Another broken Obama promise: Openness and transparency

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by NW Spotlight

Obama’s administration: “a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.”

Remember back in January 2009 when President Obama said in a memo to his administration “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.” It’s still up on the White House web site.

Like so many other promises from President Obama, the reality has been almost the opposite of his promise to the American people. Not surprising from someone who accepted a 2011 transparency award in a closed-door meeting.

Even the fawning sycophants at the NY Times are critical. The executive editor of the NY Times said this week that “The Obama years are a benchmark for a new level of secrecy and control. It’s created quite a challenging atmosphere for The New York Times, and for some of the best reporters in my newsroom who cover national security issues in Washington.”

Last June, an AP article in the Huffington Post reported that the Obama administration “prosecutes leakers like no administration before it. It exercises state-secrets privileges to quash court cases against it. It hides a vast array of directives and legal opinions underpinning government actions – not just intelligence and not all of it about national security. Now it’s known to conduct sweeping phone-records and Internet surveillance of ordinary people in programs kept on the lowdown until an employee of a National Security Agency contractor revealed them.”

CBS News covered a report released last fall that said “The [Obama] administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate.”

Then last month, an analysis by the Associated Press found that “The Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.”

A few weeks ago, a frustrated writer on an online progressive news center wrote “In 2008, when campaigning, Barack Obama was often touted as a constitutional-law professor. As such, we can assume he studied writings of one of that document’s authors, James Madison, the fourth president of the U.S., considered the ‘Father of the Bill of Rights.’ Madison wrote, in 1822, ‘A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.'”

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  • Bob Clark

    James Buchal, local lawyer who ran for state’s attorney general in 2012, is studying the vast array of information searches, collection and retention of individual person data pervasive throughout the federal government. He makes a presentation which is very compelling about the Orwellian nature of government’s trashing of the fourth amendment. One of his findings is the government is getting around filing warrants on the collection of electronic information on individuals just by arguing the huge collection of data it has compiled on millions of Americans very likely contains at least one bad actor and one illegal act within it. This collection only required one big warrant covering millions of Americans.
    The country needs a reset on government and the use of electronic spying information.

    Buchal is happy to make his presentation for the case for resetting the government’s use of individual person data collection.

  • Eric Blair

    What? A liberal criticizing the President? I thought, according to some on here, that never happened? That it wasn’t possible. LOL
    Welcome to the party on this issue Oregon Catalyst. A little tardy, but still happy to have you here.

    • Jack Lord God

      > I thought, according to some on here, that never happened?

      Guess you better check your reading then buddy because you majorly screwed up. The point was, is and remains, liberals will never criticize with the same intensity or hold their leaders to the anywhere near the same standard as they would a conservative.

      You prove it here yourself – Your first inclination is to knock anyone critical of the administration rather than admit anything wrong with its highly secretive approach.

      Remember – Liberals do not question authority unless its for partisan advantage. Liberals obey and they do so with slavish devotion.

      • Eric Blair

        Bulls eye! That was too easy.

      • Eric Blair

        Do you truly believe that conservatives criticized Bush in the same way, and with the same fervor, that they now criticize Obama?? Don’t you think you’re describing what happens on both sides of the political spectrum? How many conservatives questioned whether or not George Bush was a natural born citizen? Get real, one side is just as bad as the other.

        So, yeah, quite a few liberals (not all) do not criticize Obama the same way they criticized Bush. That happens on the Conservative side as well. Just as often, just blinded by their politics.

        Oh, you’ve changed your tune. Only recently have you come up with, “liberals will never criticize with the same intensity…” Before that it was different, wasn’t it? And there are still some on here who will claim that liberals won’t criticize their own at all.

        • Jack Lord God

          >Oh, you’ve changed your tune.

          No, just reiterated it because I thought your screw up was fairly funny.

          The point here is, on any issue liberals were out in the street over when it came to Bush, they became strangley silent on the exact same issues once Obama was inaugurated.

          You know it. I know it, and that’s why you dance around it instead of proving me wrong and being critical of Obama even in the same way conservatives here are regularly critical of Bush.

          Want to prove me wrong?

          Name for me one issue where liberals were out in the street protesting Bush and did not sit down and shut up the second Obama was elected.

          GITMO prisoners? Nope, you guys sat down and shut up on election day with that one.

          NSA tapping? Nope, Out in the streets when Bush did it, sit down and shut up and maybe mutter a little on KOS when Obama does it tenfold.

          Unnecessary wars? Yep, Sit down and shut up time when if came to Afghanistan. Not a lot of bumper stickers making fun of the Syrian red line when Obama almost got us into a war there.

          Spending? – Yep, not a lot of hemming about Obama’s spending, with a real expensive brand spanking new entitlement to boot all on the credit card. Sure had a lot to say about it under Bush.

          Really – if you want any credibility at all on this issue, stop trying to deflect and start being honest about Obama’s failings.

          • Eric Blair

            You have no idea of how much I cry at night because I haven’t established credibility with you. Your approval means everything to me.

            You completely bypassed the point I made. How… boringly typical of you. You should take the time to read more carefully.

          • .

            Kin of, or a supplemental pseudonym for David Appell, are you?

  • guest

    Fooled once, shame on the minions who voted for Barack Hussein Obama a second time – still HOPING for conscientious leadership from the Oval Office.

    POTUS #44 a PIed Piper disaster-of-disguise and Dems who don’t know the difference – really, really need to wake up as to how bad the current occupancy continues bad for US.

    Too much smoke and mirrors for some still left and remain confused?

    Realize this: There still reigns an AG, if you swill, a Holdering a can of half-fast and furious red worms that’s arrogantly Putin out such bad Ayers, not even the ACA can MASH together enough victuals to mask the General’s odors from Kenya believe such Pied Piracy.

    ‘Bottom’ line: The Emperor Has No Clothes” nor Pins to mitigate cloture.

    IMO, impeach Obama now before “2016” and “Agenda 21” come to scratch his false presents from ‘mourning line oh my gods.’

  • Thomas

    It seems counter productive to continue to criticize Obama. Not that he doesn’t deserve it. It’s just that he’s not up for reelection. It seems that it would be more productive talking about his supporters…the Democrats. Ultimately they are the ones responsible for this mess.

    • guest

      Impeachment is way past due. Alas, Biden must go as well – yet that leaves Hillary’s pitch’n for POTUS ‘witch’ remains hoary-as-hell, e.g., White House scandals pouring out from Whitewater to Benghazi – she shouldn’t even be considered in the running.

      You’re correct, d’oh, the Democrats are the ones most responsible for not curbing the malfeasance – and, who should be holding their faux ‘fetes’ to the fire – kindling only what’s good in sustenance attending our Constitution.

      Sadly, given the circumference: Obviously, Mom and dad and apple Pi are aren’t cooling out on a common shelf. .

      So adhere Ye know: Now is past time for all good people to come to the aid of their Coventry by combining Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln cedes into baking a loaves of common sense commitment commencing with Election Days 2014. .

  • Jack Lord God

    We all know the way this will play out – The press will moan here and there in a quiet editorial but at the end of the day will still stand up in press briefings and ask “what’s your favourite color?”

    No we won’t see any real pursuit of this issue, not in the way we would had Obama been a Republican. We won’t see back to back episodes on 60 Minutes of the issue, like we did with Dan Rather’s made up National Guard scam.

    What we will see is an incredibly dogged pursuit of this issue should a Republican be elected in 2016. All of a sudden, hand wringing and “areas of concern” will begin to be discussed in the most grave of tones in an effort to avoid “the mistakes of the past”. Obama will never be referred to by name, just a nebulous “White House”.

    So sit back, we have roughly three more years of a press that will bend over backwards to avoid any conflict of interest with the White House agenda. Should a Republican be elected in 2016, expect investigative reporter to once again become a field of job growth. .

    • Eric Blair

      Do you think we’ll see dogged pursuit from conservatives? Why do you expect others to carry your water for you?

  • .

    Obama is the Leninist Liar of all POTUS’s, glands down.

  • .

    This guise has gotta go on down and drool in Kenya where he DEMonstraby placebo’s.

    Here, BHO – Aye, worst POTUS in US history should be impeached for DEMbilitating US’s Constitution – and deported to where he bongs.

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