By John W. Lillpop
One of the early lies promulgated by Barack Obama, after his seizure of the Oval Office, was a pledge to the American people that his administration would be “the most transparent” in history.
For the record, The one’s earliest lie as president came on January 20, 2009 when, with his right hand raised, he affirmed the presidential oath of office by saying,
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
As we the people have learned, our pathetic Community Organizer had no intention of even trying to live up to that oath. His was the path of ‘fundamentally transforming’ America from a vibrant nation of laws and decency into a third-world dictatorship where the words of Lenin, Marx, and Stalin replaced the utterances of Washington, Madison, and the Founders as pearls of great wisdom.
As to the transparency scam, even bastions of liberal double-talk have seen through the Obama smoke screen.
The Obama administration has a way to go to fulfill its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in history.
More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests.
The government's own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records. In category after category - except for reducing numbers of old requests and a slight increase in how often it waived copying fees - the government's efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.
In a year of intense public interest over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, the government cited national security to withhold information a record 8,496 times - a 57 percent increase over a year earlier and more than double Obama's first year, when it cited that reason 3,658 times. The Defense Department, including the NSA, and the CIA accounted for nearly all those. The Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency cited national security six times, the Environmental Protection Agency did twice and the National Park Service once.
And five years after Obama directed agencies to less frequently invoke a "deliberative process" exception to withhold materials describing decision-making behind the scenes, the government did it anyway, a record 81,752 times.
"I'm concerned the growing trend toward relying upon FOIA exemptions to withhold large swaths of government information is hindering the public's right to know," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "It becomes too much of a temptation. If you screw up in government, just mark it `top secret.'"
For the uninformed, Patrick Leahy is hardly a right-wing nut. His concern should cause all to reflect soberly.
Most “transparent administration in history”?
Believe that and you would probably fall for his sales pitch about keeping your doctor and health-care plan under Obamacare!
The One’s latest poll numbers from Gallup show 39 % approval---which means that lack of transparency surrounding the health care debate has been penetrated and truth is emerging!