Public records laws in the United States were put in place to keep the workings of the government transparent. In theory, the public has a right to access certain types of communications and documents after they are seen as not being an immediate threat to things like national security.
Getting access to the records requires a written request. The requests cover things like who the messages originated from or the subject covered. This type of request cannot be used as intended when parts of the federal government take efforts to hide information. An example of this occurred as a media source uncovered the use of fake names on official Department of Justice (DOJ) emails and over the course of doing business. President Barack Obama supported his second Attorney General Loretta Lynch as she hid behind a fake name. The phony name allowed Lynch to openly mastermind a new and evolving Muslim network.
Using an alias means the records that should be available to the public as requested just do not exist. It would be nearly impossible even to know what type of documents to ask for since the name used on the records does not line up with anyone on staff.
Lynch was able to keep her name out of several sensitive discussions by merely using a fake email account for official DOJ business. The fact that this phony account was used to communicate with other team members points to the fact that this was common knowledge as well.
Lynch hid in plain view as her alter ego, Elizabeth Carlisle. This name was attached to official emails coming from Lynch’s official work email account. This allowed her to work mostly hidden from the public and left no real accountability to those who she serves.
On the surface, the SCN was supposed to rally local communities to fight extremist activities and stop terrorism. In reality, they took extreme measure to make sure it was not naming any one religion or group as being a source of terrorist activities.
This primarily takes the Muslim piece out of any talk about jihadist.
Not being able to talk about radical Islamic beliefs with regard to terrorist activities essentially stopped the SCN from actually combating terrorism.
It became a way for Muslims to come into a community and overtake it without thought to the local population or any other cultural group.
Lynch took extreme measures to protect the Muslim agenda as part of the SCN. She did so by hiding behind emails sent by Carlisle. This issue was discovered as a news company started to investigate the SCN back in 2015.
The watch group requested all materials about the DOJ and the SCN. This included analytic type work, emails and other official documents tied to the business.
It would make sense that Lynch should play a significant role in the DOJ treatment of the SCN since she had come out as the spokesperson of sorts for the organization during a speech on September 29, 2015.
This idea quickly fell apart as the search requested by the watch group came back with zero entries.
This means virtually, any work that Lynch did with regard to the SCN just did not exist. The materials did in fact exist, but she was allowed to manipulate the system to hide them.
Using the fake email address and the name, any work Lynch did related to the SCN was not searchable.
While American’s have the right to request access to this type of information, hiding behind a made-up cast of fake emails means this access right was easy to take away from them.
Not only were the materials hidden from a request for information, but the agency searching also made no effort to share this fact.
It is disheartening that someone like Lynch was given tools to work around the law. It is even more unsettling to make a note of the fact that this is not the first time this shady counter-measure was used.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deployed a similar approach to shelter employees from the laws covering access to information to the public.
Lisa Jackson, while serving as Obama’s EPA administrator, enjoyed the cover of her male alter-ego named Richard Windsor. Jackson seemed to make a game out of being above the law when it came to the Windsor name.
Jackson used his name to hide emails, and also attended required agency computer training as Windsor.
After having a bit too much fun using the Windsor name, Jackson eventually left the EPA. She resigned as the story broke about her using a fake email address within the EPA.