Marked By "Big Brother".....
John A. Quayle
blueoval at SGI.NET
Tue Jan 25 15:13:53 MST 2000
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S SCANDALS
Falwell sues White House
Secret, illegal database allegedly
targets religious, anti-abortion leaders
By Jon E. Dougherty
© 2000 WorldNetDaily.com
Rev. Jerry Falwell and Judicial Watch have filed
a Privacy Act lawsuit against the White House
and the Department of Justice in an attempt to
uncover the contents of a secret database
allegedly being kept by administration officials
on anti-abortion and pro-life religious activists.
According to Falwell, a national religious figure
and exclusive WorldNetDaily columnist, the
database contains personal private information
on a number of figures hostile to Clinton
administration policies dealing with abortion.
Judicial Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based legal
watchdog organization that has several pending
lawsuits against the Clinton administration, is
handling Falwell's suit. The organization's
founder, Larry Klayman, will be working
closely with Jerry Falwell, Jr. -- Rev. Falwell's
son, who is also an attorney.
tip, which was
the group filed a
Information Act request asking the White House
and Justice Department to reveal any details
about Rev. Falwell that may have been included
in the database.
The lawsuit alleges that administration and
Justice officials violated Jerry Falwell's privacy,
along with scores of others, by surreptitiously
collecting and maintaining personal information
"Over the years, my ministries and I have been
subjected to a number of attempts to not only
inhibit our free speech, but to subvert our
pro-life advocacy," Falwell said. "When I
learned of this illegal VAAPCON database, I felt
obliged to take action to stand up for the rights
of all Americans to be free to express their
religious beliefs, as people of faith should not
be intimidated by a corrupt and immoral
Falwell, who is also the chancellor of Liberty
University and founder of "The Moral Majority,"
filed a Privacy Act request to determine whether
or not the White House and Clinton Justice
Department had files on him and his ministries.
Both entities stonewalled, according to Falwell.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told
WorldNetDaily that the concept of keeping
databases on political enemies or potential
financial contributors is nothing new. He said
the organization is also representing Sheryl
Hall, a former White House employee, who is
suing first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for
allegedly keeping similar private information in
a White House Database.
In fact, said Fitton, "that has also come up in the
context of our Filegate suit." He said Linda
Tripp, the primary figure who broke the Monica
Lewinsky scandal, "has said that she
understood that FBI files were being uploaded
into computers at the orders of Hillary Clinton."
Privacy rules not only may prohibit this kind of
government collection and retention of personal
and private information, the federal Privacy Act
itself states that there must be a lawful reason
for maintaining such files. If government
agencies assemble such files, persons contained
therein must be notified of the existence of the
file to attest to the accuracy of information
contained there, and must be provided the
contents of the file on demand. If the
government intends to release any information
contained in such files, it must obtain
permission from the person the file represents.
Fitton would not say who initially provided
Judicial Watch with information about the
VAAPCON database, nor whether or not the
person was employed in the White House or in
any government position, in order to protect the
integrity of the investigation and suit.
Though he said he isn't sure what might be
contained in such a file, Rev. Falwell told
WorldNetDaily, "When I consider that my
Christian friend and colleague Chuck Colson [of
the Nixon era] went to prison for violating one
file, it is appalling to me that this president has
violated at least 900 files with no repercussions
Falwell added that he believes such an alleged
theft of files and the resultant databases those
files may have fed were the result of "a
spineless Congress and a national media that is
in virtual agreement with every good and bad
thing this president stands for."
Jon E. Dougherty is a staff reporter for
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