The EyeOpener: Secret FBI Storage Drive to Shield Evidence from FOIA?

J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghost Still Lingers over the FBI

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A recent court case in Utah has uncovered yet more evidence that the FBI is hiding key documents from the public by placing them in a separate, hitherto unknown electronic storage medium known as an “S-drive.” The fact that this drive was previously unknown has raised the specter that the FBI is using it as a place to hide requests for sensitive documents through the Freedom of Information Act. Now, a federal judge has given the FBI until the end of the month to explain what the S-drive is, how it is being used, and whether it contains key documents related to the case in question.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI is not required to say if a document exists, only that they searched their database and found no records responsive to the request. If these documents are placed in an external or disconnected storage drive, however, the agency can insure that they will never show up in any FOIA request. In fact, the FBI has been known to have used this very technique in the past. Going under such names as “June files,” “zero files” and “I-drive,” the agency has a long and documented history of placing key evidence in special, compartmentalized files that are reviewed by senior officials before the information is placed into the bureau’s official files.

Joining James Corbett this week to discuss the history and significance of the FBI’s secret storage drives are attorney Jesse Trentadue and the former privacy act coordinator at the Minneapolis FBI field office and noted FBI whistleblower, Coleen Rowley.

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  1. W3WantAnswers says:

    I don’t mean to sound defeatist – only realistic – We all know that the FBI is NEVER, EVER, EVER!!! – going to provide the citizenry with any information that will cause a flame of righteous indignation (sound familiar? 😉 to burn across this nation and the world.

    So, what do we do when the FBI refuses to cooperate, the courts become inept, and even when we do get a decision in our favor, what we get is not what we wanted and what we get is so heavily redacted that for all practical purposes, they may as well have released nothing? WHAT DO WE DO AMERICA???? WHAT DO WE DO??

    Well, unless people are willing to pay the price for standing up and DEMANDING, NOT ASKING that we get what we want, nothing will ever change.

    MY OPINION? I think that it’ll take something akin to a revolt – not violence, mind you – but a revolt in terms of jury nullification, civil disobedience on a mass scale, bombardment of, and a voting out of office all the incumbents in the house and senate who refuse to stand up for the people. All our current representatives are compromised already, so we know they will do nothing.

    We need to run for office OURSELVES – at the city, state, and federal levels. We need to enter the beast and change it from within. WHEN THAT FAILS – WE NEED TO SURROUND THE WHITE HOUSE, THE CONGRESS, AND SHUT DOWN THE ORGANS OF GOVERNMENT UNTIL WE GET SOME REDRESS FOR OUR GRIEVANCES. We cannot settle for less than what we want, and we must refuse to take no for an answer – no matter what the consequences may be.

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