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FOIA News: Kansas sues Pentagon for Gitmo records

FOIA News (2015-16)Kevin SchmidtComment

Kansas sues Pentagon for Gitmo records

By Rebecca Kheel, The Hill, July 22, 2016

Kansas has sued the Defense Department for records related to the search for an alternative location to house Guantánamo Bay detainees, suggesting the information is being withheld for political reasons.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed the lawsuit Friday in federal court, saying the Pentagon has failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records on its site surveys of Kansas’s Fort Leavenworth and other locations.

“Our concerns are heightened because the administration admits it has the records we requested and initially promised to produce them but now are inexplicably dragging their feet until after the November election,” Schmidt said in a written statement Friday. “We are seeking some court-ordered sunshine now to discourage mischief later in the final weeks before the president leaves office."

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