Justice Department Refuses to Release Interpretation of NDAA


P.A.N.D.A. People Against The NDAA
June 8, 2013

In April of 2012, Matt Ehling, President of Public Record Media, LLC, made a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the Obama Administration’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), which is part of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Ehling requested the administration’s legal opinions and notes about subsections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which are the parts of the NDAA involved in much public controversy and litigation since 2001. The FOIA mandates the OLC respond within twenty days.

At first, the OLC said they would not respond in the time period allowed because of all the other requests for information made to them, but would reply as soon as possible. Ehling asked how long that might be. They said maybe in a few months, but couldn’t guarantee it. When questioned further, the OLC refused…

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