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Judicial Watch sues Defense Department to learn why 'So help me God' removed from Air Force materials

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Judicial Watch wants to know who made the decision to remove the phrase "So help me God" from certain U.S. Air Force training materials and why, and the nonprofit watchdog group has gone to federal court as a result.

The group's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was filed against the Department of Defense and seeks all records regarding the decision to remove the four words from the U.S. Air Force Academy's written materials, including the cadet handbook.

Judicial Watch also wants access to all documents concerning communication among academy officials and other Air Force or DOD executives prior to the removal decision.

“Unilaterally removing ‘So help me God’ from Air Force Academy materials is at odds with our nation’s history, the rule of law, and the fundamental values of the American people,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“We want to get to the bottom of this controversy, and it is a shame we had to go to court to try to get past the Pentagon’s stonewall,” Fitton said.

The Air Force Academy is in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Read the Judicial Watch lawsuit filing here.

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Kelly Cohen

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The Washington Examiner