So Much for Transparency

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Administration Refused More Than a Third of FOIA Requests Last Year
Via Two years into its pledge to improve government transparency, the Obama administration handled fewer requests for federal records from citizens, journalists, companies and others last year even as significantly more people asked for information. The administration disclosed at least some of what people wanted at about the same rate as the previous year.
People requested information 544,360 times last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the 35 largest agencies, up nearly 41,000 more than the previous year, according to an analysis by The Associated Press of new federal data. But the government took action on nearly 12,400 fewer requests.
From the White House website: My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government. Government should be transparent.  Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.  My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.
The Obama administration even censored 194 pages of internal e-mails about its Open Government Directive that the AP requested more than one year ago. The State Department received and handled three times as many requests in 2010 than the previous year. It ended up with a backlog of more than 20,500 overdue cases, more than twice as many as the previous year.
Overall, the decidedly mixed performance shows the federal government struggling to match the promises Obama made early in his term to improve transparency and disclose more information rapidly. So much for that hope and change! Even the majority of comments on HuffPo are critical of Obama for this. Elections have consequences.

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0 responses to “So Much for Transparency

  1. The collage of pics of Obama giving America the finger says it all!

  2. lowtechgrannie

    “Transparency” is a word with many shades of meaning, trust me. LOL!

  3. Behind closed doors, in secret, in the bsaement of the White House, in the dark of night. This is an operation of the most Machiavellian diseased minds. Straight from the bowels of hell. Make no mistake.

  4. The Obama Presidency is an “FU” institution where transparency means “clear as mud”. Why hasn’t the Hawaiian election official who now teaches in Kentucky shared the ineligibility of Obama to hold office with the world at large?

    • Zorro,
      Former Hawaii elections official Tim Adams has given interviews to talk radio and to World Net Daily. He even said he’s willing to testify in court that Hawaii does not have Obama’s longform birth certificate. I don’t know what more he can do, if the MSM simply will not write or talk about him.
      Now, Lucas Smith, the guy who claims he’s seen and has a copy of Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate, says he’s willing to testify before Congress. But neither Adams nor Smith can get traction since it’s only fringe media like WorldNetDaily and us bloggers who give them the time of the day.
      The Obama inEligibility issue truly is a conspiracy, deep and broad in scope.

  5. I say we give him the proverbial “finger” right back, and not wait until November of 2012 to do it, either.

  6. just read that the “Department of Justice” under Holder has removed the “Red,White and Blue” from the website,and replaced it with black and white,and a ridiculous verse-on my way to check it out.

  7. Eowyn, your wisdom and intelligence always shine through.
    The Obama Ineligibility Conspiracy seems to be one of the cornerstones for the New World Order. Obama has been stripping America of freedom, security, and (financial) stability since the farce known as his inauguration.

  8. Yep,the “Red,White and Blue” are gone- using the ursurpers words-We the People need to tighten the noose,on him and holder-


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