New Filings in Witch Hunt

June 4, 2011

Attorneys Teresa Kim and Deanne Siemer have filed documents in their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that further demonstrate that the lawsuit is not truly a FOIA request, but a witch hunt against the U.S. Department of Interior, the Federal Ombudsman Office, and Ombudsman Pamela Brown.

Why pursue documents that do not exist and were not in existence when the FOIA request was made? One can only to conclude that their intent is to continue the never-ending battle with the federal government and to support the Fitial Administration's public objection to the DOI Status Report.

The DOI Report was viewed by the anti-federalization Fitial Administration as a major obstacle in the CNMI government's continuing attempts to maintain local control over immigration and labor of the alien workforce. The Fitial Administration's aim is to ensure that the nonresident workers continue to serve the CNMI's needs as a voiceless, disenfranchised underclass with limited rights.

The documents that Siemer and Kim filed June 3, 2011 in the District Court of the District of Columbia revolve around a motion for leave to file a late declaration by Attorney Teresa Kim.  The declaration by Attorney Kim supports the lie (See The Lie for the truth) that CNMI officials were not consulted before the issuance of the April 2010 Department of Interior Report regarding status for nonresident workers. It also notes that the CNMI government already possesses their own data on the number of aliens. Additionally, it questions the confidentiality of the alien registration conducted by the DOI even though many times the Ombudsman's Office published the fact that all information given to that office is confidential.

The excuse for not making the deadline is the typical "Oh, poor me, CNMI" whine:
I was unable to complete this affidavit before the deadline of opposition to the summary judgment motion made by the Interior Department. We are a very small government at a great distance from the United States. The Commonwealth's economy has suffered a more than 40% decline in GPD over the last four years, and this very severe economic depression has an enormous effort from all senior government officials over the last six months as emergency measures are implemented. I had no notice that the Department of interior would file its summary judgment motion, and we had only a very short time in which to respond. The 14 hour time difference between the Commonwealth and Washington also makes work under this kind of time pressure very difficult.


Additional Posts On Witch Hunt:
CNMI Witch Hunts, May 19, 2011
US Response in Witch Hunt Lawsuit, May 7, 2011
CNMI Witch Hunt, May 4, 2011
Much Ado, April 20, 2011

Read Attorney Jane Mack's post, The Power Struggle Over Alien Labor, Day in Court, March 16, 2010

Some Unheard No More! Posts providing background on the CNMI Government's attacks on and conflicts with the DOI and Ombudsman Office:

2010 Labor Report: More Lies, February 9, 2011
Listen Up!, January 13, 2011
Transition to Federalization: The long and winding road, January 11, 2011
Unreal, November 23, 2011
Flawed "Exit Survey", September 1, 2010
Status For Foreign Contract Workers, July 9, 2010
Seriously? July 1, 2010
Provisions in PL 17-1 are Unconstitutional, June 27, 2010
More Jive, June 10, 2010
Post Rerun, June 7, 2010
Short Takes from the CNMI, June 5, 2010
USCIS Parole, June 3, 2010
Educational Campaign?, May 27, 2010
Indigenous People to Hold Rally, May 21, 2010
THE LIE, May 15, 2010
Public Hearing on Resolution 17-4, May 10, 2010
CNMI to Submit Own Report to Congress, May 5, 2010
Predictable Reaction to DOI Report, April 30, 2010
Report from Interior: Status Recommended for Long-term Foreign Workers, April 29, 2010
More Siemer Garbage, April 27, 2010
Status for Foreign Workers, April 26, 2010
Politics As Usual, CNMI Style, April 22, 2010
Letter to Deanne Siemer from Malou, March 27, 2010
CNMI vs US, March 25, 2010
The Ominous Omnibus Bill Now PL 17-1, March 22, 2010
More Whine, Rant, Spin, March 21, 2010
Forum at Kilili Beach, March 20, 2010
More on CNMI vs Feds Fight, March 18, 2010
More Undermining of Federal Authority, March 15, 2010
How Do you Get Something So Wrong? March 14, 2010
Statement From DOI Assistant Secretary Babauta, March 12, 2010
Federal Position Clarified by Federal Labor Ombudsman Pam Brown, March 10, 2010
More Labor Jive, March 9, 2010
Kaipat, and the Battle Continues, March 8, 2010
Assistant Secretary Babauta to Conduct Worker Forums, March 7, 2010
Ombudsman Meeting Draws Huge Crowd, March 4, 2010
Do Not Go to DOL, January 19, 2010
Umbrella Permit Confusion at DOL, January 17, 2010
CNMI Department of Labor Hell, January 15, 2010
Status for Foreign Workers, January 12, 2010
Notice from Federal Ombudsman, December 30, 2009
CNMI News Bites, December 29, 2009
Alien Registration Ends at Midnight, December 28, 2009
Alien Registration Almost Complete, December 27, 2009
Holiday Scrooges, December 23, 2009
Guest Worker News, December 18, 2009
Alien Registration Form Clarified, December 13, 2009
Alien Registration Form, December 12, 2009
Alien Registration Begins, December 10, 2009
More Schemes, December 1, 2009

Even Older...(look in search on this site for more anti-federal posts and Fitial Administration spin )
Federal Ombudsman Responds to Kaipat, January 20, 2008

CNMI Government's Withholding of Data and Statistics (The Ombudsman's Office would not have had to conduct a registration if the CNMI shared data.)
More on CNMI Statistics and Data August 4, 2009
DOL's 10th Interim Report: Hidden data and statistics, July 23, 2009
Questions About the CNMI Department of Labor June 24, 2009
Hidden Data, June 4, 2009


Anonymous said...

Ironic that Kim covered up Bucky's election fraud by refusing to publish the OPA report, and Siemer tossed thousand of the workers' DOL files and cases that prove that their employers owe them money. And still, they have the nerve to demand papers that were used to make the spread sheets for the DOI report. What a joke. You're right, it's a witch hunt!

Anonymous said...

Even sadder is that Kim most likely had nothing to do with this screw up of missing a deadline. Witch S is old and senile and forgot the deadline. Missing a filing date is so telling of what an ace attorney this nutcase really is. Fitial is a fool with a joker as his counsel.

Anonymous said...

Two attorneys who blame missing a deadline on a bad economy. Pathetic. I wouldn't want either to represent me. It's not the economy stupid, it's the stupid, stupid.

It's not your money! said...

It's the old, "the economy ate my homework" excuse, a favorite of third graders.