Department of Defense v. Karantsalis

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Summary

Threat Type: 

Denial of Access

Date: 

01/31/2006

Status: 

Concluded

Location: 

Florida

Disposition: 

Lawsuit Filed

Verdict or Settlement Amount: 

N/A
Theo Karantsalis, 47, a Miami librarian, sued the Dept. of Defense and the U.S. Air Force under the Freedom of Information Act then released information obtained on the 1986 U.S. raid on Libya raid to the public. Karantsalis's lawsuit, filed Jan.... read full description
Parties

Party Receiving Legal Threat: 

Theodore D. Karantsalis

Type of Party: 

Government

Type of Party: 

Individual

Location of Party: 

  • United States

Location of Party: 

  • Florida

Legal Counsel: 

Pro se
Description

Theo Karantsalis, 47, a Miami librarian, sued the Dept. of Defense and the U.S. Air Force under the Freedom of Information Act then released information obtained on the 1986 U.S. raid on Libya raid to the public.

Karantsalis's lawsuit, filed Jan. 27, 2006, sought "disclosure and release of agency records improperly withheld" by the government. Karantsalis wanted to know what happened to his friend, Capt. Paul Lorence, after his F-111F crashed during an April 15, 1986, U.S. airstrike on Libya.

Lorence was part of a U.S. airstrike team that targeted Col. Moammar Gadhafi after it was alleged that Libya participated in a German nightclub attack that left two U.S. soldiers dead. It was widely believed that Lorence's aircraft was shot down over the Mediterranean Sea.

Karantsalis, acting as his own attorney, deposed military officials from the Pentagon and in Europe seeking answers.

Karantsalis released the documents to the Citizen Media Law Project for publication on Jan. 29.

Included are releases from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Department of Prisoners of War/Missing Personnel Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Read the Washington Post article on May 2, 2006.

Update:

12/14/2009 - The district court granted the defendants' motion finding that the mug shots were exempt under FOIA and entered final judgment.

03/01/2010 - Karantsalis filed his appellant's brief.

Details

Content Type: 

  • Text

Publication Medium: 

Website

Subject Area: 

  • Access to Gov't Information
Court Information & Documents
CMLP Information (Private)

Threat Source: 

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