The Department of Justice told conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used the alias Elizabeth Carlisle to conduct official business to protect security and privacy.
The use of aliases by government officials actually stonewall’s FOIA requests because groups filing FOIA lawsuits don’t know the aliases and only request records using legal names.
This is another way the Obama administration slithered around without the public knowing what they were up to behind the scenes.
Via Judicial Watch:
Illustrating how government hides information from the American public, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used a fake name to conduct official Department of Justice (DOJ) business in agency emails obtained by Judicial Watch. As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer Lynch, Barack Obama’s second attorney general, skirted public-records laws by using the alias Elizabeth Carlisle in emails she sent from her official DOJ account. In the records provided to Judicial Watch, the DOJ explains it as necessary to “protect her security and privacy and enable her to conduct Department business efficiently via email.”
In Lynch’s case, Judicial Watch requested the records as part of an investigation into the Obama administration’s involvement in a United Nation’s international law enforcement coalition called Strong Cities Network (SCN). The purported mission of the global coalition was to build social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. The DOJ masterminded the agreement and Americans found out about the U.S.’s participation when Lynch announced it during a U.N. speech on September 29, 2015. Lynch referred to SCN as a “truly groundbreaking endeavor” and assured the notoriously corrupt world body that the Obama administration was deeply committed to the new initiative. “The government of the United States is fully invested in this collaborative approach and we have seen the value of empowering local communities by promoting initiatives they design and lead themselves,” Lynch said.
In its mission to educate the public about the operations and activities of government, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request with the DOJ on October 15, 2015 for documents related to SCN. Specifically, Judicial Watch asked for legal opinions and analysis prepared by the DOJ relating to the U.S. involvement in the program, documents that form the foundation for the decision for the country to participate in SCN, all international agreements and related records involving the commitment of U.S. resources or personnel to SCN and records of communication between officials in the Office of the Attorney General relating to the initiative. The DOJ claimed to have no records related to the SCN and billed Judicial Watch a startling $50,000 to conduct the search that didn’t produce a single file.
Judicial Watch says the DOJ just furnished the records they requested from a 2015 FOIA lawsuit which cost them $50,000 at the time which previously yielded no records because of the use of an alias.
Judicial Watch was seeking a FOIA request on the name Loretta Lynch, not Elizabeth Carlisle. Sneaky.
In August of 2017, the Department of Justice released hundreds of emails to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in the investigation of former AG Lynch’s secret meeting with former President Bill Clinton.
An email from Loretta Lynch revealed she used the alias Elizabeth Carlisle (screenshot below):
Internet slueths figured out Lynch was using the name of her late grandmother.
Loretta’s grandmother’s name is Lizzie Carlisle Harris.
Loretta’s mother’s name is Lorine Harris Lynch.
Certainly other government employees used aliases in order to hide from FOIA requests. The corruption never ends with the Obama administration.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) February 23, 2018
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