FBI’s Corruption Exposed Again: Judge Rules Agency Improperly Withheld Info – Must Release Seth Rich’s Laptop
Once again, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been exposed as the criminal, unconstitutional agency that it is that should be abolished as the latest ruling from US District Judge Amos L. Mazzant has ruled they must release Seth Rich’s laptop after claiming they could not find 20,000 pages of documents.
“Under Exemptions 6 and 7(C), the FBI withheld the contents of Seth Rich’s personal laptop in their entirety,” wrote Judge Mazzant. “The FBI argues this withholding was proper because Seth Rich’s survivors have a privacy interest in preventing the public release of this information that outweighs the public’s interest in disclosure.”
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“It does not appear that any courts within the Fifth Circuit have previously considered whether the deceased or family members of the deceased have a privacy interest under FOIA,” he added. “However, courts outside of the Fifth Circuit have considered the issue. In general, courts have recognized that the “privacy interest in nondisclosure of identifying information may be diminished where the individual is deceased. Schrecker v. D.O.J., 349 F.3d 657, 661 (D.C. Cir. 2003)”
The judge continued, “That said, while ‘the death of the subject of personal information does diminish to some extent the privacy interest in that information, [ ] it by no means extinguishes that interest.’ Wessler v. D.O.J., 381 F. Supp. 3d 253, 259 (S.D.N.Y. 2019). Thus, although ‘the deceased by definition cannot personally suffer the privacy-related injuries that may plague the living,’ there are certain ‘reputational interests and family-related privacy expectations [that] survive death.’ Campbell, 164 F.3d at 33–34.”
The judge then concluded the following:
The Government’s search in this case was far from perfect. Had it not been for Huddleston’s persistence, it is likely that the Government’s failure to locate over 20,000 pages of potentially responsive records would have gone unnoticed. Nonetheless, as the law currently stands, a government agency can fail to locate thousands of pages of responsive documents, and yet still be in compliance with its obligations under FOIA so long as the agency’s search was “adequate.” That is the case here. While the Government initially failed to locate over 20,000 pages of potentially responsive records, the Government’s search this time around was reasonably calculated to discover the documents Huddleston requested. And despite his efforts to do so, Huddleston was unable to present compelling evidence to the contrary. Without such evidence, the Government’s search in this case is considered adequate under the law. Accordingly, the Government is entitled to summary judgment on this issue.
Further, with the exception of information related to Seth Rich’s laptop, the Court finds the Government properly withheld or redacted information responsive to Huddleston’s requests in accordance with the FOIA’s exemptions. With regard to Seth Rich’s laptop, the Court finds the Government improperly withheld this information under FOIA Exemptions 6 and 7(C).
It is, therefore, ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt. #39) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.
Rich was at the center of controversy concerning the Wikileaks Democrat National Convention’s email leaks right around the time of his murder, which still has zero evidence of being a random robbery, but lots of tale tell signs of being a hit.
Knowing how these things have worked in the past, the public still won’t see the 20,000 pages. Either they will refuse to turn them over, sort of like the Hunter Biden laptop contents or they will be so redacted that they will be worthless.
At least the judge ruled correctly and this is just another reason the FBI, along with all of DC should be abolished by the states that created it.
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