Kristen Teal is the person with the department of Homeland Security that acknowledged receipt of my appeal regarding my request for documents under the FOIA. Those documents included statements of David Chaney regarding any introduction of him to Shailey Tripp by Todd Palin. Due to the lack of interest in this matter by Joe Leiberman, it is more important than ever that there be a recognition of an “overriding public interest” in producing the documents requested. Please join me in sending an e-mail to Kristen Teal at Kirsten.Teal@oig.dhs.gov appealing to her and driving the point home that there is an “overriding public interest” in the production of these documents. Here is my e-mail:
“Dear Ms. Teal,
Please accept this as a supplement to my appeal referenced above. Today I received the following e-mail from the office of Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
“Dear Mrs. Litman:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate the opportunity to know your opinions on the pressing issues facing our nation. Regrettably, due to the huge volume of mail that I receive, I am only able to research and address comments sent to me from Connecticut residents. If you are not from Connecticut, you may want to consider sending a message to the Senators from your state of residence. You can do so by visiting http://www.senate.gov for a link to the websites of each member of the United State Senate. If you are currently residing out of state, but are still a Connecticut resident or have a connection to Connecticut, please be certain to use your Connecticut address or indicate your Connecticut connection in the first paragraph of your email.
I value having the benefit of your thoughtful concerns, since I do receive detailed weekly reports from my staff providing a sampling of comments from across the country on timely issues before Congress.
Thank you again for sharing your views and concerns with me. I hope you will continue to visit my website at http://lieberman.senate.gov for updated news about my work on behalf of Connecticut and the nation. Please contact me if you have any additional questions or comments about our work in Congress.
Joseph I. Lieberman
UNITED STATES SENATOR”
It was Senator Lieberman who said during the televised Senate hearing with the head of the Secret Service that “a culture which turns a blind eye to this kind of behavior is simply unacceptable. ” Yet it is Senator Lieberman whose office has confirmed that he is uninterested , unconcerned, and willing to turn a blind eye to any evidence of corruption within the Secret Service unless it comes from a Connecticut resident who would be in a position to re-elect him. This is an outrageous example of the “overriding public interest in exposing the culture of corruption within the Secret Service.” When the Senator entrusted with responsibility of oversight of the Homeland Security Investigation into the Secret Service culture of corruption is interested in only hearing from people who can re-elect him, citizens of the United States have no power to influence this culture of corruption. In the absence of production of documents requested in my FOIA request regarding David Chaney, Todd Palin, and Shailey Tripp, Americans have no reason to believe that the Senate or the office of Homeland Security is anything other than part of the “culture of corruption.”