Most transparent administration-surely you jest

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    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/keving...thdailypm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm

    More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

    The government's own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records. In category after category — except for reducing numbers of old requests and a slight increase in how often it waived copying fees — the government's efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.

    And five years after Obama directed agencies to less frequently invoke a "deliberative process" exception to withhold materials describing decision-making behind the scenes, the government did it anyway, a record 81,752 times.
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    Why be transparent when the opposition will just make up sh** about anything, anyway?
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    geez shab

    if they have nothing to hide then there is no reason for their actions
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    To most Americans this is simply "meet the new boss, same as the old boss" with all due respect to The Who. Same old crap, different wrapper, more bankers getting rich and currency being debased. In 2016 we can get a female wrapper and get screwed over some more. Woo boy!! Forward!
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    Sure there is. The completely dishonest and untrustworthy opposition party.
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    I mean, are you serious about using this line of logic?
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    All the more reason to be transparent- it debunks the BS.
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    Like ads citing a certain presidential candidate as the CEO who oversaw the cancelation of a cancer patients health insurance?
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    hmmm-it appears the regime rewrote the laws using a secret memorandum- totally illegal

    http://personalliberty.com/2014/03/...to-ensure-political-advantage-damage-control/

    As the Washington Examiner observed Tuesday, the Freedom of Information Act has, throughout its long history, never been modified to accommodate this new, expansive language. A proposal currently before Congress, if it becomes law, would actually amend the FOIA to favor the curious public, streamlining the application process and expediting responses from government agencies.

    That’s a far cry from the secretive 2009 memorandum that effectively altered the law to benefit the sitting President.

    Although the memo illegally (but successfully) broadened the White House’s prerogative in obstructing FOIA requests, the most damaging phrase is “White House equities.” Evidently, no one but the White House is gifted with the authority to interpret what it means.

    “An instructive example of how ‘White House equities’ is construed – and ultimately abused – is the White House’s review of FOIA requests concerning the well-publicized conference spending scandal at the General Services Administration (GSA),” Cause of Action explains. “E-mails between GSA and the White House Counsel’s Office show that the Administration affirmatively sought to review document requests related to politically-sensitive issues.

    “…All the more egregious is the fact that the President has used White House equities to reverse the FOIA process: FOIA is designed to inform the public on government behavior; White House equities allow the government to withhold information from the media, and therefore the public, by having media requests forwarded for review. This not only politicizes federal agencies, it impairs fundamental First Amendment liberties.”

    That’s as sinister as it is illegal. Rewriting the Freedom of Information Act by any means other than Congressional amendment is illegal, and taking extraordinary, unConstitutional action to rewrite the law expressly to gain a political advantage –
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    With all due respect Bill... I can see right through Obama and his BS! He's very "transparent" to me.
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    Really, there have been few surprises with Obama. Many of us knew he was an empty suit. check Many of us knew he had no clue about private enterprise. check Many of us suspected he was not playing for the home team. check

    Only surprises are I thought someone would find at least one person who knew him at Occidental or Columbia and I thought Trump would find his Indonesian Birth certificate and so far...no luck on either of these two.
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    Opposition wouldn't have to make Sh** up it you were transparent now would they???
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    Maybe because he promised and gave his word (if that is any good.)
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    LOL

    That was a full belly laugh. Thanks. I needed that.
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    So transparent you can't see a thing.
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    Or didn't pay any taxes for 10 years?

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