A recent report from the Associated Press found that the Obama administration denied Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests more than 479,000 times, a figure which represents an increase of 22 percent over the year before. Individual branches of the government were far more secretive than others, such as the Central Intelligence Agency which denied 60 percent of all FOIA requests last year, while the State Department responded to only 57 percent of claims as compared with 75 percent the year before.
Turning down FOIA requests is not the only action which the government is taking to guard its secrets. There has also been an increase in the number of prosecutions of individual service members who have been accused of leaking classified information to the press or the general public. In some cases, those who are charged with national security violations have taken action as whistleblowers, while in others they are mistakenly accused based on honest mistakes or false information. Every one of them, however, deserves fair treatment under the law and a proven legal defense to fight against the charges.
National security cases are among the most challenging in the field of court-martial defense, as they often involve complicated requests for discovery of classified evidence and the requirement that everyone involved in the closed court sessions is given a security clearance. The military justice system prosecutes national security breaches aggressively, and you cannot afford any delay in retaining legal representation.
Contact us now for a confidential consultation with a military criminal defense attorney from our team. With more than 45 years of experience and a background that includes serving in the JAG Corps as both prosecution and defense, we are ready to take on the challenge of defending you against the serious consequences you face!