For anyone just joining us, I have documented the history of the FOIA lawsuit pending in Federal Court in Dallas. Here is the most recent article. Here are the articles that set out the history of the reports on the suit:
- Part I: Relevant Background
- Part II: The Secret Service an Agency in Crisis: One Employee’s Account
- Part III: Notice to the Congressional Oversight Committee
- Part IV: Telling Lies is Part of the Culture of the Secret Service
- Part V: The Deception of David Chaney and the Secret Service
- Part VI: Critical Documents Still Missing in the FOIA Suit
- Part VII: Two Pages that Highlight the Culture of Corruption
It was Feb 27th that the Court ordered production of all records responsive to my FOIA requests. Pursuant to the Court order, the documents had to be produced within 60 days. Thus the Secret Service was required to produce responsive documents by the end of April. Following the production of documents by the Secret Service, the attorney for the Secret Service filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, asking for an Order from the Court dismissing them from the case. The basis for the motion was the assertion that they had now accounted for all responsive records, and thus there was no further reason for them to remain in the suit. As part of that motion the Secret Service stated:
“…the agency conducted an adequate search and produced all records to which Plaintiff is entitled under the FOIA.”
“Due to the volume of materials involved in Plaintiff’s requests, USSS determined that the materials would have to be reviewed, processed, and released on a rolling basis, and USSS worked diligently to complete these steps. “
“Ultimately, after all of the potentially responsive records received from the various divisions and offices were reviewed, it was determined that 6,440 pages of records and a number of video tapes subject to FOIA were responsive to Plaintiff’s requests. USSS processed all of these materials under FOIA. “
Approximately 2,526 pages were withheld in their entirety from release pursuant to FOIA Exemptions 1, 5, 6, 7(C), and 7(E).”
“This release completes USSS’s response to Plaintiff’s.”
“… when the agency’s declarations are reasonably specific and when there is no contradictory evidence in the record or evidence of agency bad faith, summary judgment should be granted.”
The Court required no in-camera inspection of the 2,526 pages of documents withheld in their entirety, and granted the Summary Judgment dismissing the Secret Service from the suit. However the Office of Inspector General was still a party to the suit, and has been producing documents on a rolling basis, in spite of the Court Order requiring production by the end of April. Kristen Teal of the Office of Inspector General sent a letter dated June 17, 2016 indicating that “8,263 pages found in investigative and complaint files have been referred tot he U.S. Secret Service….USSS will review the referral and make their own determinations on responsiveness…They will then process the documents under the FOIA and respond to you directly.”
Thus, the Secret Service had identified 6440 documents that were responsive. They withheld 2526, in total. They produced only 3914. Given the OIG’s letter of the 17th it is now clear that there are at least another 1823 Secret Service documents that have not been produced, and no exemption has even been asserted. That brings the total to 4349 documents that have been withheld from production by the Secret Service. Given the fact that the documents related to events that occurred in 2012 or before, it is hard to imagine how so many documents could legitimately be withheld from production.
In December of 2015 Congress issued a report finding that Mark Sullivan, then the Director of the Secret Service, lied to Congress. Before testifying he took an oath to tell the truth. He is “retired” now drawing retirement benefits from the government, that we the US taxpayers are paying. He’s not in jail for perjury. He’s making more money off his security business “Global Security and Innovative Strategies (GSIS). The Company Mission & Story is reported as:
“Global Security and Innovative Strategies (GSIS) is a security consulting and business advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Our backgrounds in public safety and executive management provide the foundation for the work we do in security, government relations and business services. We are focued on providing the most innovative thinking and highest quality results for our clients.
GSIS was founded on four key principles: Experience, Innovation, Integrity and Results. For our Principals, Advisers, Associates and Analysts, these aren’t simply buzzwords. They are the way we do business.”
“Mark Sullivan was a Federal Law Enforcement Agent for nearly 35 years. Prior to becoming a Principal at GSIS, Mr. Sullivan was the Director of the United States Secret Service (USSS) beginning as an entry level field agent and ultimately serving in a variety of leadership roles in the organization for nearly 30 years. As an effective and strategic chief executive, Mr. Sullivan led high impact initiatives in criminal investigations and protective operations, strategic planning, threat assessment and risk management, human capital management, technology deployment, IT modernization and budget development and execution.”
He conveniently forgot to mention that he lied to Congress, proving that he lacks integrity, one of the four key principles of GSIS.