“MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION?” NOT HARDLY …
|| By FITSNEWS || As recently as two years ago, U.S. president Barack Obama was bragging how his was the “most transparent administration” in American history. No really.
“This is the most transparent administration in history,” he said, adding “I can document that this is the case.”
We’re curious, then: Why did Obama’s White House decide this week to unilaterally remove its Office of Administration from further compliance with federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws? Completing an anti-transparency initiative begun during the administration of former president George W. Bush?
Oh, and why did Obama’s censors decide to pull the wool over the public’s eyes on National Freedom of Information Day – part of so-called “Sunshine Week?”
Good question …
Perhaps part of the answer can be found in an Associated Press report released on Wednesday …
The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn’t find documents and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.
It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law — but only when it was challenged.
Awesome … (<- sarcasm).
Also worth noting? The extent to which government used an exemption aimed at protecting the “privacy” of bureaucrats. As with the broader censorship, the use of this exemption also soared to a new record in 2014.
“Isn’t it cute that the U.S. government is so concerned with public officials’ personal privacy, yet shows no concern about the privacy of the citizenry?” mused Michael Krieger of the Liberty Blitzkrieg blog.
Hmmmm … let’s ask U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham that question, shall we?