Obama’s “Transparency”

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I am committed to making my Adminstration the most open and transparent in history...”

Barack Obama

http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/minister-obama-failing-to-uphold-u-s-values/print/

Yet…

Obama administration sets all-time record for governmental opacity

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ab029d7c625149348143a51ff61175c6/us-sets-new-record-denying-censoring-government-files

and…

Senator Stealth

http://www.nationalreview.com/blogs/print/226185

and…

The Most Transparent Administration in History?

http://alineofsight.com/policy/the-most-transparent-administration-in-history

and…

Obama’s Empty Transparency Rhetoric

One of Obama’s first actions as president was a pledge to transparency.  But according to a House hearing and outside watchdog groups, that promise has so far been a giant bust.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703849204576303272813116318.html

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The Freedom Of Information Act:

White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/16/white-house-foia-regulations-deleted/24844253/

and…

Yes, “FOIA Denial Officer” Is a Real Job Titlein the “Most Transparent Administration      in History”

http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/13/yes-foia-denial-officer-is-a-real-job-ti

and…

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…

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=C4068C58-B56D-4FFB-8E82-A83475680988

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Transparency Troubles: Secrecy concerns mount for Obama in 2nd term

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/13/obama-administration-transparency/

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Obama’s Mentor: We Hid this Video Throughout the 2008 Campaign

http://pjmedia.com/eddriscoll/2012/03/07/obamas-mentor-we-hid-this-video-throughout-the-2008-campaign/?print=1

Speaking of videos…

Don’t tell me words don’t matter.

http://www.ijreview.com/2012/09/15290-case-closed-if-moderate-voters-see-this-video-its-over-for-obama/

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[Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services directed staffers to] destroy… key records in a criminal case against Planned Parenthood [when she was governor of Kansas].

http://www.worldmag.com/printer.cfm?id=18794

and…

Shredded again

For a second time, key evidence in a Kansas criminal case against Planned Parenthood was destroyed

http://www.worldmag.com/printer.cfm?id=18842

[Surely it was just an accident.]

[Again.]

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What Is He Hiding?

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151300487853854&set=a.10150140108168854.337792.116727628853&type=1&theater

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ACORN Front Group Destroys Evidence of OWS Ties

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/11/07/acorn-front-group-destroys-evidence-of-ows-ties/print/

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Pro-Life Group Sues HHS to Force Release of Documents on Planned Parenthood Funding

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/pro-life-group-sues-hhs-force-release-documents-planned-parenthood-funding

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But who is this doctor?  And is he or she still practicing?We don’t know.  The [Obama administration] won’t say.  And it won’t even let reporters or anyone else investigate to find out.

http://www.kansascity.com/2011/12/17/3325411/secrecy-protects-problem-doctors.html

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Obama’s Transparency w/ The Press

At 1:00 PM, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board… Th[is] meeting[ is] closed [to the] press.

http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/1111/biden_hidin_e42e6930-e288-47d8-9a86-b6a3cca55b8a.html

and…

White House blocks access to Obama events, news groups say

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/11/21/209352/white-house-blocks-access-to-obama.html

and…

Frustrated reporters to send Obama list of press freedom demands

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/frustrated-reporters-to-send-obama-list-of-press-freedom-demands/article/2562512

and…

Access denied: Reporters say federal officials, data increasingly off limits

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/access-denied-reporters-say-federal-officials-data-increasingly-off-limits/2015/03/30/935b4962-c04b-11e4-ad5c-3b8ce89f1b89_story.html

and…

NYT reporterv [Leonard Downie]: Obama admin “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/10/05/nyt-reporter-obama-admin-most-closed-control-freak-administration-ive-ever-covered/

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Liberal magazine Mother Jones laments this week that the Obama administration spent a record-high $12 billion in 2011 to keep government information classified.”

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/jlaksin/the-power-of-silence/print/

and…

[Jill Abramson] calls [Obama’s] the ‘most secretive White House’ she has covered…

http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/talk-to-al-jazeera/interviews-and-more/2014/1/21/jill-abramson-talkstojohnseigenthaler.html

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U.S. Seals Court Records Of Border Patrol’s Murder

We know this only because Washington D.C.’s conservative newspaper , the Washington Times, got ahold of the court documents before the government suddenly made them off limits.”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/nov/u-s-seals-court-records-border-patrol-s-murder

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Obama Once Again Issues Jerusalem Embassy Waiver on a Friday, to Minimize Publicity

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/obama-once-again-issues-jerusalem-embassy-waiver-friday-minimize-publicity

[Send us a link to any mainstream media coverage of that story, OK?]

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Barack Obama continues to block access to numerous documents that could resolve lingering questions about his presidential eligibility, but his spokesman thinks it’s Republican candidate Mitt Romney who needs to come clean.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=380729

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White House threw secret ‘Alice in Wonderland’ bash during recession

http://www.nypost.com/f/print/news/national/in_blunderland_hKpNQkHfvpEWe4F51kI4dP

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Auditor says Treasury keeping quiet on TARP money losers

http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/banking-financial-institutions/203245-auditor-treasury-keeps-quiet-on-tarp-money-losers

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College Records:

Carney Dodges Question About Obama’s College Transcripts: “I Would Refer You To The Campaign”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/17/carney_dodges_question_about_obamas_college_transcripts_i_would_refer_

and…

Jay Carney sneers at reporter’s request for Obama’s college records

http://washingtonexaminer.com/jay-carney-sneers-at-reporters-request-for-obamas-college-records/article/2501973

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A draft settlement between states and mortgage companies that would let the nation’s biggest banks pay out billions to compensate for a raft of foreclosures has public interest groups across the political spectrum hopping mad over a deal they say was forged behind closed doors and is being strong-armed by the Obama administration.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/27/mortgage-deal-draws-detractors/

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“A draft settlement between states and mortgage companies that would let the nation’s biggest banks pay out billions to compensate for a raft of foreclosures has public interest groups across the political spectrum hopping mad over a deal they say was forged behind closed doors and is being strong-armed by the Obama administration.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/01/27/mortgage-deal-draws-detractors/

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HHS Secretary Flees Reporters’ Questions on Contraception Mandate

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/hhs-secretary-flees-reporters-questions-contraception-mandate

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Open government watchdog names Justice Department as most secretive agency

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/15/national-security-archive-names-justice-department-as-most-secretive/?test=latestnews

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President Obama’s muddy transparency record

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73606.html

[The publisher of that article, btw, — Politico –  happens to be  one of President Obama’s most ardent overt and covert supporters.]

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Part of a tradition observed by previous presidents, including George W. Bush, that disclosure stopped after Obama’s dinner last year for Chinese President Hu Jintao.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-13/obama-transparency-scaled-back-when-it-comes-to-wine-list-at-state-dinner.html

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A new survey from the Society of Professional Journalists reveals that gatekeepers installed by the government are keeping reporters from sources of information inside federal agencies, resulting in a censorship that is preventing the full flow of information the public needs.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/citizens-lose-because-of-govt-gatekeepers/print/

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Vow of silence key to White House-Calif. fuel economy talks

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/05/20/20greenwire-vow-of-silence-key-to-white-house-calif-fuel-e-12208.html?pagewanted=print

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 Feds refuse to release Obama draft docs to Sheriff Joe

Arizona lawman’s team believes registration fraudulent

http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/feds-refuse-to-release-obama-draft-docs-to-sheriff-joe/print/

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Obama Admin “Admits” It Wrongly Excluded Public Comments on Mandate

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/04/13/obama-admin-admits-it-wrongly-excluded-public-comments-on-mandate/

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The agreement was negotiated in total secrecy.

http://www.worldnewstribune.com/2012/02/20/obama-state-department-set-to-cede-oil-rich-alaska-islands-to-russia/

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[Our own staff reports that] There is no indication of any misconduct by any member of the White House advance team or staff.

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/wh-comms-agency-drawn-secret-service-scandal/496626

[Uhm…]

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Obama’s EPA:

EPA’s War on Transparency

http://www.globalwarming.org/2012/01/10/epa%E2%80%99s-war-on-transparency/

and…

Obama EPA is the most difficult to get information and answers out of that I’ve covered in 20 years.

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=8964ec0a-a03f-4c00-45c7-a3b215a4ca49

Ken Ward Jr., President, Society of Environmental Journalists

and…

In his book, ‘The Liberal War on on Transparency,’ Horner revealed the existence of ‘alias’ email accounts used by EPA administrators.  The first such transparency dodge, he writes, came from Carol Browner, former director of the Obama White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and Bill Clinton’s EPA administrator.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/12/epa-chiefs-secret-alias-email-account-revealed/

and…

EPA administrators invent excuses to avoid transparency

http://washingtonexaminer.com/epa-administrators-invent-excuses-to-avoid-transparency/article/2514301#.ULQjY9ewdup

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A senior federal investigator says he was denied access to a White House official and full email records as he tried to determine whether a BP oil spill report was intentionally edited to erroneously suggest outside experts supported the Obama administration’s deepwater drilling moratorium.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2012/05/oil_spill_moratorium_inquiries.html

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Obamacare:

Three years ago, President Obama cut a secret deal with pharmaceutical company lobbyists to secure the industry’s support for his national health care law.  Despite Obama’s promises during his campaign to run a transparent administration, the deal has been shrouded in mystery ever since.

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/gop-probe-uncovers-deal-between-obama-and-drug-cos/546256

and…

Obamacare architect: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/11/10/obamacare-architect-stupidity-of-the-american-voter-was-critical-to-passing-the-law/

and…

White House stealthily diverts $500 million to IRS for Obamacare enforcement

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/04/white_house_stealthily_diverts_500_million_to_irs_for_obamacare_enforcement.html

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There is probably a good reason the Obama campaign kind of, sort of, well… you know – FORGOT to disclose the check in their FEC reporting.  It’s illegal.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/05/strip_club_obama_campaign_are_recipients_of_chicago_vendor_payouts.html

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Top secret: $80B a year for food stamps, but [Obama administration] won’t reveal what’s purchased

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/24/top-secret-what-food-stamps-buy/

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US Defense Department Censoring Opposition to Military’s Gay Policy?

http://www.christianpost.com/news/us-defense-department-censoring-opposition-to-militarys-gay-policy-77925/print.html

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[Obama’s press secretary Jay] Carney would not say whether President Obama believe it’s Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/carney-unable-say-capital-israel_649019.html

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A representative of Barack Obama’s Department of Justice has refused – over and over – to answer a question from a member of Congress about the agency’s dedication to freedom of speech.

http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/doj-wont-promise-to-protect-free-speech/print/

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White House Won’t Say Obama Position on Late-Term Abortion Ban

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/07/31/white-house-wont-say-obama-position-on-late-term-abortion-ban/

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What Is Obama’s Stand on Polygamy?  WH Spokesman Won’t Answer

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/what-obamas-stand-polygamy-wh-spokesman-wont-answer

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[Obama’s] ‘Wild Lands’ policy was intended to identify and manage wilderness areas while circumventing the normal — and transparent — congressional process.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/wild-lands-2-0-defeated-salazar-policy-resurrected-in-back-door-blm-move/?print=1

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The [Obama] White House is doing something with its local TV interviews that it could not easily get away with in encounters with the White House press corps, which President Obama has been studiously ignoring: choosing the topic about which President Obama and the reporter will talk.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/08/21/white-house-sets-ground-rules-local-interviews/

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Democratic Party officials say they will not release the names of donors to next month’s political convention before the event, despite an earlier pledge that they would regularly disclose the contributors.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-wont-disclose-donors-to-convention-until-after-the-event/2012/08/21/460c69a2-e88a-11e1-8487-64e4b2a79ba8_print.html

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[FOIA-Released] E-Mails Show Journalists ‘Cover Energy And Environment Subjects As Liberal Activists’

http://cnsnews.com/blog/julia-seymour/author-journalists-cover-energy-and-environment-subjects-liberal-activists-e

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Fast & Furious:

White House Wo[uld]n’t Let Rep. Issa Question Key Staffer About Fast and Furious

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/04/white_house_wont_let_rep_issa_question_key_staffer_about_fast_and_furious.html

and…

Inspector General Report on Fast and Furious Leaves Biggest Questions Unanswered

http://pjmedia.com/blog/inspector-general-report-on-fast-and-furious-leaves-biggest-questions-unanswered/?print=1

and…

DOJ Fast-and-Furious Report: WH Aide Declined Interview With IG; ‘White House Did Not Produce Any Internal White House Communications’

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/doj-fast-and-furious-report-wh-aide-declined-interview-ig-white-house-did-not-produce

and…

The White House’s refusal to release communications related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking program and the refusal of a White House official to be interviewed about the matter “made it impossible” for the inspector general (IG) of the Justice Department to ‘pursue that aspect of the case,’ the IG, Michael Horowitz, testified.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ig-white-house-made-it-impossible-pursue-lead-fast-and-furious-probe

and…

ATF Whistleblower Fired in Denny’s Parking Lot For Exposing Corruption

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/10/12/atf_whistleblower_fired_in_dennys_parking_lot

and…

Obamacare architect: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/11/10/obamacare-architect-stupidity-of-the-american-voter-was-critical-to-passing-the-law/

and…

Inspectors General Say Obama Administration Obstructing Justice

http://dailysignal.com/2014/08/17/hiding-inspector-generals-say-obama-obstructing-justice/

and…

Obama DOJ Refuses to Release Fast and Furious Docs

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/arnold-ahlert/obama-doj-refuses-to-release-fast-and-furious-docs/print/

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Watchdog Gives U.S. Agencies Poor Marks for Transparency in Foreign Aid

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/watchdog-gives-us-agencies-poor-marks-transparency-foreign-aid

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This from the Most Transparent Administration in History.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/10/obama_lawlessness_part_ii.html

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Benghazigate:

The White House is declining to say when President Barack Obama first learned of three e-mails that the State Department sent to the White House on Sept. 11, 2012, directly notifying the Executive Office of the President that the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was under attack…  The White House also declined to say when the president first met with the National Security Council after the Benghazi attack.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/wh-we-decline-comment-when-obama-learned-e-mails-met-nsc-benghazi

and…

Benghazigate: The Cover-Up Continues

http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/01/benghazigate_the_cover-up_continues.html

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Feinstein Increases Criticism of Administration for Withholding Scandal Information

http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/11/12/feinstein-increases-criticism-of-administration-for-withholding-scandal-information/?print=1

[ASND reminds readers (who likely don’t read much) that Dianne Feinstein is a Democrat.]

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… the Obama transparency tailspin was a product of failure to apprehend what transparency is and how it is produced.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/PA711.pdf

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WH Refers Scandal Questions to Other Agencies 10 Times in 10 Minutes

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/wh-refers-scandal-questions-other-agencies-10-times-10-minutes

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WH Won’t Release Photos of Obama Team During Benghazi Attack

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/21/White-House-refuses-to-release-Benghazi-photos

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[Obama’s] NSA Refuses To Release Secret Obama Directive On Cybersecurity

http://www.infowars.com/nsa-refuses-to-release-secret-obama-directive-on-cybersecurity/

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