Framing the Dialogue

Obama In His Own Words – Transparency

“The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails. The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Nondisclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve. In responding to requests under the FOIA, executive branch agencies should act promptly and in a spirit of cooperation, recognizing that such agencies are servants of the public.”

– – Barrack Hussein Obama (January 21, 2009 – one of his first Executive Orders)

Surprisingly the Washington Post called out the Obama Administration recently proving again that even the liberal media gets it right every once in a while.  Here is the headline followed by an excerpt from the article;

Vows to boost government transparency fall through

 “In its first year, the Obama administration vowed an increase in transparency across government, including through the Freedom of Information Act; the proactive release of documents; and the establishment of a new agency to declassify more than 370 million pages of archived material. Three years later, evidence suggests that administration officials have struggled to overturn the long-standing culture of secrecy in Washington. Some of these high-profile transparency measures have stalled, and by some measures, the government is keeping more secrets than before. Media organizations and individuals requesting information under FOIA last year were less likely to receive the material than in 2010 at 10 of the 15 cabinet-level departments, according to an analysis of annual reports of government agencies by The Washington Post.”

Even in bashing they just could not bring themselves to fully blame Obama and excused him of struggling to “overturn the long-standing culture of secrecy in Washington.”  There was no mention of Obama’s Attorney General being in Contempt of Congress for refusing to provide documents in the murderous Fast and Furious program causing hundreds of deaths in Mexico and the United States because weapons were encouraged by Obama to be transported from America into Mexico.

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