Monday, March 28, 2011

Transparency in the Age of Obama: 'They Don't Like to Abide by the Law or be Reminded That They are Breaking It'

Back on January 20, 2009, the day this abominable administration hit us like a plague, this was published on the White House website.
Transparency -- President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and will play a major role in delivering on that promise. The President's executive orders and proclamations will be published for everyone to review, and that’s just the beginning of our efforts to provide a window for all Americans into the business of the government.
Of course that was just one of many empty promises. Fast forward two years and they're treating Freedom of Information Act requests like they're radioactive.
Insiders at the Homeland Security Department warned for months that senior Obama administration appointees were improperly delaying the releases of government files on politically sensitive topics as sought by citizens, journalists and watchdog groups under the Freedom of Information Act, according to uncensored emails newly obtained by The Associated Press.

The highly unusual political vetting was described as "meddling," "crazy" and "bananas!" It is the subject of a congressional hearing later this week and an ongoing inquiry by the department's inspector general.
So on day one of this administration they began telling lies. What's amazing is how much the lapdog media keeps taking kicks to the teeth yet still bend over to accommodate the man.
More recently, immigration rights advocates asked the Homeland Security Department for emails that political advisers exchanged with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement about a controversial enforcement program. Inside the government, the search turned up emails described as "embarrassing, crude exchanges." But the political advisers never turned over their own embarrassing emails; these were revealed only when the recipients elsewhere in the department provided them.

"Apparently these embarrassing exchanges didn't get turned over when the (political) front office conducted its search but they did when the ICE employees copied on these exchanges coughed up the responsive records," the FOIA unit's associate director, William Holzerland, wrote in January to Papoi.

Papoi responded, "They don't like to abide by the law or be reminded that they are breaking it."
Issues like this get very little attention from the media because it makes Obama look bad and since they're the ones who foisted this charlatan upon us they too are embarrassed their guy hasn't lived up to his billing. of course if the Bush administration stonewalled on FOIA requests they'd be dogged about being secretive and criminal.

Pays to have that "D" after your name.

1 comment:

rich b said...

What else do you expect from an regime that ignores ORDERS from the Supreme Court of the Unites States.