are on administrative leave and have had their security clearances temporarily revoked.”
3. The Dallas Morning News reported on the scandal. Dallas residents were particularly interested in the scandal as David Chaney was a 48 year-old graduate of W.T. White High School in northwest Dallas. He was reported to be one of two supervisors on the President’s security detail. The DMN reported “That agent and five others have resigned or been fired.” Sarah Palin repeated this information on Fox News saying: “Check this out body-guard, you’re fired.”
4. NBC News featured an article and a live newscast with Kristen Welker in which they reported on April 20, 2012 that both Greg Stokes and David Chaney had both left their jobs in the wake of the Cartagena, Colombia prostitution scandal. NBC reported that the investigation included polygraph examinations, interviews with the employees involved, and witness interviews, to include interviews being conducted by our Office of Professional Responsibility in Cartagena, Colombia.
5. During a press briefing it was clear that the president was angry about the involvement of the Secret Service agents in Colombia. That press briefing was reported on April 25, 2012. At that time it was indicated that the Secret Service had “decided the career fates of all 12 of these people.”
However the statement produced to me by A.T. Smith in June of 2013 and the Statement of David Chaney dated June 6, 2012 indicate that David Chaney was still employed by the Secret Service on June 6, 2012.
To date there has also been a total failure of the Secret Service to produce any evidence or documents related to the “ongoing enforcement proceedings” that were reportedly pending in Feb. of 2013.
To date there has also been no production of documents regarding a government issued credit card for David Chaney. It is my impression that each of the agents were given a government issued credit card to cover expenses while on assignment. This is particularly troubling given the cryptome site that reveals a credit card purportedly issued to David Chaney that includes a charge of $40.00 to Shailey Tripp.
As most of you know, suit was filed in Federal Court in Dallas on March 6th. The suit was necessitated by the failure of the Department of Homeland Security to produce documents under several FOIA requests. The first request, filed in June of 2012, over three years ago, focused on the allegations that Todd Palin introduced his prostitute to David Chaney, the Secret Service agent assigned to guard Sarah Palin during the 2008 election.
Here are the particular requests from the very first FOIA request:
1. Any statements made by David Chaney, or notes related to same, made by anyone that refers or relates in any way to the events in Colombia pertaining to any use by David Chaney or other Secret Service agents, of services that were actually provided by, or offered by, a prostitute.
2. Any statements made by David Chaney, and/or any Secret Service employee, past, or present, or notes related to same, made by anyone that refers or relates to an introduction by Todd Palin of any prostitute to any member of the Secret Service.
3. Any statements made by David Chaney, and/or any Secret Service employee, past or present, or notes related to same, that makes reference to services that were offered and/or provided by Shailey Tripp.
4. Any statements made by David Chaney, and/or any Secret Service employee, past or present, regarding any use of prostitution services in Alaska.
5. Any documents that refer or relate to an assignment of David Chaney to guard Sarah Palin.
6. Any documents that were actual or copies of receipts of David Chaney for any food or drink consumed in any bagel shop in Alaska, and any records that would disclose the identity of any of the people with whom David Chaney met at any bagel shop in Alaska.
7. Any documents that refer or relate to the days that David Chaney was assigned to guard Sarah Palin.
8. Any documents that refer or relate to any Facebook posts of David Chaney that refer or relate to Sarah Palin.
9. Any documents that refer or relate to any use of prostitutes by David Chaney.
10. Any documents that refer or relate to any illegal activities, or those activities that could potentially be illegal, of Todd Palin.
11. Any documents that refer or relate to monies paid by David Chaney for any services rendered in Alaska while on assignment to guard Sarah Palin.
12. Any documents that refer or relate to any disciplinary action taken by anyone against David Chaney.
13. Any documents that refer or relate to any sums of money paid by, or charged to, David Chaney for prostitution services.
14. Any documents that refer or relate to any sums of money paid by, or charged to David Chaney for prostitution services.
The Government Answered by April 10th, 2015. Thus, more than five months have passed since the attorney for the Department of Justice has been involved in this suit, and there seems to be no indication that even after filing suit, that the Secret Service feels any need to comply with the law. There has been no attempt to produce any documents that relate to, among other things, (1) expense reports of David Chaney while on assignment in Alaska in the fall of 2008 (these might confirm Shailey Tripp’s report of a meeting in a bagel shop in Alaska) (2) the investigation of Merek Shaffer, the agent assigned to investigate the allegations of Shailey Tripp regarding Todd Palin’s introduction of her to David Chaney, the Secret SErvice agent assigned to guard Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign, and (3) any documents that refer or identify the ” ongoing enforcement proceedings” which was asserted as the reason for non-production of responsive documents. If the “ongoing enforcement proceeding” was a defense to producing documents, and if it was legitimate, then the documents related to same should be readily identifiable and available. They should have been the first documents produced. Nothing has been produced. The only logical conclusion is that A.T. Smith lied.
When the suit was filed, the government asserted that I was responsible for their attorneys fees incurred in defending this suit. In fact the government employs attorneys in the department of justice who defend this type of suit as part of their regular responsibilities. Additionally there is no case or statute that gives rise the the right of the government to collect their fees even if they win a FOIA suit. Thus the assertion of a claim for attorneys fees against me was purely for the purpose of intimidation.
Make no mistake. The suggestion that the Obama administration would be the most transparent ever is a joke. This is the actual mandate issued by President Obama hours after his inauguration:
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
“The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday began a two-day hearing into the extraordinary ways the Obama Administration keeps undermining the Freedom of Information Act. Enacted in 1966, FOIA allows anyone to request information about any matter from a federal agency. The agency has 20 business days to respond (10 more in unusual circumstances), and the bar is set deliberately high for what government may withhold or redact.
Most Administrations play games with FOIA, but the Obama White House has turned stonewalling into an art form. A favorite tactic is to ignore or string out the requests. That’s what State did in Mrs. Clinton’s case, claiming it simply couldn’t get around to issuing her emails until next year. A court order was needed to get it to move, and that’s typical across the Administration.
FOIA request backlogs have more than doubled since President Obama took office. The feds received 714,231 FOIA requests in fiscal 2014, and nearly 160,000 weren’t processed within the legal time limit, up 67% from fiscal 2013.
Another trick is to impose sky-high fees. Under FOIA, certain groups (media, educational) are exempt from most fees, so agencies have taken to denying them their legitimate categorizations. The Department of Homeland Security is currently in court for having denied a research institute at Syracuse University educational status, which could cost the institute more than $100,000 for a FOIA request.
Most disturbing are examples of destroying or hiding information. FOIA requests are supposed to be handled by specific FOIA staff as a guard against political types hiding information. Yet the Journal reported in May that Mrs. Clinton’s longtime aide, Cheryl Mills, interfered with FOIA staff at State, at times blocking the release of politically sensitive documents.” Regardless of your feelings about Hillary’s e-mails, the public has a need to know and the failure to ensure openness in government does a disservice to our democracy.
In conclusion, I am sorry to report that the filing of suit seems to have had no effect on the government’s perception of its responsibility to produce documents. The inescapable conclusion I have reached is that the documents requested must be damaging to someone, or they would have been produced by now. Even if they confirm that Todd Palin was a pimp, there may be additional democrats implicated in the information. If the Secret Service looks worse than it already does, then the Obama administration may be hesitant to release these records. The unmistakable conclusion that I have reached is that the documents should have been produced, and that every means possible has been used to attempt to thwart producing these documents. Perhaps when a judge considers this matter he will be as amazed as I.
In the spirit of Rush Limbaugh, who can make reference to liberals as “f’ing retards”, with little or no apology, I submit this e-mail. In effort to appeal to the “common sense” of everyone who might read this e-mail, please understand that I wrote this e-mail, it is completely fabricated and untrue. Even though some politicians seem to take pride in telling untruths, I am not a politician, and thus desire full disclosure. I am being deliberately sarcastic and irreverent. Todd never wrote this e-mail to Sarah. It is a figment of my imagination. I am only imagining what Todd might say to Sarah, if they ever communicated. Since I am not sure if Sarah reads anything, I feel fairly secure that I will not offend her. In conclusion, if you are one of the few Palin supporters who do read, STOP NOW! DO NOT READ FURTHER!
It’s been a long time since you were home, so I thought I would send you an update on what’s going on around here.
That damn tax office continues to send me bills for property tax on the two cabins in the woods. Should I continue to send the notices to Sean, or is there someone in the Governor’s office that wouldn’t be so high-profile who might take care of this problem?
The snow-mobile team has had some unexpected expenses, so we could use another sponsor. Do you think you could do just one more commercial for the team?
I just heard that NPR is reporting that you have made $12,000,000.00 since quitting your position as Governor. F’ing A!! Way to go Sarah! I am so proud that I would like to find an appropriate way to express my appreciation. In honor of your accomplishment, I have ordered a pink snowmobile for you, complete with your name engraved on the handlebars and a fur seat to keep you warm. Who would have though that someone like me with just a high school diploma and you with the limited education could have made so much money? The economy sure hasn’t been bad for us!
The lawyer in Diana’s burglary case got an agreement to postpone the sentencing part of the trial, but because burglary is a felony, she might be in the pen a long time, so make as much as you can as fast as you can.
Honey, I know you quit being the Governor when your approval ratings had dropped to an all time low of 54%. Now I know it’s probably not true because your hair looked so good last week at the rally, but if you can believe anything the Washington Post reports, it seems the majority of the people around the entire country don’t like you any more. Some 41% of people surveyed STRONGLY disapprove of you. I think they are just ugly, jealous, idiots.
You were right to do the bowling convention in Las Vegas, because they will pay your fee, and I am worried it will be harder and harder to find people to pay you, especially when they know how much you have made in the last few months. Maybe while you are in Vegas, you might get a list of conventions to be held there, so we can contact the organizers. For some reason, they seem to like you in Las Vegas.
Oh, Pastor Muthee says that the reason you lost the election was that you didn’t pray hard enough. I think he assumed, like so many others, that you cared about the people of Alaska. Now he has seen the light, but he warned me that you should be careful of witches at this time of the year. They tend to come out in the warm weather. I know you have been on the road a lot so you couldn’t get to church, but maybe you could just write a letter to yourself in God’s voice, and tell yourself what God would want you to know.
Trig rode his tricycle on the Road to Nowhere yesterday, so if anyone says that this road was a total waste of taxpayer money, tell them they are wrong. Trig loved it! Although, I forgot to put a coat or hat on him and he got sick. You have been gone so long that when Trig woke up during the night with an ear infection, he called Bristol “mom”.
Speaking of Bristol, she is still without a boyfriend, so we can stick to the story that she is still a born again virgin, but Alaska is experiencing double digit increase in teen birth rates. I was thinking you or Bristol might be prime candidates to do commercials for home pregnancy test kits.
Piper’s teacher is still saying that Piper is going to be held back a year in school because of all the school she has missed. I reminded her you were the Governor, and she reminded me that you resigned.
I took Willow hunting in ANWR, and we killed all the caribou we could find, so hopefully there will no longer be anything for those tree huggers to complain about. Besides who ever heard of a “refuge” for wild animals?
About caribou, I know you gave out teriyaki caribou jerky in New Orleans to all your friends, so if your supply is running low, don’t worry our curing shed is so full that we don’t have room for even one more carcass.
I can’t wait for you to get home. Your tanning bed looks so lonely without you. I even got you a welcome home present. I was at Wal-Mart the other day and their visors were on sale. I thought of you. I am glad you are cost conscious, but you really don’t have to wear the one with John’s name marked out anymore. I got you three; one that was green, one was purple, and the other had baby polar bears in the ocean with no place to climb out.
One last thing, I know you will be in Dallas the end of the month, so you might look up Malia Litman while you are there. She wrote a book about you, so I know the two of you might enjoy hunting together, I think they do that a lot in Texas. I bet you could show Malia how to field dress a cow.
The Stay-At-Home-Dad-First-Dude-Bristol-Bay-Fisherman-North-Slope–Worker-Iron Dog-Champion- Father –to-most-of-your-children, Todd
The Palin family seems to have difficulty understanding the meaning of words, not words that might be unfamiliar to most adults, but words like “rogue” and “virgin”. For example, “rogue” is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “a wandering beggar or tramp; a vagabond…a rascal or scoundrel.” Either Sarah doesn’t understand what that word means, or she was rather foolish to refer to herself by that word. Bristol seems to have the same limitation, referring to herself as a “born-again-virgin.” http://www.examiner.com/x-30616-LA-African-American-Conservative-Examiner~y2010m1d24-Bristol-Palin-is-now-a-born-again-Virgin. Webster defines “virgin” as a young woman who has never had sexual intercourse. Either Bristol has previously had sexual intercourse or her baby was the result of an immaculate conception.
Sarah Palin has just announced that she will be coming to Dallas in April to raise money for the purchase of a beautiful white colonial style house, complete with black shutters, which is featured on the website, Palin4Life.com. I had the impression from the website that this home would provide a place for unwed mothers to live during their pregnancy. However after great effort, I have learned that this organization does not even provide housing for teenagers who are pregnant, and certainly isn’t focused upon pregnant girls in Dallas of limited financial means.
Caroline Klein of the Downtown Pregnancy Center (the organization that Palin purports to benefit by her appearance at this dinner), confirms that the house is not intended to provide a place to live for ANY teenager who is pregnant. The purported reason for the Uptown location is to meet the needs of Southern Methodist University (SMU) college students. For those readers who don’t live in Dallas, SMU is located within Highland Park, which is home to some of Dallas’ wealthiest people. The current facility run by the Downtown Pregnancy Center is not staffed by a medical doctor and the current facility does not provide contraceptive services or abortion services. Services it does provide consist only of pregnancy testing, sonograms, and they provide “counseling services” to pregnant teens regarding options of adoption, keeping the baby, and abortion, but they refuse to provide any reference to any clinics that perform abortions.
By limiting contraceptives and education regarding them, we are necessarily increasing the national debt by promoting dependent mothers and children. Palin has made hundreds of thousands of dollars speaking to right-to-life organizations, yet her grandchild, the product of an unmarried teenage pregnancy, receives health care through public assistance. The hypocrisy of this gesture is enough to induce morning sickness.
Consider the fact that Texas teens lead the nation in having babies, as reported by the Dallas Morning News, Nov. 5th 2007. Texas’ policy is to deny contraceptives without parental consent wherever possible and to push an abstinence-only sex education program. Compare Texas to California where teen birth rate dropped by 47% during the same period where the state teaches abstinence, but also explains contraception at school, and provides birth control to teenagers free, without parental consent required. Ibid. The United States has one of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy in the industrialized world, which translates into over 3,000,000 unintended pregnancies each year. http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/state_data/states/texas.html. In Texas 18% of women aged 15-44 have incomes below the federal poverty level and 33% of women in this age group are uninsured. Ibid. In 2005 a mere 464 publically funded family planning clinics in Texas provided contraceptive care to 540,620 women, including 138,050 sexually active teenagers. Every public dollar spent on family planning services saves the federal government three dollars in Medicare costs for prenatal and newborn care. Ibid. Given the efforts Palin has devoted to talking about the federal deficit, it seems she would be in favor doing anything we can to limit the federal funds spent on Medicare.
The most appalling thing to me about this entire event is that Palin is obviously doing this for the publicity. Yet Palin supporters seem to view her as a noble, virtuous, and the champion of the right to life movement. The reality is dramatically different. Palin herself was pregnant before she married. Her oldest daughter had a baby as a teenager, had difficulty completing high school due to the pregnancy, and now lives with her parents, upon whom she and her child are dependent. Lynn Vincent, the ghost writer of Palin’s book, has publically admitted that she had an abortion.
Other observations and questions related to this event include:
1. You may purchase a Bronze seat for dinner at this fundraiser for $1000.00; Silver seating, dinner, attendance at the VIP reception, and receive a program listing for $10,000.00; Gold seating is $25,000 for two seats, the VIP reception, and program listing; and if you are either really wealthy, or very foolish, you can purchase 4 Platinum seats for $75,000.00. Why wouldn’t you purchase two tickets separately and save $5000.00? Do they just think the people paying for these tickets are just too stupid to figure out the best way to buy the ticket, or are those involved with organizing this event just not very adept at using a calculator?
2. Maybe Palin is coming back to Texas because she is pregnant again. At least this time she will be on a private jet so if she gives birth on the plane the other passengers will be people she knows.
3. The website will only accommodate the purchase by one person of 30 $1000.00 tickets, 20 Silver or Gold tickets, and only a single Platinum ticket. I think if you want to buy more than one Platinum ticket, it would only be fair that you be allowed to do so.
4. Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Observer inquired about whether this organization was listed as a 501(c) (3) organization, and so far the organization is not listed on the IRS’s Publication 78 Web site. See, www.dallasobserver.com. I too called the IRS this morning, and consulted the IRS web site and there is currently no listing for a 503c (3) organization known as Palin4Life. Since Tom Leppert, the mayor, is going to introduce Palin, I consulted with the mayor’s office and “Ashley” with Mr. Leppert’s office didn’t know anything about the event.
Abortion is an emotional issue for many. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that if you want to prevent abortions and limit the national debt the best way to do both is to provide family planning services to teenagers. The house for which Palin purports to be raising money doesn’t provide a place to live for pregnant teens, it doesn’t provide contraceptives, and it doesn’t provide referrals to girls who might want to opt for an abortion. When so many teenage girls in Texas need help preventing unwanted pregnancies, and facilitating their independence, it seems a total waste of money to focus on buying a home to serve as a center for girls who attend SMU, and who probably already have the financial means to get the services they might need.
Bristol may have become a celebrity due to the notoriety of her mother. This is the 21st century. Ninety-five percent of people in the United States have pre-marital sex. It is so common that it has been described as “universal”. http://www.guttmacher.org/media/nr/2006/12/19/index.html It’s time to accept that in the real world, there are no born-again-virgins.