Securing your security deposit

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MUSKEGON, Mich. — Transferring from a rental unit can become a ‘he said, she said’ scenario when the renter is accused of causing harm, whether or not that is true. There are steps a renter [and landlord] can take to make sure everybody is treated fairly starting as soon as the renter first goes in.

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National Security Council (NSC). Betrayal

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“Believe you can grab me?”

Judicial Watch today announced that the National Security Council (NSC) on May 23, 2017, informed it by correspondence that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential effort or transition team” have been removed into the Obama Library.

The NSC won’t fulfill an April 4 Judicial Watch request for records regarding information regarding individuals “who have been identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.”

The bureau also informed Judicial Watch that it wouldn’t turn over communications with any Intelligence Community member or bureau concerning the alleged Russian participation in the 2016 presidential elections; the hacking of DNC computers; or the suspected communications involving Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials. Specifically, the NSC informed Judicial Watch:

Documents in the Obama administration have been moved into the Barack Obama Presidential Library.   You will send your request to the Obama Library.   However, you must be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, Presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office.

Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) April 4 ask sought:

1.) All requests for information, analyses, summaries, evaluations, transcripts, or similar records submitted to some Intelligence Community member agency or some other official, employee, or agent thereof by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice regarding, concerning, or associated with the following:

  • Any actual or suspected attempt by the Russian authorities or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian authorities to influence or otherwise interfere with the 2016 presidential elections.
  • The alleged hacking of computer programs utilized by the Democratic National Committee or the Clinton presidential campaign.
  • Any actual or suspected communication between any part of the Trump presidential effort or transition team and any official or employee of the Russian authorities or any individual acting on behalf of the Russian authorities.
  • The identities of U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential transition or campaign team who had been clinically identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.

2.) All records or responses received by former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and/or any member, employee, staff member, or agent of the National Security Council in response to any request described in part 1 of the request.

3.) All records of communication involving any official, employee, or agent of the Department of any Intelligence Community member bureau and former National Security Advisor Susan Rice and/or any member, employee, staff member, or representative of the National Security Council regarding, concerning, or associated with any request described in Part 1 of the request.

The time period for this request was January 1, 2016, to the April 4, 2017.

While admitting   in its own FOIA request that “we are cognizant of the finding by the Court of Appeals … that [the NSC] “does not exercise sufficiently independent ability to be an ‘agency’ for purposes of the Freedom of Information Act,” Judicial Watch argued:

The records sought in this request pertain to action by the former National Security Advisor that show a much greater degree of individual authority than was contemplated by the court; specifically, the issuance of directives into the Intelligence Community associated with the handling of classified national security information…

The current revelations of the use of Susan Rice in the unmasking the titles of U.S. citizens identified in the class of intelligence collection activities and the potential that her actions contributed to the unauthorized disclosure of classified national security information are matters of great public interest.

Judicial Watch has filed six FOIA lawsuits linked to the surveillance, unmasking, and also prohibited leaking targeting President Trump and his associates (view here, here, here, here, here and here).

“Prosecutors, Congress, and the people will want to know when the National Security Council shipped off the records about potential intelligence abuses by the Susan Rice and many others at the Obama White House into the memory hole of their Obama Presidential Library,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.   “We’re considering our legal options however we hope that the Special Counsel and Congress likewise consider their choices and get these records.”