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Seeing Through Obama’s Transparency Claims

by Keith Koffler on March 5, 2012, 3:57 pm

An article by Politico’s Josh Gersten today raises questions about the White House’s characterization of itself as the openness administration.

The article notes:

  • The Obama administration may be the worst in terms of stonewalling information requests made through Freedom of Information Act filings, and the White House is resisting efforts to expedite responses to the requests. According to the article: “Administration lawyers are aggressively fighting FOIA requests at the agency level and in court — sometimes on Obama’s direct orders. They’ve also wielded anti-transparency arguments even bolder than those asserted by the Bush administration.”
  • Agencies are throwing up hurdles like fees in the paths of those seeking information.
  • The administration is aggressively prosecuting whistleblowers and alleged leakers.

And don’t expect anything to improve during an election year.

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{ 16 comments }

One Mad Woman March 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm

If anyone believed that there would be any kind of transparency when this “administration” took office, then they don’t understand the definition of liberal and will need a refresher.

Liberal:
Favoring gradual reform, especially political reforms that extend democracy, distribute wealth more evenly, and protect the personal freedom of the individual
freely giving money, time, or some other asset

lc southern March 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm

The administration of transparency was never going to happen. For those who believed it, that notion should have died during the making of obamacare. We have to pass the law before you can find out what’s in it. Really hopping people wake up and see the road he wants to take America down. No to four more years!

Anonna March 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Those who voted for a transparent admininstration voted for what they wanted, not what Obama and his people intended to happen.

I remember how Obama spewed contradictory positions on subjects and people clung to the one with which they agreed and ignored the others.

And thus the fools voted him in.

Keith Koffler March 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

And we were promised transparency by the guy who won’t release any of his records. Might have thought something was up . . .

Anonna March 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

Yes, isn’t it ironic looking back at the way people were so caught up in the emotional high of voting for a black man and the nebulous concepts of “hope” and “change” that they were willing to throw aside every caution and reasonable expectation?

langley barfly March 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Obama’s “college records”…?

Susan March 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm

“The administration is aggressively prosecuting whistleblowers and alleged leakers.”

What about the Whistleblower’s Protection Act? Oh silly me…Baracka don’t need no stinkin’ laws. Just another example of him seizing extra-constitutional powers. Unfortunately for the tyrant, we will defeat him in the end. Andrew Brietbart left us a legacy. “The Vetting Begins” breitbart.com

Susan March 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Sadie March 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm

President “Lola” –

Whatever Lola wants Lola gets – No regrets. None, zip and zilch.

Girly1 March 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Josh Gersten at Politico can expect a trip to the woodshed!

President “Sneak” has more to hide than any politician in history — and the media is still covering up for him. His past history is murky, to say the least – with a couple of years between Occidental and Harvard where no one remembers him. His cronies are all unsavory characters going all the way back to his early days in Chicago. If it wasn’t for his education at prestigious Universites, he would appear to be, by all we know, …a drifter! No friends, no relatives (except for the Kenyans), and no moral compass! Who is this guy??? We still don’t know!

Someone needs to crack the ‘code of silence’ in that WH….sunlight is the greatest disinfectant! Time is of the essence!

Janna March 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Oh but we do know…he is a lying POS and as transparent as mud.

srdem65 March 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

sigh. Politico just noticed that the Obama administration is hiding information and closing ranks against any inquiries, oh, give us a break.
They have been supporting anything that comes out of the WhiteHouse as gospel not to be questioned for 3 years and doing their best to silence any dissenting opinions from anyone.

I’ll be watching MSNBC’s Morning Joe for the special appearance of a Politico spokesman who will alert the liberal audience that MrO has been hiding things from the public and they’re not going to stand for that kind of treatment. But don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath waiting for that.

sportinlife10 March 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Can’t we institute a “DUH” award for such naifs as Politico?

anneinarkansas March 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm

And who here is surprised?
The lack of transparency is a sure sign that frightening things are being covered up.
Keep your powder dry, folks.

Susan March 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

The coming out of a Hollywood conservative. Seeing how leftist the media is, you can probably relate to his experience Keith.
http://blackbxx.blogspot.com/2012/03/chasing-andrew.html#comment-form

Keith Koffler March 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thanks Susan, interesting piece. And you’re right. No one suspected I was ONE OF THEM. Because I actually did my job and kept my politics out of things. Most people are pretty good about things, though there have been some moments of discomfort and even nastiness since I bolted the MSM.