John Edgar Hoover ~ Founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Hoover was not a fan of the 'Freedom of Information Act'
The Freedom of Information Act
Animal's Angels Investigator Julie Caramonte applied for information regarding the Beltex Slaughterhouse in 2005, and finally received it in 2008. The FOIA was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966 (Amended 1996, 2002, 2007), and went into effect the following year. This act allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States Government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute.
Ms. Caramonte would not have had to wait so long if it were not for the amendments made to the statute by the Bush Administration. Formerly, the response time was ten days and the amendment extended it to twenty days. However, the intractable United States Department of Agriculture took three years, rather than twenty days.
Executive Order 13233, drafted by Alberto R. Gonzales and issued by President George W. Bush on November 1, 2001, shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, restricted access to the records of former Presidents in addition to practically everything else.
On January 21, 2009, President Barack Obama repealed some of the provisions of this Order.
What follows is the complete list of documents Ms. Caramonte obtained, as well as a video of the photographs she received with her FOIA request. The video is not for the faint of heart and is not suitable for children.
061406-AQ-06-0007-Stanley Default Order
Bill Richardson Vol65 at 835
Bill Richardson 061219 AQ 05-0012 Final
Baker 081001 AQ 08-0074_dd
Billy Rowan 080911 AQ 06-0006 do
McBarron 070510 AQ 06-0003
Stanley 080425 AQ 07-0023 do
Vol 62 at 253
If anyone questions the cruelty and illegality of transporting and slaughtering horses, then it may be deduced they are either inhumane, possess an extremely low I.Q., or both.