Media Organizations File Brief In White House Logs FOIA Case
May 17, 2012 at 3:58 AM (PT)
The NAB and the RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION have joined with NPR, BLOOMBERG, CBS, DOW JONES, GANNETT, the WASHINGTON POST, MCCLATCHY, the NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COALITION, the NEWSPAPER GUILD -- CWA, and the REPORTERS COMMITTEE FOR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS in filing an amicus curae brief supporting JUDICIAL WATCH's Freedom of Information case opening WHITE HOUSE visitor logs to availability through the Act.
The brief asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA circuit to uphold a lower court ruling in favor of JUDICIAL WATCH's position. JUDICIAL WATCH was denied access to the logs and records by the SECRET SERVICE in 2009, claiming that the material fell not under the category of agency records but were Presidential records not subject to the FOIA.
The friend-of-the-court brief filed by the media organizations tells the court that the SECRET SERVICE's position would reduce the amount of information available to the media and public and would hamper the ability to assess government conduct. It also argues that any national security issues could better be handled under FOIA exceptions in each individual case when necessary.