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  • Supposedly-Transparent Obama Administration Looking Pretty Opaque

    Remember how the Obama administration was going to be the most open in modern history and usher in a new era transparency in how the federal government conducts it's business? That all seemed pretty promising, didn't it? Now, more than three years in, how's all that working out?

    I'm sorry, but I can't tell you. That's classified information

    "Obama is the sixth administration that's been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work… It's kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is the worst on FOIA issues. The worst. There's just no question about it," said Katherine Meyer, a Washington lawyer who’s been filing FOIA cases since 1978. "This administration is raising one barrier after another… It's gotten to the point where I’m stunned — I'm really stunned."…

    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.

    The administration has embarked on an unprecedented wave of prosecutions of whistleblowers and alleged leakers — an effort many journalists believe is aimed at blocking national security-related stories.

    Yeesh! That's not particularly heartening. In fact, it's pretty scary. And this from a supposedly populist president who was swept into office on a wave of disapproval of draconian tactics of the previous administration. Oh, man, it just makes me so angry, I could… Hold on. The door bell's ringing. I'll finish this thought in a minute…

    I'm back. Like I was saying. Barack Obama is the best. He is the greatest president in the history of America. I would never say anything to besmirch his flawless character.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Obama Administration