Fighting for Information from DHS

Friday, December 06, 2013

Transcript

The Electronic Privacy Information Center just won a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, requiring the federal agency to release documents about the so-called "internet kill switch." Bob speaks with EPIC's Julia Horwitz about the lengthy battle with DHS, and the difficulty in getting information out of the notoriously opaque agency.

Guests:

Julia Horwitz

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [2]

J. Jack Andrade, TSC from Rhode Island

I've listened to the segment on DHS and FOIA issues. My interest is because we have an opportunity to go further than one government department. We can 'record' and quantify the constituent sentiment.

Unfortunately, this idea and process could be a double-edged sword; our Founding Fathers (and Mothers) warned against populists' rule. To paraphrase 'Jurassic Park', "just because we can do it, should we?"

I've published a possible process of forcing congress to bend to the will of the people on my website. One night, after the Citizen's United decision, I saw the need and the solution.

If interested, I outline the process at thundermist.com, and then click on the 'Democracy' link. Thanks for listening.

Dec. 08 2013 07:54 AM
Doug Guerdat

What is a surprise is the lack of interest by the Senate, which also has an equally important voice in overseeing DHS as the House of Representatives. Granted, landlocked States may not have many constituents affected by DHS customs and boarder policies but there are many States with points of entry where Customs operate. Two States that would have the most interaction with Customs policies is a function of their unique geographic location. New York State is one because of the New York City as a international entry point for travelers and also because of its shared boarder with Canada. New York State has multiple entry points from Buffalo to the Vermont State line where Customs officials operate. The State of Washington shares a similar geography with Canada and also functions as an international entry point. Perhaps the four Senators from these two States have the most investment to ensure constituents are treated fairly and equally and should also hear from citizens who believe they have not been treated properly by customs officers.

Dec. 07 2013 08:00 AM

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