Obama promised the most transparent and open administration ever. For Americans, he has utterly failed to deliver anything remotely close:
As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding “secret energy meetings” with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama’s “clean coal” policies. One reason: the disclosure of such records might impinge on privileged “presidential communications.” The refusal, approved by White House counsel Greg Craig’s office, is the latest in a series of cases in which Obama officials have opted against public disclosure. Since Obama pledged on his first day in office to usher in a “new era” of openness, “nothing has changed,” says David -Sobel, a lawyer who litigates FOIA cases. “For a president who said he was going to bring unprecedented transparency to government, you would certainly expect more than the recycling of old Bush secrecy policies.”
What we’ll find is that Obama is FAR worse than Bush ever was. Obama took Bush secrecy as his launching platform and then flew off to Mars with pathological and paranoid secrecy of his own.
How about this one?
WASHINGTON — It’s hardly the image of transparency the Obama administration wants to project: A workshop on government openness is closed to the public.
The event Monday for federal employees is a fitting symbol of President Barack Obama’s uneven record so far on the Freedom of Information Act, a big part of keeping his campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever. As Obama’s first year in office ends, the government’s actions when the public and press seek information are not yet matching up with the president’s words.
That’s right: Obama had a workshop on openness that was closed to the public. He doesn’t actually want an open administration; he merely wants to have the appearance of one. So we had a workshop on gimmickry on how to spin the truth and conceal reality.
And Obama’s paranoid secrecy gets even more pathetic and absurd from there. He just got through invoking executive privilege for his freaking SOCIAL SECRETARY! Do you know how ridiculous that is?
Michael Scherer of Time points out how utterly a insane this paranoid invocation of executive privilege is in his article:
But Gibbs’ justification for Rogers’ absence — invoking the separation of powers — nonetheless raised some eyebrows among legal scholars. “I’d completely fall out of my chair if they invoked executive privilege with regards to a social secretary arranging a party,” said Mark J. Rozell, a public policy professor at George Mason, who recently wrote a book on executive privilege.
I mean, c’mon, does the Social Secretary sit in on White House domestic and foreign policy briefings? It would sound simply absurd, but given the unprecedented corruption of this regime, nothing can be taken for granted.
Invoking executive privilege for a social secretary is beyond ridiculous. Unless you think that the number of White House plate settings in the color “mauve” is highly sensitive confidential information that needs to be protected.
So let’s just let it be known: the Obama administration clearly has no intention of applying Obama’s promises of transparency and openness to the American people.
So who IS Obama going to apply his promises of transparency and openness to?
In a massive security breach, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inadvertently posted online its airport screening procedures manual, including some of the most closely guarded secrets regarding special rules for diplomats and CIA and law enforcement officers.
The most sensitive parts of the 93-page Standard Operating Procedures manual were apparently redacted in a way that computer savvy individuals easily overcame.
The document shows sample CIA, Congressional and law enforcement credentials which experts say would make it easy for terrorists to duplicate.
The improperly redacted areas indicate that only 20 percent of checked bags are to be hand searched for explosives and reveal in detail the limitations of x-ray screening machines.
The most terrorist-friendly administration in American history just got even friendlier.
On the bright side, at least conservative can’t say Obama isn’t being “transparent” and “open” anymore. Terrorists are being allowed to learn everything they want as the veils are lifted.