April 12, 2021

The Pentagon FOIA (UAP) Scandal: Thoughts from researchers and journalists


As reported, the bombshell articles from Mark Cecotti and Adam Keyhoe about the Pentagon’s public affairs office taking charge over the freedom of information act office with specific regard to UAP requests have caused extreme controversy. Not only are we seeing something highly unethical and immoral, we ‘potentially’ are seeing something outside of established law.

Naturally, people wanting answers from UAP information from government are outraged with the hashtag #MakeNoComment now trending across the research community.

Here below are some of the reactions from two of the leading voices. Tim McMillan and John Greenewald.

First of all, PAO’s *do not* have carte blanche to dictate and guide public messaging. As frustrated as I’ve been with them, people like Susan Gough don’t have the authority to single handedly guide messaging.
Instead, these incredibly cumbersome and ineffective processes. Any agency or bureau who has stake in a subject must clear statements before it can be publicly made.

Agencies are incredibly protective over their equities, and they’re constantly trying to make sure someone isn’t treading on their turf. None, of these differing agencies, or even the Assistant Secretary for PA can just commission a public statement by themselves.

However, it only takes one of them to kill a public message. Things that would take hours in the private business world take days, weeks, and months in the government.

Even if something gets approved by all of the various hands in the game, you have something call the “reclama process.” With this, even *after* a decision has been made, approved and cleared by a principle, anyone can cry “reclama” meaning they formally request an approved decision be overturned.
What this illustrates is something @ChristopherKMe4 and @LueElizondo have complained about for some time, which is the UAPTF or UAP topic in general, lacks a centralized joint forces command and “teeth” to get anything done on the subject. Consider all of the differing players that could have equities in the game when it comes to UAP: @usairforce, @USNavy, @USArmy, @SpaceForceDoD, @DefenseIntel, @NatReconOfc, @ENERGY, @NSAGov, @CIA, @FBI, @DHSgov to name a few and that’s just an example of some of the branches (which don’t even all fall under the same departments) and doesn’t even account for the sprawling number of offices who might have skin in the game.
My biggest concern with these incidents that have recently come to light is, yet again, we have @DeptofDefense public affairs officials discussing handling of the FOIA process. PA is well within their authority to request notification prior to the release of certain records, however, agencies or departments *cannot* dictate the application of 5 USC 552 and federal law.

They are mandated to adhere to law, not create it, interpret it or choose how to apply it. In emails obtained by @ddeanjohnson, we’ve previously seen PAO saying at that time they were not choosing to officially release the 3 videos leaked in 2017. Indeed, they did ultimately release them last year, however, this was within weeks after I published the USAF OSI report showing that in early 2018 it had already been officially determined the videos were not classified and did not reveal anything that would meet the exceptions outlined by E.O. 13526.

Essentially, by their own admissions, a year later in 2019, @DeptofDefense PAO was acknowledging they were purposefully and unlawfully withholding information. Had this been involving anything other than UAP, @CNN, @FoxNews, @MSNBC, @washingtonpost, @nytimes, @theintercept, etc. would have been raining down news-Hell fire upon the DoD. But instead, the response was: “meh…” Instead, you have a small handful of people, like our lowly start-up @Debriefmedia, who are saying “Wait a minute!

This isn’t just about UFOs or UAP! This is about freedom of press, trust in government, and adherence to law.” So my question for @SecDef, @kath_hicks, @DoD_IG, @JoeBiden, @VP, @KamalaHarris, @WhiteHouse, @ODNIgov, @PentagonPresSec is what you allow,you approve.

Why should the public have faith and trust in the statements you want to share, ie COVID response, eradicating sexual violence/harassment and extremism in the military, if there’s an absolute disregard for intervening and answering the questions you clearly don’t want to answer, but the public overwhelmingly asks?

Right now, you can get by in saying this was failures in the previous executive administration, but the clock is ticking. Failure to adequately address these concerns will show the narrow-sighted disregard for underlying social sentiment and history.

Lest we forget, no matter how silly it may seem to some, the idea of the USG covering-up UFOs is a longstanding theme used by people like William Cooper, whose “Behold a Pale Horse,” would go on to inspire people like Timothy McVeigh. It’ll easily become fodder and a gateway drug for the next “Q” movement and become a new grey-zone weapon gifted to foreign adversaries. It’ll end up being 2016 all over again and you’ll be wondering “Where were the signs?”
Tim Mcmillan 14/03/2021

“But should the FOIA process be “controlled” by those more concerned with optics, rather than Freedom of Information? Should the Public Affairs office of an agency invade the FOIA office of the same, in an attempt to control the release of information? Such a scenario may seem like a clear intrusion on the rights afforded to the public by the law, but a newly released document obtained via the FOIA reveals that at least with one topic, they are doing just that.”

John Greenewald 14/03/2021

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