Group Sues US Military for Weinstein Records

Update: Also at OneNewsNow, where Judicial Watch claims Michael Weinstein has had an “adverse affect on religious freedom in the military,” and LifeSiteNews.

Judicial Watch announced it has filed a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Defense seeking information about its relationship with Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, following his now-infamous meeting with Pentagon officials in April:

Judicial Watch…filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit…against the Department of Defense seeking “all records and communications” between the Pentagon and Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) founder Mikey Weinstein, a controversial activist who has compared evangelicals with the Taliban and al-Qaeda and has called for the court martial of Christian chaplains (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:13-cv-01372 )).

Judicial Watch said they filed their FOIA in May, and their lawsuit indicates the DoD has not been responsive, as required by law.  For those unfamiliar, the lawsuit simply demands records; it makes no claim regarding the actual relationship Weinstein has with the US military.

Interestingly, the Pentagon reportedly downplayed Weinstein’s role, and even the MRFF’s Chris Rodda claims reports of Weinstein’s influence over the military have been fabricated by “right-wing [sic] Christian[s].”  But Judicial Watch cites none other than Chris Rodda to support their claim:

In a Huffington Post article entitled “The Pentagon Most Certainly is Listening to Mikey Weinstein,” Chris Rodda, the senior research director at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, reinforced Weinstein’s relationship with the Pentagon, boasting that he forced Idaho’s Mountain Home Air Force Base to remove an inspirational piece of artwork from its dining facility with a single phone call…

It seems Chris Rodda put her foot in the MRFF’s mouth, which isn’t unusual at the “charity”.  [The artwork incident was discussed here.]

Judicial Watch joins the ADF in its efforts to publicize Weinstein’s behind-the-scenes “influence” of the US Air Force.  The ADF previously filed a FOIA over Chaplain (LtCol) Kenneth Reyes’ “banned” article.  As more groups obtain information about Weinstein — and publish it — Weinstein’s influence will likely wane if his relationship with the military becomes so stigmatized he becomes toxic to the “senior military leaders” he calls by first name.

For his part, Weinstein has little ability to criticize Judicial Watch’s action, as he frequently uses FOIA as a club against the military — and a convenient way to learn non-public information about those with whom he disagrees.



  • That is TOO funny! They seriously didn’t get that my piece on HuffPost was meant to be snarky and needle them about their ridiculous rumor that Mikey had been made some sort of Pentagon consultant and actually quoted it in a FOIA request? I love it!!!

  • No, of course I’m not saying the incident wasn’t true. I’m saying that I wrote about it snarkily because of how nuts everybody was going over the rumor started by and got a kick out of these people quoting that particular line so seriously.

    • If you wrote “snarkily,” that speaks to your maturity. But what reason would you have for questioning the repetition of the truth?

      You seem to be trying to make amends for giving someone ammunition — which you admit is true — that is now being used in an action which may negatively affect your employer. Did Weinstein reprimand you over the incident?

  • No, nobody reprimanded me over it. I just thought it was pretty funny that they’d choose a quote that was obviously meant to be snarky. You really don’t have much of a sense of humor, do you?

    • On the contrary. It’s hilarious that you think being “snarky” somehow negates the damage you unintentionally did to your own cause. Your “wit” backfired.

  • OK … whatever you need to tell yourself … LOL