By WILD HORSE FREEDOM FEDERATION
To The Desert Independent
June 7, 2016
PINEHURST, Texas – Wild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) has announced that it is currently funding three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits that allege the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated its duties under FOIA. Records sought are in connection with the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. Debbie Coffey, V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation is the Plaintiff. The lawsuits are pending in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, DC.
Attorneys C. Peter Sorenson of Eugene, Oregon and Daniel J. Stotter of Corvallis, Oregon filed the lawsuits.
R.T. Fitch, President Co-Founder of WHFF states, “Wild Horse Freedom Federation serves in a “watchdog” capacity over the BLM’s Wild Horse & Burro Program. Unimpeded transparency of federal government agencies is the cornerstone of democracy
On January 21, 2009, President Obama sent a memorandum to the heads of executive departments and agencies regarding an open and transparent government, stating that, “Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.”
President Obama continued, “The government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by the disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Nondisclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve.”