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January 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 18
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FALWELL SUES WHITE HOUSE FOR INFO IN SECRET DATABASE
    WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - The Rev. Jerry Falwell filed a federal lawsuit against the Clinton administration and the FBI last week, demanding access to an alleged secret database that includes information on religious and pro-life leaders.

    Falwell's lawsuit contends the database is used to store information for use in smear campaigns. He sought the information last summer through a Freedom of Information Act request, but was rebuffed. In a letter filed with lawsuit, Meredith E. Cabe, an associate counsel to President Clinton, wrote, "FOIA does not establish a statutory right to the records Dr. Falwell has requested from the White House, if such records exist." Falwell said he learned of the database's existence through the group Judicial Watch.

    The lawsuit says keeping information about Falwell in the database is a violation of the Privacy Act, which makes it illegal for the government to keep a file on a person without a lawful reason.

          

January 26, 2000
volume 11, no. 18
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