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WH Political Appointees Screening FOIA Requests is not Change I Can Believe In

As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people’s trust in their government by making
government more open and transparent…. Obama will require Cabinet officials to have periodic 21st Century Fireside Chats, restore meaning to the Freedom of Information Act, and conduct regulatory agency business in public.

Obama for America, September 22 2008

I want to applaud everyone who has worked to increase transparency in government and recommit my administration to be the most open and transparent ever, an effort that will strengthen our democracy and ensure the public’s trust in their government. We came to Washington to change the way business was done, and part of that was making ourselves accountable to the American people by opening up our government…. Our work is not done. We will continue to work toward an unmatched level of transparency, participation and accountability across the entire Administration.

President Barack Obama, Sunshine Week Declaration, March 16 2010

Open government is a commitment, though, not a task. Thus the Administration’s efforts to promote open government are, as they should be, still ongoing. Nor is greater transparency desirable in every case and circumstance.

Steve Crowley, delegated Special Assistant to the President, Sunshine Week Declaration, March 16 2011

Amidst the shift in transparency talk, it turns out that the Department of Homeland Security is using political appointees to screen Freedom of Information requests by citizens for governmental information. Career, non-political staffers at the Department Homeland Security are using words like “crazy,” “meddling,” “nuts” and “bananas” to describe the manner in which Obama administration political operatives were second guessing their work and holding up the release of documents to the public.

Political screening of Freedom of Information Requests is not Change I Can Believe In.

3 thoughts on “WH Political Appointees Screening FOIA Requests is not Change I Can Believe In”

  1. Tom says:

    Isn’t it peculiar how all the talk about change and transparency is, in the end, derailed, stalled indefinitely, or otherwise skewed to be “a national security risk” in some way so that it doesn’t really happen? i used to marvel at how communist Russia or China spewed propaganda 24/7 to their people and it seemed so easy to spot (how could anyone believe this crap?) when i was a kid – but now, we’re just like them! The numbers the government advertises for “the recovery” or the “cost of living” for example are complete hogwash and i doubt many citizens actually believe them.

  2. Tom says:

    Here’s another example of the bankster take-over at work:

    http://www.correntewire.com/thieving_banksters_work_get_away_clean#more

    i don’t know why you deleted my last example, but here it is again (More Than a Little Doubt):

    http://www.financialarmageddon.com/

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