In my recent item re: the Martin Luther King Records Act, I mentioned the CIA’s resistance to the lawsuit over their refusal to release all records pertinent to JFK’s assassination. I said that the Agency was fighting “tooth and nail” against that effort.
Well, it turns out I was wrong–because the CIA had lately won its case when I sent out that email:
Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has found for the CIA in journalist Jefferson Morley’s quest for records about former CIA employee George Joannides. The case was before the court after it had previously been remanded by the D.C. Court of Appeals in 2008.
The court found that the CIA had properly searched for records after the remand of the case and also approved of the withholdings made pursuant to FOIA exemptions 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 as well as the use of glomar for other records. Morley did receive a number of documents upon the remand search, but he sought more in opposing the CIA’s motion for summary judgment.
It is likely that Morley will appeal this decision.
The decision can be found here: Download Morley: http://thefoiablog.typepad.com/files/morley.pdf
Now, if I didn’t have a friend who happens to be up on all of this, I never would have known about this legal victory by the Agency–whose efforts to suppress the truth succeed so well because our “free press” so obligingly ignores them.