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Grant v. Central Intelligence Agency

United States District Court, D. Hawaii

December 20, 2019

WILLIAM LEE GRANT II, Plaintiff,
v.
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY SPECIAL COLLECTION SERVICE, Defendants.

          ORDER DISMISSING COMPLAINT WITH PREJUDICE

          JILL A. OTAKE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         On October 28, 2019, Plaintiff William Lee Grant II (“Plaintiff”), who is self-represented, filed a Civil Liberties Complaint (“Complaint”). ECF No. 1. By Order dated November 26, 2012, the Court granted Plaintiff's Application to Proceed in District Court without Prepaying Fees or Costs, ECF No. 2, and also ordered Plaintiff to show cause why this action should not be transferred or dismissed for improper venue.[1] ECF No. 4 (“Order to Show Cause”). Plaintiff timely responded to the Order to Show Cause on December 10, 2019. ECF No. 5 (“Response”). For the following reasons, Plaintiffs Complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.

         The statute governing venue in general states:

         A civil action may be brought in--

(1) a judicial district in which any defendant resides, if all defendants are residents of the State in which the district is located;
(2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred, or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action is situated; or
(3) if there is no district in which an action may otherwise be brought as provided in this section, any judicial district in which any defendant is subject to the court's personal jurisdiction with respect to such action.

28 U.S.C. § 1391(b).

         As stated in the Order to Show Cause, a liberal construction of the Complaint reveals that the allegations regarding the defendants named in the caption (“Central Intelligence Agency” and “Special Collection Service” (collectively, “Defendants”)), or containing any reference to Hawai'i, are limited to the following paragraphs:

67) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) killed John F. Kennedy.
. . . .
69) The CIA triangulated against the DOD to use the DOD to achieve the CIA's mandate to contain Communism in Southeast Asia.
89) The Special Collection Service is a “joint” Central Intelligence Agency and National ...

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