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My post today commenting on Palin forgetting Trig’s birthday appeared on the Internet at approximately 12:55 pm.
Almost thirty minutes later a post on Sarah Palin’s Facebook appeared. Sarah was wishing everyone a happy Easter and in a “PS” she mentioned “Happy Birthday” to Trig. The timing was priceless! I waited until two days AFTER Trig’s birthday to post anything thinking that if pictures were taken, or a party was planned it could have taken a few hours to process the pictures or post them on Facebook. Trig’s birthday was Friday. The “PS” post came today, coincidentally thirty minutes after I reminded Sarah that she forgot the special day of her special needs son. The fact that the mention of wishes for Trig’s “happy birthday” came only in a “PS”…afterthought…was clearly confirmation that Sarah DID forget Trig’s special day. More telling was the fact that she didn’t post a picture to advertise a cake, party, or presents. She was kissing Trig as he headed off to school on the bus.

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trig going to school kisses

While she mentioned he was taking treats to the kids at school to celebrate his special day, it surely wasn’t cupcakes or a birthday cake. It must have been something that could be transported in his backpack…maybe fruit roll ups or gummy bears. There were no pictures of an Easter Egg hunt, Easter baskets the kids got, or even a picture of the family dressed up for Easter Sunday services. Sarah’s shoes look more like slippers so this picture could have been taken any morning …and by whom? Notice how the picture is framed as if staged. The kiss that is given is also staged. Everyone knows that boys who are six years old hate mom giving a kiss. Everyone knows that when a mother drops her child off at school, or says goodbye, she gives him a HUG! Moreover this picture is taken not as Trig is getting out of the car, or while entering the school bus, or on the way down the sidewalk toward the bus, but as if the picture is staged with the picture being taken in front of the car where Sarah and Trig could pose for the camera. A hug in this context would have been a sign of affection. A kiss like this one is staged. The look on Trig’s face before the kiss is a clear sign he isn’t comfortable kissing this strange person. The turn of his foot is an indication of his level of discomfort with the charade. It’s like Sarah was posing in front of the green screen for a show.

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six brthday cake

What will be the theme of your birthday party? What kind of a cake would you like? How many kids will come? What is the gift you’d most like to get on your special day? These are the questions that fill the heads of five years olds across the country. Mothers of five year olds plan the party weeks in advance, and if they don’t personally decorate the cake, they find just the right bakery to supply that special cake on the 6th birthday.

In all the pictures we have seen of Trig, there has not been a single one with a birthday party, a birthday cake, or candles he blew out. We haven’t seen a picture of friends gathering around to sing to Trig, a picture of Trig opening that special present, or any candles he blew out on any birthday cake. Trig turned 6 years old on April 18th. Six years later, Sarah seems to have forgotten about that special day for Trig. She didn’t post even a note on her facebook
wishing Him a Happy Birthday, and explaining why mommy had to miss his special day.

The people at US4Palin are “not authorized by Gov. Palin, her staff or any other candidate or committee” but they remembered Trig’s birthday.

US4Palin posted pictures of Trig, taken near his birthday. Not one shows a birthday cake, candles, presents, or friends. The unbelievable thing is that for Trig’s 6th birthday, they didn’t seem to have a current picture of Trig. Recognizing that there remains a controversy about whether Trig’s birth mother is someone other than Sarah, the picture they posted for “Trig’s Birthday was a picture of the hospital where she supposedly gave birth. That’s a rather odd choice of pictures to post instead of the 6 yr old with his cake?

Todd wished Trig a happy 6th birthday, and posted this picture.

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Funny thing is that this picture looks so much like the one posted on Trig’s 5th birthday.

The Palins used to post pictures of Trig on his birthday. No there are no pictures to be found of Trig with either parent.
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trig third birthday

What was Todd thinking? Of course we wouldn’t forget that picture of Trig waving because of the position of his boot(it appears Todd is holding it, and Trig doesn’t have it on)!!! What a great way to celebrate the special needs of a child on his 6th birthday, with his mother gone, his father using a picture that is a year old, and the only picture posted by anyone for his special day is a picture of the hospital where he was allegedly born, to his alleged mother who used to be the Governor, and who used to pose in pictures with him. No party, no presents, no mother, no cake, no candles, no celebration of life!

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trig second birthday

trig march 2013

trig jan 7, 2014


As Palin jets around the country campaigning for candidates in some of the most conservative states, we wonder what happened to her young children Piper and Trig. The Republican Party is also wondering what happened to the woman they promoted to one of the highest positions in politics and is responsible for her national presence. When she’s not filming with the producers of Amazing America she will be visiting in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa.

The most telling endorsement and choice of candidates she’ll be supporting is Mr. Sasse. Sasse is running in the primary against Shane Osborn, a Navy Pilot, who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic service.
Mr. Osborn is not only a conservative, but a Distinguished member of the military. The message is that Sarah Palin values the military when it suits her purpose, and at no other time.

Democrats thanked John McCain for ensuring the election of Barack Obama in 2008. Democrats will thank her once again for splitting the conservative vote and electing Democrats once again to the Senate, the House, this year, and Hillary in 2016.


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Survival of five episodes of “Amazing America with Sarah Palin” is an arduous task, but someone had to do it. As I watched the fifth episode, I have several observations to share.

Sarah Palin is the host, reading off a teleprompter.

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In all but the first episode, she has not been a participant or person to meet the Amazing Americans on whom she reports. In the first episode she fell off the sled as she yelled “I love my life.” Obviously she didn’t love being thrown from the sled, so she must have loved the idea that she didn’t have to participate in anything else amazing about America. She could sit in front of her green screen, reading what was written by someone else. She made her money by being the narrator, telling someone else’s story, in words written by someone else. Nothing in the show that involves Sarah Palin is spontaneous or genuinely Sarah. Nothing she says requires any thought by Sarah, since she is simply reading a script. The men visiting the amazing Americans who are featured, have to interact and be spontaneous. If Sarah misreads the teleprompter she can re-take that portion of the filming.

An American Flag is superimposed behind Sarah during the narration. The only thing that changes is her clothes. In one appearance she is wearing a camouflage jacket with the zipper unzipped to expose a large portion of her chest. In another appearance she is wearing a zippered pink top, also with a large portion of her chest exposed.

The contrast between Sarah and the three men who are cast to go out to meet the Amazing Americans, is extreme. It is as if the producer of the show tried to identify his target audience, and find men with whom members of his audience could relate.

“Jerry” is a 60-ish balding man who is overweight, and laughs a lot.

jerry amazing america

Barry is a young man of 30-35 years of age. He wears jeans with holes, long sleeve shirts with the cuffs not buttoned, a baseball cap, and has a beard that is not long enough to be called a beard, and not short enough to be fashionable. The hair that hangs out of the back of the ball cap is evidence that Barry is not a “long hair” but that he clearly doesn’t work in corporate America where he might have to be concerned with his appearance.

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Mark Christopher Lawrence is an overweight black man who appears to be 45-50. Thus the staff has covered all age ranges of men who would likely be watching, and has appealed to a diverse group of men.

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It was Barry’s comment during last night’s edition that got my attention. While visiting a business that transforms cars into bullet proof vehicles, Barry asked to drive one of the cars after it was modified with bullet-proof glass, and armor siding had been added. The representative of the company that modifies the cars expressed concern that Barry might not be able to handle such a heavy piece of equipment. In his effort to convince the dealer that he was capable Barry explained that he could handle big things, and cited his huge girl friend as proof that he could handle heavy things. The comment was unnecessary and demeaning to his girlfriend. Moreover, the audience probably didn’t notice that the other two male hosts were overweight and nobody made derogatory comments about their size.

These two episodes last night were such an illustrative example of the disrespectful attitude toward women that Sarah Palin promotes. She is the narrator of the show that features her as a narrator only, because that is all she is good for … reading from a teleprompter. Her demeanor and attire are clearly intended to portray her as “hot” and nothing else.

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First it was Ted Nugent, then Duck Dynasty, and now Amazing America. All are people and shows designed to appeal to men and their guns, and blatant about their disrespect for women. You have to wonder if the last episode of Amazing America will be a visit to Todd Palin’s place of business to highlight how Amazingly easy it is in America, for a man in a position of power to become a predator of women.

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The following response has been sent by e-mail, but no responsive letter could be sent since I don’t know the person who sent the e-mail. I don’t even know which department to send a letter to since it could be fromt he FOIA, the Departments of Homeland Security, or the Office of the Inspector General.

Dear “FOIA/DHS-OIG”

As I write this reply to your e-mail, I hope you can imagine my frustration in attempting to reply to someone who sent me an e-mail which was signed “FOIA/DHS-OIG.” I have no way of knowing the identity of the person with whom I am communicating, or even what department you are in…the FOIA department of Homeland Security, the Department of Homeland Security generally, or the Office of the Inspector General. You have suggested that it is my job to request documents from particular “components” within Homeland Security. However the experience I have just had with you is the very reason that it would be duplicitous and impossible for me to know which subsection of Homeland Security to which I should address my request.

The very reason that it was confusing for you to send me an e-mail regarding the request from 2012 is that I thought that the Secret Service, as a Department of Homeland Security, had the authority and power to negotiate regarding all documents of Homeland Security. In the past I have received letters from Brady Mills, Special Agent in Charge, Freedom of Information Act & Privacy Officer, and A.T. Smith, the Deputy Director of the Secret Service. Now that I have received a denial of my request, almost two years later, from Mr. Mobbs of the Inspector General’s office, it appears the Inspector General has documents that were responsive to my request, but which are not being produced. Please confirm that, so that I can file the appropriate pleadings in Court to assert my right to access any and all documents that are, or could be, responsive to my request, from your department.

Thank you,
Malia Litman


boys will be boys

Stephen James has announced the exciting news that a casting director has been appointed to begin the process of identifying talent to star in the movie, Boys Will Be Boys. Here is the announcement:

NEWS * NEWS * NEWS * NEWS

As a Fan, you hear it first!

And we’re true to that promise. Firstly, welcome to all our new fans – we’re delighted to have you on board and we recognize you all as “part of the team” at BWBB.

And the news is: WE HAVE APPOINTED A CASTING DIRECTOR!

This is hot on the heels of receiving tacit agreement from TWO of Louisiana’s leading actors (to be announced), AND a similar agreement from a well-credited Hollywood Director.

SO THINGS are moving forward apace!

The newly-appointed CASTING DIRECTOR is MAE CHAPMAN, who is a leading casting director in her own right, having been involved with such movies as “The Butler”, “In the Electric Mist” featuring Tommy Lee Jones, Zydeco Productions/Disney TV pilot “Sunday, Sunday, Sunday”, and a host of TV shows for BET and History Channel, among others.

Mae has also been involved with casting music videos, commercials, and theater productions, and her highly-professional attitude and commitment will be a huge boon to “Boys WIll Be Boys”.

I will be updating the web-site with this information very soon, but of course I wanted YOU to hear it first. In the meantime, please encourage others to visit the web-site and to “Like” the BWBB FB page by clicking on the link in the web-site.

Oh, and I almost forgot: YOU have your own email address to which you can write YOUR thoughts and comments: Fans@boyswillbeboysmovie.com

Thank you all for your support, and looking forward to hearing from you all.

Best always,
Stephen.

http://www.boyswillbeboysmovie.com/

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The Butler is one of my recent favorite movies, so I am thrilled to hear that Mae will be helping select the stars of this movie! The involvement of such a well known casting director immediately gives the movie a legitimacy that some might have questioned!


“It’s not my job.” Yesterday I posted a letter and my reply to that letter to the Inspector General’s office regarding the detailed history I have with the six recent FOIA requests that have been file this year, and the two that were filed in 2012 and 2013. Without providing an answer to the questions asked, the following e-mail was sent this morning:

Ms. Litman,

Thank you for contacting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG).

As Mr. Mobbs indicated in his letter to you, dated April 15, 2014, he affirmed the OIG’s action on your FOIA Request Number OIG 2012-133 (OIG Appeal 2012-A13.) The DHS-OIG has not received any other FOIA requests from you.

For your information, FOIA processing in DHS is decentralized, and it is the responsibility of each component to process their own FOIA requests. If you have questions about FOIA requests you submitted to other components of DHS, you should contact those entities, rather than this office.

For information on whom to contact regarding your FOIA requests to other DHS entities, please visit the following website: http://www.dhs.gov/foia-contact-information. Each component should be able to advise you on their preferred communication method.

We trust this addresses your questions, and we now consider this matter closed.

Sincerely

FOIA/DHS-OIG

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The problem is that this response presumes the citizen requesting the documents knows with “component” has documents that may be responsive. Each of my requests were sent to Homeland Security as the entity that includes the Secret Service. If the Inspector General has investigated the Secret Service in the matters of prostitution, I would have no way to know that! However my FOIA request would have included that department.

I will be posting my response to his e-mail shortly.


The following letter and e-mail attaching the letter is being sent to Mr. Michael Mobbs in response to his message yesterday.

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Malia Litman
address, phone, e-mail

Mr. Michael H. Mobbs
Acting Counsel to the Inspector General
Office of Inspector General
Department of Homeland Security
Washington D.C. 20528
via certified mail, return receipt requested

April 16, 2014

Re: Letter of April 15, 2014

Dear Mr. Mobbs,

I write today hoping you can provide some clarification regarding your letter of yesterday, bearing a date stamp of April 15, 2014, and which was sent to my e-mail referenced above. You described the letter in the e-mail as the “final response” to the “above referenced” appeal. You referenced “Appeal No. 2012-A13 and Request No. 2012-133.” Your e-mail and the attached letter create more questions than answers. Please provide an explanation of your involvement at this time, and answers to the following questions:

1. Is your letter in response to my letter of April 11, 2014 directed to Delores Barber the Deputy Chief, FOIA Officer. In that letter I pleaded for an acknowledgement of five separate FOIA requests sent in January of 2014, only one of which has been acknowledged. Given your reference to the requests of 2012, I assume that you are not intending to provide a response to the requests filed in January of 2014, but I wanted to confirm that. Here is the link to that letter if you have any question about the letter to which I make reference. http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/status-report-on-foia-suit/
2. In the future, should I direct future correspondence to you regarding all six of my FOIA requests. Because you are an attorney representing Homeland Security, I would like to make sure that I do not direct any correspondence or phone calls to another person at Homeland Security if they should be directed to you. In an effort to make full disclosure, I will advise you that I anticipate filing suit shortly regarding the failure of Homeland Security to produce responsive documents in a timely manner to each of the five requests, with amended pleadings to follow in the event documents are not produced regarding the sixth request.
3. Is e-mail an acceptable method of communication, or should I continue to communicate with Homeland Security by certified mail?

4. Perhaps you were unaware of the long history I have with Homeland Security and request for documents regarding, among other matters and people, David Chaney and Todd Palin. To ensure that you know the details of that history I provide this copy of a letter sent July 22nd to A.T. Smith setting out details of correspondence I had with Homeland Security and the misleading nature of representations made to me regarding the “enforcement proceedings” that were allegedly pending over one year ago.

The following is a copy of that letter: http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/surprise-letter-to-the-secret-service

Malia Litman
(address)

A.T. Smith
Deputy Director
Secret Service, a division of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive
SW Building 410
Washington D.C. 20528

July 22, 2013
Re: Production of statement of David Chaney

Dear Deputy Director Smith:
I am in receipt of your letter and the statement of David Chaney. You letter is date stamped Jul. 10, 2013. I am well aware of the letter agreement of July 3, 2013 referenced in your letter, and will abide by the terms of that letter. Pursuant to that letter agreement you closed the files on both of my FOIA requests #20130560 and 20130568, the first of which had been pending for over one year. It was clear that the only way left open to me to get any of the documents requested was to agree to withdraw my requests or file a lawsuit. While I felt the office of Homeland Security had been evasive, and oppressive in its responses to my requests, it was difficult for an individual to take on the entire Federal Government. I made the mistake of assuming that the Secret Service and Office of Homeland Security has not been deceptive. I was obviously naïve in that regard.
Reluctantly I agreed to this proposal for production of the statement, relying on the truthfulness of previous letters and communications. However I now realize that I was a fool to trust the truthfulness of the government’s representations. I was a fool to believe that the members of the Secret Service had integrity. I was foolish to think that the office of Homeland Security would ultimately want what I wanted, which was the truth to come out regarding Todd Palin and his predatory actions.
On February 16, 2012 when Shailey Tripp published the book Boys Will Be Boys I was amazed at the revelations, and the specifics she provided regarding names and descriptions. The lack of a defamation suit by the Palins was illustrative of the truth of the information. However I personally sent letters to Todd, Sarah, and their attorneys inviting a denial of the assertions of Ms. Tripp. Predictably I received NO response to any letters.
Imagine my surprise when Shailey Tripp contacted me to advise that David Chaney, one of the agents involved in the Colombia scandal, had been introduced by Todd Palin to Shailey Tripp, and that she did provide sexual services to him. At the time I didn’t realize that Mr. Chaney has been one of the agents assigned to provide security to Ms. Palin during the ’08 campaign.
I personally put Mr. Merek Schaefer in touch with Ms. Tripp before the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security to whom she gave to verbal statements and one written statement confirming her introduction to, and services provided to, Mr. Chaney. I personally advised every member of the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security of the allegations so that they could inquire during the hearing about the allegations. I also personally advised Mark Sullivan of the allegations so that he would have an opportunity before that hearing to get to the truth.
Imagine my surprise when I listened to the Senate Subcommittee hearing and heard Mr. Sullivan testify that there was no culture of corruption within the Secret Service, and that the Colombia incident was an isolated event. I could only presume that Mr. Chaney had been asked, and denied the allegations, and that the Secret Service had a reason to believe him. However, because I believed Ms. Tripp, I filed my FOIA request in an effort to determine what Mr. Chaney had reported. That seemed like a logical response and one that every American should be entitled to know.
The Colombia scandal broke on April 11, 2012.http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/secret-service-prostitution-scandal-one-year-later/ It was reported that Mr. Chaney resigned on April 20, 2012. http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/20/us/secret-service. Sarah Palin made her infamous remark “Check this out bodyguard, you’re fired.”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/20/david-chaney-sarah-palin-secret-service-_n_1440479.html Merek Schaefer was notified of the allegations of Shailey Tripp as early as May 14, 2012, by an e-mail from me.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/e-mail-to-homeland-security-officer-regarding-palin-tripp-and-chaney/
The Senate Subcommittee hearing with Mark Sullivan testifying was held on May 23, 2012, nine days after Mr. Schaefer was notified of the assertions of Shailey Tripp. http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/hearings/secret-service-on-the-line-restoring-trust-and-confidence
On May 28, 2012 I personally asked Merek Schaeffer what happened, and why nothing was mentioned during the hearing regarding the allegations of Ms. Tripp. http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/e-mail-to-homeland-security-officer-regarding-palin-tripp-and-chaney/ No response was ever given.
On June 7, 2012 I personally asked Mark Sullivan and Charles Edwards, the Chief Investigator of Homeland Security, why nothing was mentioned.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/letter-to-mark-sullivan-director-of-s-s-and-charles-edwards-inspector-homeland-security-re-todd-palin-and-david-chaney/ No response was ever given.
It was not until after Merek Schaefer, Mark Sullivan and Charles Edwards failed to respond to my correspondence that I was left with no option but to file a FOIA request. That original request was filed on June 18, 2012.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/documents-requested-re-todd-palins-introduction-of-his-prostitute-to-secret-service-agent/
On June 30, 2012 Homeland responded to the request by claiming that the information requested was “personal” and “private.”http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/homeland-security-responds-to-foia-request-re-todd-palin-and-david-chaney/ On July 2, 2012 I filed an appeal of that decision asserting that there was an overriding public interest in obtaining the documents.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/appeal-to-homeland-security-re-palin-chaney-statements/ On August 7, 2012 I sent letters to the attorneys for Todd Palin and David Chaney asking for their agreement to produce the documents. http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/letter-sent-to-john-tiemessen-re-release-from-todd-palin/ Of course I never received any response.
On August 20, 2012 I sent a letter to Ms. Ferrell, Special Agent in Charge FOIA listing the many particular reasons that there was an “overriding public interest” in obtaining these documents.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/correspondence-to-homeland-security-re-david-chaneys-introduction-to-shailey-tripp-prostitute-by-todd-palin-pimp/
By November 15, 2012 there were articles published asserting that Mark Sullivan had lied during his testimony before the Senate Subcommittee. The articles did not mention the allegations of Shailey Tripp, but asserted that he was in fact aware of other incidents of Secret Service Agents utilizing services of prostitutes. http://malialitman.wordp.ress.com/2012/11/15/oops-did-mark-sullivan-lie-to-the-senate-or-was-he-just-ignorant/
In spite of multiple phone calls, e-mails and letters I was unable to determine the reason for the lack of a response to my FOIA request. Just one example of such a letter was this one of December 7, 2012.http://twittweb.com/reminder+homelandsecuri-27950684 Sarah Palin herself was demanding greater transparency in government, while Homeland Security was continuing to remain silent about even the reason for non-disclosure. http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/palin-demands-transparency-give-her-what-she-wants/
By December 30, 2012 I wrote directly to Janet Napolitano pleading for her help in producing the documents to which I was entitled.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/letter-to-janet-napolitano-secretary-of-homeland-security-re-todd-palin-pimp/
On January 13, 2013 I sent an e-mail to Senator Lieberman and Senator Collins requesting their help. http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/e-mail-to-senator-lieberman-and-senator-collins-of-homeland-security-committee-re-todd-palin/ I received no response to those e-mails.
On February 1, 2013 Mark Sullivan announced his resignation.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/mark-sullivans-resignation-may-be-a-response-to-our-attempt-to-expose-todd-palin/
On February 4, 2013 I sent yet another letter to Janet Napolitano requesting production of the documents, and pleading with her to produce the documents without the necessity of a law suit.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/02/03/letter-to-janet-napolitano-advising-of-deadline-to-produce-foia-documents/
On February 18, 2013 I sent a letter to President Obama, asking for his help, since not a single call, letter, or e-mail had even been returned.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/letter-to-president-obama-yes-we-can-and-should-protect-women-in-our-homeland/ That letter, like the others, was posted on line through my blog.
On February 19, 2013, the next day, a letter was mailed by Homeland Security agreeing to produce the documents requested in my FOIA request. However just six days later another letter was mailed asserting that the document s were NOT going to be produced. That letter stated “Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552 (B)(7)(A) your file is being exempted since disclosure could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”
At that point Homeland Security indicated that there was some new type of investigation that was being undertaken, that I could only assume related to Todd Palin and David Chaney. Wanting to be supportive of such an investigation, I did not publish anything about that investigation on my blog for an extended period. In spite of repeated calls I was unable to determine what investigation was underway, of whom, by what agency of government.
On March 29, 2013 I submitted a second FOIA request asking for documents to reveal the retirement benefits U.S. tax payers were paying David Chaney and Mark Sullivan. http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/new-freedom-of-information-request-re-david-chaney-ex-secret-service-mark-sullivan-ex-director-of-the-secret-service-and-todd-palin-ex-first-dude/
On April 8, 2013 I sent a letter directly to Todd Palin and his attorney inviting a denial of the allegations of Shailey Tripp. No response was received from Todd or his attorney. http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/letter-to-todd-palin-inviting-a-denial-of-the-allegations-of-shailey-tripp/
On April 17, 2013 you sent a letter denying my request for the retirement benefits stating that:
“Pursuant to Title 5 United States Code Section 552(b)(7)(A) the information you requested is being withheld from disclosure as the information was compiled for law enforcement purposes and such disclosure could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”
Of course you are aware I appealed your decision on May 7, 2013.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/we-may-be-powerless-to-prevent-injustice-but-we-must-always-protest/
In a final plea of desperation before filing suit I sent this letter on June 25, 2013. http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/last-letter-to-homeland-security-before-filing-suit-next-week/ Your letter agreement was sent on July 3, 2013. I agreed to it and returned it to you the day it was received.http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/actual-letter-from-homeland-security/
Your letter producing the statement of David Chaney was received by me on July 11, 2013. It included a three page statement of David Chaney. Other than formalities, the statement itself consisted of a total of a mere 7 lines. The statement was dated June 6, 2012 which was two weeks after the Senate hearing on May 23rd. Obviously this statement was not taken before the Senate hearing. Either no attempt was made before the Senate hearing to determine if a Secret Service agent had used prostitutes while on assignment in the United States before the Senate hearing, or if another statement was taken of David Chaney it was not produced.
The statement of Chaney that was produced indicated that on June 6, 2012 he was still employed by the Secret Service. That was contrary to the information reported indicating that Mr. Chaney had resigned on April 20, 2012. The statement itself indicated that Mr. Chaney denied even knowing Ms. Tripp. If that is the only information you had regarding Ms. Tripp’s allegations then it is hard to imagine why there would suddenly be an investigation undertaken in February of 2013 that would relate to the documents requested, and would justify withholding of the documents.
The denial of David Chaney is also contrary to other information I have received indicating that David Chaney charged the services he received from Ms. Tripp on credit card #5185 6401 011 3587. The amount processed was $40.00 and was for the month ending 8-31-08. It is difficult to reconcile his denial of even knowing Shailey Tripp with this charge.
Please be advised that I am still waiting for the documents requested. I recognize that if you refuse to produce them, that I can’t re-file my formal request for them again until the 6 month period has passed. However please be advised that as soon as I can, I will be requesting the documents again. I hope that there is an investigation underway and that you will be able to make the public aware of your findings, and file appropriate charges soon. I would hate to think that this is just a part of a large cover-up. I would hope that the office of Homeland Security would never refuse to produce documents that should be produced and take advantage of a citizen trying to find the truth.
Because I plan to re-file my FOIA requests in 6 months, please do the necessary to ensure that the documents are neither lost or destroyed during this interim period. Also, please understand that the applicable statute of limitations under Alaska law may run in August of this year, so time is of the essence. More importantly, I have previously advised you that Shailey Tripp had received death threats , and the apartment building she is living in had a fire set in an apartment adjoining hers, when her neighbors were not at home. Disclosure of any information in the possession of Homeland Security regarding this matter might promote the safety of Ms. Tripp.
If the purpose of Homeland Security is to promote the safety and security of U.S. citizens, and if there is a presumption of openness in government, then you will act now.
Sincerely,
Malia Litman

5. Having waited the requisite 6 months, I refilled the two new FOIA requests, on Jan. 12, and Jan. 13th. These two new requests were identical to the FOIA requests that had previously been filed and which related to David Chaney, Todd Palin, and Shailey Tripp. For your reference here are links to those requests.

a. 1-12-2014 First Request:https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/new-foia-request-to-homeland-security-re-todd-david-chaney-and-prostitution/

b. 1-13-2014 Second Request:https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/second-foia-request-to-homeland-security/

I have not received acknowledgement of these requests. In addition to re-filing identical requests for information, I filed three additional requests. They were:

c. 1-14-2014 Third Request: https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/third-foia-request-enforcement-proceedings-that-never-occurred/
This was a new request asking for documents relating to the “enforcement proceedings” to which Homeland Security referred in their response to me of a year ago regarding why they were unwilling to produce the documents requested. Homeland Security has failed to acknowledge receipt of that request.
d. 1-15-2014 Fourth Request: https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/4th-foia-request-to-homeland-security-documents-seen-by-mark-sullivan-before-senate-hearing/
This is the only one of the five for which I have received an acknowledgement, but I haven’t received any documents, and have not been promised that a decision would be made by any particular date, in spite of multiple requests. No reason has been given to justify non-production of the documents requested.
This fourth request for documents was focused on the information available to Mark Sullivan prior to his testimony before the Senate. If he lied during that testimony, these documents might provide the needed proof of his untruthfulness.

https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/4th-foia-request-to-homeland-security-documents-seen-by-mark-sullivan-before-senate-hearing/

e. 1-17-2014-Fifth Request: https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/5th-foia-request-asking-for-documents-related-to-todd-palin-pimp/
This request for documents relates to the history of the Secret Service’s culture of corruption including use of prostitutes, and information that was available to Homeland Security both before and after the Colombia scandal. https://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/5th-foia-request-asking-for-documents-related-to-todd-palin-pimp/
Homeland Security has failed to acknowledge receipt of that request.

6. On April 9, 2014 I filed a sixth request regarding the incident involving the Secret Service in Amsterdam that preceded the President’s visit.

http://malialitman.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/freedom-of-information-act-request-regarding-amsterdam/ While I have not received an acknowledgement of receipt of this request, the statutory period for responding to this request has not yet passed.

Thank you in advance for providing answers to these questions.

Sincerely,

Malia Litman


Yesterday I received an e-mail from Michael H. Mobbs, the “Acting Counsel to the Inspector General”. The e-mail itself was short, and direct:
Ms. Litman:
Attached please find DHS-OIG’s final response to the above-referenced FOIA Appeal.
Sincerely,
FOIA/DHS-OIG
The e-mail included an attachment which was a also short and direct. The stationery carried the heading of the “Office of Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security”. The “RE” of the letter included the following:

“Appeal No. 2012-A13
Request No. 2012-133
Reviewer: JAK”

The letter attached read as follows:

“You appealed from the action of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) on your requests for various records concerning “David Chaney” a third party. Your appeal was received by this office on July 5, 2012.

After carefully considering both your appeal and supplemental appeals, I am affirming the DHS-OIG’s action on your request.

The DHS OIG properly refused to confirm or deny the existence of any records responsive to your request. Without consent, proof of death, official acknowledgment of an investigation, or an overriding public interest, confirming or denying the existence of law enforcement records concerning this individual would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. See 5 U.S.C. Section 552 (b)(7)(C).

If you are dissatisfied with my action on Your appeal, you may seek judicial review in accordance with the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. Section 552 (a) (4)(B).

Sincerely,
Michael H. Mobbs
Acting Counsel to the Inspector General”

The letter was date stamped April 15, 2014, and was addressed to my home, so it appears the letter was mailed by regular mail yesterday.

My reply e-mail will be posted later today. I will be asking for clarification of the letter sent, since it was my impression that the documents requested regarding David Chaney were the subject of a FOIA request sent in January of this year, the receipt of which has never been acknowledged by Homeland Security. The fact that this letter comes from an attorney in the office of the Inspector General may be significant!

Michael Mobbs joined the OIG in October 2013 as Deputy Counsel to the Inspector General. That means he hasn’t worked for the Office of Inspector General as long as I’ve been trying to get the documents regarding David Chaney. He has had a long career in government service, including key positions at the Department of Defense. Mobbs most recently served as General Counsel to the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School.

According to the Office of the Inspector General for Homeland Security his “Mission” is:

“The Counsel to the Inspector General provides legal advice to the IG and other management officials; supports audits, inspections, special reviews, and investigations by ensuring that applicable laws and regulations are followed; serves as the OIG’s designated ethics office; manages the OIG’s Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act responsibilities; furnishes attorney services for the issuance and enforcement of OIG subpoenas; and provides legal advice on OIG operations.”


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Joke 1:

A lawyer dies and goes to Heaven. “There must be some mistake,” the lawyer argues. “I’m too young to die. I’m only 55.” “Fifty-five?” says Saint Peter. “No, according to out calculations, you’re 82.” “How’d you get that?” the lawyer asks. Answers St. Peter, “We added up your time sheets.”

Joke 2:

What’s the difference between a good lawyer and a bad lawyer?

A bad lawyer can let a case drag out for several years. A good lawyer can make it last even longer.

Joke 3:

One day in Contract Law class, the professor asked one of his better students, “Now if you were to give someone an orange, how would you go about it?”

The student replied, “Here’s an orange.”

The professor was livid. “No! No! Think like a lawyer!”

The student then recited, “Okay, I’d tell him, ‘I hereby give and convey to you all and singular, my estate and interests, rights, claim, title, claim and advantages of and in, said orange, together with all its rind, juice, pulp, and seeds, and all rights and advantages with full power to bite, cut, freeze and otherwise eat, the same, or give the same away with and without the pulp, juice, rind and seeds, anything herein before or hereinafter or in any deed, or deeds, instruments of whatever nature or kind whatsoever to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding…”

Joke 4:

As the lawyer awoke from surgery, he asked, “Why are all the blinds drawn?” The nurse answered, “There’s a fire across the street, and we didn’t want you to think you had died.”

Joke 5:

A woman and her little girl were visiting the grave of the little girl’s grandmother. On their way through the cemetery back to the car, the little girl asked, “Mummy, do they ever bury two people in the same grave?”

“Of course not, dear,” replied the mother, “Why would you think that?”

“The tombstone back there said… ‘Here lies a lawyer and an honest man.’”

Joke 6:

Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, an honest lawyer and an old drunk are walking down the street together when they simultaneously spot a hundred dollar bill. Who gets it? The old drunk, of course, the other three are fantasy creatures.

Joke 7:

At a convention of biological scientists, one researcher remarks to another, “Did you know that in our lab we have switched from mice to lawyers for our experiments?” “Really?” the other replied, “Why did you switch?” “Well, for three reasons. First we found that lawyers are far more plentiful, second, the lab assistants don’t get so attached to them, and thirdly there are some things even a rat won’t do.”

Joke 8:

What does a lawyer get when you give him Viagra?

Taller.

Joke 9:

The lawyer’s son wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, so he went to law school and graduated with honors. Then he went home to join his father’s firm.

At the end of his first day at work, he rushed into his father’s office and said, “Father, father! In one day I broke the Smith case that you’ve been working on for so long!”

His father yelled, “You idiot! We’ve been living on the funding of that case for ten years!”

Joke 10:

How many lawyer jokes are in existence?

Only three. All the rest are true stories.

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