Researcher D. Dean Johnson recently released FOIA’d emails between Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Public Affairs Officer Susan Gough and Public Affairs Officers from the United States Air Force. In the emails, Gough is allegedly trying to corral and control FOIA requests, which some people now think is an effort to circumvent and even thwart the Freedom of Information Act. Is this behavior unlawful, unethical or appropriate? Susan Gough has already reportedly become the only Public Affairs Officer to now comment on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, which in itself seems odd. Why would the OSD PAO speak for all branches of the government and armed services? Some think it is because many of the previous comments from various PAOs have been contradictory and this is an effort to not only consolidate them, but also muzzle unapproved information from reaching the public. The following are the emails in question:
After I questioned the legality of this behavior by Gough, James Greywood, who is an anonymous twitter user and seemingly a government insider responded in detail:
Another interesting tweet from Greywood:
Much more work has to been done on this front before any allegations can be proven or even brought up in a serious manner. If you are a lawyer, expert, or someone with a government background and have an opinion on this please contact me.
Journalist George Knapp chimed in:
More twitter comments: