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mexicomaria

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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 11:19:54 AM

Pres. Obama's call for Transparency

"Transparency is the touchstone of this administration."

I thought we could talk here about all the examples of transparency in the Obama administration.
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2014 8:48:12 AM

Seems like it is acceptable to be lied to. A generation or two ago this behavior would not have been tolerated.

[Edited by: Grizdad at 11/30/2014 8:48:26 AM EST]
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2014 4:50:21 AM

Pro-life groups launch website to showcase abortion funding in Obamacare

11-26-14

"Leading pro-life groups have created a website to increase transparency over abortion funding in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In a press release, Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ -- lead sponsor of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act" --, Arina Grossu of Family Research Council, and Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute announced the launch of ObamacareAbortion.org to provide information on "their findings" about the abortion funding.

“Concern over taxpayer funding of elective abortion was the final hold up in passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010," said Donovan. “The Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services has repeatedly stonewalled members of Congress, pro-life groups, and the media when asked to address the dearth of transparency on abortion coverage. The website unveiled today is a tool for pro-life consumers but it is not the best or final answer to a bad situation.”

“By launching ObamacareAbortion.com we are attempting to do what the Obama Administration has not been willing or able to do for the 2015 new enrollment," said Grossu. "That is, to inform Americans … about abortion coverage in Obamacare plans and expose the great difficulty in obtaining this information." '
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 8:09:50 AM


My simple rule of thumb: the more a pol touts transparency the less transparent they'll be. To me, *that's* where the transparency lies.

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mweyant
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 5:09:59 AM

Abortion in Obamacare

"The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that 1,036 of Obamacare plans sold in 2014 included abortion on demand. Unfortunately, it took many months and a government watchdog report to finally identify the abortion-covering plans for 2014.

Now for 2015, the problem continues. Due to a lack of transparency in Obamacare, Americans are again finding that it is very difficult, or even impossible, to clearly discern whether the Obamacare plan they are considering includes abortion. This is critical information since individuals purchasing plans that include abortion are required to pay a hidden abortion surcharge. Through the surcharge, a portion of each individual’s insurance premium goes into a fund used to pay for abortion on demand."
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2014 5:39:39 AM

Jonathan Gruber, Transparency and Obamacare’s IPAB

11-17-14

from a Wall Street Journal blog

"IPAB faces several characteristics that could imbue it with the lack of transparency Mr. Gruber infamously discussed in his speeches:
Former Obama administration official Peter Orszag wrote a piece for the New Republic in which he cited IPAB as one way to “counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a little less democratic.” In 2012, Politico stated that, while in the White House, Mr. Orszag had “pushed” to include the board in the law.

Section 3403 of Obamacare, which creates IPAB, does not require the board to conduct any open meetings. The law merely says that “the board may hold such hearings…as the board considers advisable;” it does not require IPAB to do so.

Likewise, while the law prohibits IPAB from “ration[ing] health care,” the term “rationing” is nowhere defined in statute. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded this point, and acknowledged that HHS would likely have to define “rationing” before the board could begin its work—but it has yet to do so."
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reb4
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 9:33:24 AM

Bret Baier Reports: Transparency Issues Plagued Obamacare From The Start


This clip gives a detail not only in video but my preferred transcript form...
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 6:01:27 AM

CSPAN should get a refund.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 4:13:28 PM

More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations



"WASHINGTON — The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.

At the Supreme Court, small teams of undercover officers dress as students at large demonstrations outside the courthouse and join the protests to look for suspicious activity, according to officials familiar with the practice.

At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing as tax preparers, accountants drug dealers or yacht buyers and more, court records show.

At the Agriculture Department, more than 100 undercover agents pose as food stamp recipients at thousands of neighborhood stores to spot suspicious vendors and fraud, officials said.

Undercover work, inherently invasive and sometimes dangerous, was once largely the domain of the F.B.I. and a few other law enforcement agencies at the federal level. But outside public view, changes in policies and tactics over the last decade have resulted in undercover teams run by agencies in virtually every corner of the federal government, according to officials, former agents and documents"

"“Done right, undercover work can be a very effective law enforcement method, but it carries serious risks and should only be undertaken with proper training, supervision and oversight,” said Michael German, a former F.B.I. undercover agent who is a fellow at New York University’s law school. “Ultimately it is government deceitfulness and participation in criminal activity, which is only justifiable when it is used to resolve the most serious crimes.”"

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reb4
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 8:20:41 AM

"ROFLMAO"Laugh all you want Streetrider...Here is the letter to the letter confirming obama's lack of transparency...Letter from Less than a month ago...


Included in the signers... American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)....

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streetrider
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 8:12:54 AM

He must be pretty transparent, people here have been claiming to see right through his administration and their actions.

ROFLMAO
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 5:08:01 AM

ya know, when ya sit and watch his talks about obamacare and also when he signed it into law - and see the smirk and smile and attitude on his face, makes me think of a criminal/traitor who thinks he just got away with his crime. as ptpreggie says = smh
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 7:04:53 PM

Well, I guess we all knew this....always good to know what the Obama Adm thought of the American Voter. . Guess it always good to see that what you say does always come back to haunt you.

This should help Obamacare be repealed. Good.

Today I met with my Insurance lady and my husband and me changed insurance, due to the fact it is not insurance we can afford anymore. Remember the promise "you can keep your insurance if you like it, ".... not true, you can not afford to keep your insurance if you like it.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2014 11:45:35 AM

Federal Government Made $20 Billion in Secret Purchases in Recent Months

"The federal government has spent at least $20 billion in taxpayer money this year on items and services that it is permitted to keep secret from the public, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team.
The purchases, known among federal employees as “micropurchases,” are made by some of the thousands of agency employees who are issued taxpayer-funded purchase cards. The purchases, in most cases, remain confidential and are not publicly disclosed by the agencies. A sampling of those purchases, obtained by the I-Team via the Freedom of Information Act, reveals at least one agency used those cards to buy $30,000 in Starbucks Coffee drinks and products in one year without having to disclose or detail the purchases to the public.
A series of other recent purchases, reviewed by internal government auditors, include wasteful and inappropriate purchases by government employees -- including a gym membership and JC Penney clothing -- that were not detected or stopped until after the purchase was completed."
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2014 10:44:08 AM

Transparency Groups Seek White House Position on FOIA Reforms



"Fifty organizations ask administration to live up to its own rhetoric"



Link to letter.......

Groups that are behind this:


Access
American Civil Liberties Union – ACLU
American Library Association
American Society of News Editors
Article 19
Association of Alternative Newsmedia
Association of American Publishers
Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
Center for Effective Government
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – CREW
Coalition 4 Change, Inc.
Common Cause
Community Research
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.
Electronic Information Privacy Center – EPIC
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Essential Information
First Amendment Coalition
Food and Water Watch
Fund for Constitutional Government
Greenpeace
Government Accountability Project – GAP
In The Public Interest
Iowa Freedom of Information Council
iSolon.org
James Madison Project
Liberty Coalition
Minnesota Coalition on Government Information
Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information
National Freedom of Information Coalition
National Security Archive
National Security Counselors
OpenTheGovernment.org
PEN American Center
People For the American Way
Project On Government Oversight – POGO
Public Citizen
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Savannah River Watch Site
Society of American Archivists
Society of Professional Journalists
Student Press Law Center
Special Libraries Association
The Sunlight Foundation
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse – TRAC
Tully Center for Free Speech
U.S. Public Interest Research Group –PIRG
Washington Civil Rights Council
Washington Coalition for Open Government
Whistlewatch.org

[Edited by: reb4 at 10/30/2014 10:44:45 AM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 9:09:19 AM

USA Today’s Susan Page: Obama administration most ‘dangerous’ to media in history




"At some point, a compendium of condemnations against the Obama administration’s record of media transparency (actually, opacity) must be assembled. Notable quotations in this vein come from former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who said, “It is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering”; New York Times reporter James Risen, who said, “I think Obama hates the press”; and CBS News’s Bob Schieffer, who said, “This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that.”

USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page has added a sharper edge to this set of knives. Speaking Saturday at a White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) seminar, Page called the current White House not only “more restrictive” but also “more dangerous” to the press than any other in history, a clear reference to the Obama administration’s leak investigations and its naming of Fox News’s James Rosen as a possible “co-conspirator” in a violation of the Espionage Act."
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 9:05:56 PM

"Let me ask this. Is government more transparent now or say, in the 1960's? I think we all know the answer but I would like to here from some here about this...."



Is that what you think President Obama meant when in the video??? or was he referring to recent Presidents? when's the last time you listened to the video?

Why don't you invest 2 minutes and re-listen and let me know what you think... Obama may have not written this, but he read it.... It's only 2 minutes long... IF you are still interested in that not related question.... i'll answer your question on if I think the Kennedy or Johnson administrations were open....



LOL TD... that is what Obama was promising.....

I unfortunately had some insights since he was our junior senator and was the chosen one of the Chicago machine.... he made so many false promises and promises that were true for a very select few... but he has pushed the democratic agenda...."Overall,the press record of Obama's presidency doesn't resemble transparency as much as tyranny."Forgot to post that last line.... eeeerrie...



[Edited by: reb4 at 10/26/2014 9:13:40 PM EST]
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Troller_Diesel
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 7:32:03 PM

reb4: "WOW, if this is true.... this guy is TOAST!!!"

Not really. The Obama worshipers will defend their Messiah no matter what he does...

Just watch, there'll be one along any minute now. Just watch for the "Bush did it, too!" bleating.
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 7:23:42 PM

Let me ask this. Is government more transparent now or say, in the 1960's? I think we all know the answer but I would like to here from some here about this....
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2014 6:42:21 PM

So Much For Obama's 'Transparency'


"President Obama, who pledged to run a "transparent" White House, instead is threatening reporters with trial and imprisonment if they don't reveal the identities of officials who leak information about government wrongdoing.

"I've felt the chill first-hand," Pulitzer Prize-winner David Barstow of The New York Times says. "Trusted sources in Washington are scared to talk by telephone, or by email, or even to meet for coffee, regardless whether the subject touches on national security or not."

He told "The Nation" (Oct. 27, 2014) magazine that the "vindictive" efforts of the Bush and Obama regimes, by trying to force New York Times reporter Jim Risen into betraying his sources, "has already done substantial and lasting damage to journalism in the United States."

Not only is Obama out to punish reporters for writing up his regime's failures but he is threatening any Federal employees who talk to the press with termination or worse. Sally Buzbee, the AP's Washington Bureau Chief, said Transportation Department (DOT) employees are telling her reporters they will be fired "if they're caught talking" to AP. Recently, Obama's snoopers illegally tapped the phones of AP reporters."


WOW, if this is true.... this guy is TOAST!!!
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 10:13:28 PM

That's just a distraction MM...

Press secretary playing games with the press....




THis next item is really the "TOUCHSTONE" of this Administration.....




Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife








"Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal. Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act. The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee."







"Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton criticized President Obama and his disgraced Attorney General in a statement today:

This document provides key information about the cover-up of Fast and Furious by Attorney General Eric Holder and other high-level officials of the Obama administration. Obama’s executive privilege claims over these records are a fraud and an abuse of his office. There is no precedent for President Obama’s Nixonian assertion of executive privilege over these ordinary government agency records. Americans will be astonished that Obama asserted executive privilege over Eric Holder’s emails to his wife about Fast and Furious.

Once again, Judicial Watch has proven itself more effective than Congress and the establishment media in providing basic oversight of this out-of-control Administration. This Fast and Furious document provides dozens of leads for further congressional, media, and even criminal investigations."




(sigh).... this is from the leader of our country that made all these promises of being transparent.

[Edited by: reb4 at 10/23/2014 10:17:16 PM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 2:39:32 PM

I would say..reb, that there has been too much time spent in the sun, and radiation has burned out the synapses. I am ever amazed....still......at stupid. What the world answer is that? Dingle Fritz.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 8:32:18 AM

The White House Says This Scientific Theory Explains Why It Isn't More Open To The Press





"The reporter pressing the transparency issue, CBS' Mark Knoller, wasn't persuaded by Earnest's argument, however.

"You're offering the 'Heisenberg Principle Defense' to why we can't cover the q-and-a sessions?" he asked incredulously.

"Well it's relatively creative," Earnest replied, "wouldn't you think?""






SMH......


[Edited by: reb4 at 10/23/2014 8:34:00 AM EST]
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mweyant
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State Department slammed in investigation

10-16-14

"An official in the inspector general’s office told The Washington Times at the time that its own probe had been launched into eight “allegations of quashing” by department higher-ups, stemming from a 2012 review of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security."
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 10:46:10 AM

.....and we all knew the Pentagon had secrets
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Troller_Diesel
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 9:37:41 AM

‘Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence.' Hanlon's Razor.

And the Obama Misadministration is nothing if not incompetent...

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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 9:35:40 AM

How much do Obama's fundraising trips cost? ..... Mum's the word






"From the way the White House vehemently refuses to disclose information on the costs of presidential political travel and calculations on reimbursing the government, you might think they were state secrets.

As President Obama embarks Thursday on a three-day Democratic fundraising trip to California, the White House again refuses an umpteenth request from CBS News for the political travel information.




"As in other administrations, we follow all rules and regulations to ensure that the DNC or other relevant political committee pays what is required for the president to travel to political events," said White House spokesman Eric Schultz.

But repeated requests are turned down for a breakdown of the costs and an explanation and specific examples of how the White House calculates how much is paid by taxpayers and how much must be reimbursed to the government by the Democratic National Committee or others.



There's absolutely nothing in the information related to national security. It wouldn't do ISIS a bit of good if it got hold of the information.

Very simply, the White House doesn't want to disclose the material because it might be embarrassing and would draw lots of criticism, which Mr. Obama can do without.

The White House is right that its predecessors also refused to divulge official information on the costs of presidential political travel. CBS News has been seeking the data since the beginning of the Clinton administration."HOWEVER....... just as recently at last month the President said this....:

"Citizens rightly demand more responsiveness, more openness, more transparency, more accountability from their governments," lectured Mr. Obama last month to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly."







I guess that "touchstone" is getting a little warm right about now"....



[Edited by: reb4 at 10/13/2014 9:36:06 AM EST]
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mweyant
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Exclusive: Feds take jobs from disabled workers, send them to central Asia

10-9-14

AbilityOne program workers were laid off from their jobs due to a little-known change in federal procurement rules that encourages military forces in Afghanistan to buy from manufacturers and brokers in Central Asia. Other organizations for the blind and disabled have also been hit hard. The change was "intended to provide a lift to allies' depressed economies, but critics cite a lack of transparency."
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 11:03:14 AM

Pulling an IRS, EPA reportedly loses text messages now sought in requests.
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 5:50:36 AM

HealthCare.gov Still Suffers From Lack of Transparency

10-7-2014

"The new chief executive of HealthCare.gov, Kevin Counihan, is setting expectations really high for the website’s performance during its second year of open enrollment, set to begin in mid-November. In an interview with Alex Wayne of Bloomberg News, Mr. Counihan said his goal was to create a consumer experience so satisfying that it would result in “raving fans” for the insurance shopping site

But here’s one big hurdle: The site still won’t have any tools to allow consumers to see which doctors and hospitals are covered by individual insurance plans. Mr. Counihan told Mr. Wayne that HealthCare.gov would not change to allow consumers to comparison shop on insurance plan networks."

Given HealthCare.gov’s difficulties with basic functions last year, it’s understandable that the government is focusing on core tasks, rather than adding new tools. But the continued challenges consumers will face comparing networks could undermine a key underpinning of the marketplaces — that people should be able to shop for insurance products the way they do for airline tickets or electronics, comparing prices and features in order to select the plan that’s right for them. Who will rave about a market without transparency?"

This article is well-written--read it. It doesn't "attack" Obamacare, for those of you who support Obama, but it more or less discusses it and some of the positive things that it has going with it. I would love to see this author write about many of the important issues we have today--maybe her articles would cause readers with opposing beliefs to try to be a little more understanding of each other.
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2014 10:50:05 AM

It is just a word. People can say anything these days and not be held accountable if it is not true.
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Judicial Watch Sues DHS For Information Surrounding Release of 36,000 Criminal Aliens

10-2-14

"Government watchdog Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for information surrounding the release of 36,000 criminal aliens into American communities earlier this year. The lawsuit comes after DHS officials failed to respond to a May 15, 2014 FOIA request in the amount of time required by law.

In the lawsuit, Judicial Watch is seeking "Any and all records of communications including, but not limited to, emails and memoranda, to or from personnel in the office of the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (including its component offices, such as the Office of Public Affairs), from May 1 to May 15, 2014, concerning, regarding, or related to the report published by the Center for Immigrations Studies concerning the release of 36,000 criminal aliens."

The initial FOIA request came after a report from the Center for Immigration Studies showed tens-of-thousands of violent criminal aliens, including those with convictions of rape, murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, drunk driving, vehicle theft and more, were set free."

With this administration, truth is stranger than fiction.

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Issa: EPA still blocking watchdog investigations

10-2-14

"House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) blasted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday, claiming it had failed to take steps to allow a federal watchdog to conduct investigations.

EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins and his staff have testified three times before Congress since May that the EPA’s homeland security office blocked access to information, impeding probes into employee misconduct.

“Unfortunately, it appears that EPA has not resolved these issues, and thus the work of the OIG continues to be compromised,” Issa wrote in a Thursday letter to EPA head Gina McCarthy."
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 9:05:58 AM

Journalists Criticize White House For 'Secrecy'
By MICHAEL TARM - Sep. 17, 2014

"CHICAGO (AP) — Editors and reporters meeting in Chicago raised concerns Wednesday about what they described as a lack of access and transparency undermining journalists' work, several blaming the current White House for setting standards for secrecy that are spreading nationwide.

Criticism of President Barack Obama's administration on the issue of openness in government came on the last day of a three-day joint convention of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers.

"The White House push to limit access and reduce transparency has essentially served as the secrecy road map for all kinds of organizations — from local and state governments to universities and even sporting events," Brian Carovillano, AP managing editor for U.S. news, said during a panel discussion.

James Risen, a New York Times reporter who is facing potential jail time as he battles government efforts to force him to testify at the trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information, also spoke at the conference. Risen said intense pressure on reporters and their sources is having a chilling effect on newsgathering.

He spoke of scaring one source just by going to his home and knocking on the front door.

"He opened the door and he turned white," Risen said. "He marches me back through the kitchen (to a back exit) and said, "'Go out that way.'""


[Edited by: reb4 at 9/26/2014 9:06:39 AM EST]
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EPIC Files FOIA Lawsuit For Reports on Electronic Voting Reliability

9-11-14

"EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain test reports about an online voting program promoted by the Department of Defense. The records sought relate to the functionality and security of electronic voting systems. The California Secretary of State, Members of Congress, and voting rights advocates have tried to obtain these documents, but DOD has kept them secret even after promising public disclosure in 2012."
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 10:44:06 AM

Benghazi documents scrubbed to protect Hillary: former official

By Marisa Schultz September 15, 2014
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s minions launched a weekend operation in the basement of the State Department to scrub damning documents related to the Benghazi attacks that killed a US Ambassador, a top former official has charged.
Then-Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he walked in uninvited to the Sunday afternoon scene a month after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist strike to find several boxes of papers — and immediately asked an office director what was happening.
“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” Maxwell told The Daily Signal, the news outlet for the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The seventh floor is where Clinton — then Secretary of State — and her top advisers had offices. “I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”






Wonder who gave those Orders...



[Edited by: reb4 at 9/16/2014 10:44:39 AM EST]
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White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser Hilda Solis’ Schedule


"The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama.

New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager to give up.

As TheDC previously reported, Solis illegally fundraised for the Obama campaign and headlined a Latino-themed Obama fundraiser while on a trip in her official capacity as a Cabinet member, which is forbidden by the Hatch Act. "

They are transparent to what they want you to know...
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From reb4's post: >President Obama himself has claimed, “This is the most transparent administration in history,” and his press secretaries have echoed that boast on multiple occasions.<

And remember that WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest recently stated how the world is now in a more tranquil state because of Obozo's policies? Uh...REALLY? Rockets flying back-and-forth between Israel and Gaza, Iraq rapidly falling apart, Libya in chaos, Russian troops battling Ukranians...hey Obozo...just because you can't hear the explosions when you're out on #15 fairway doesn't mean the entire world is peaceful.
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Atkinson: Obama Admin refusing to tell Congress where Illegal children went
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 11:38:40 PM

Despite boasts, Obama team shuns transparency

From Indystar

Jeffery M. McCall 12:52 p.m. EDT August 22, 2014
"The U.S. system of government relies on citizens having full access to information that can be used in self-governance. Journalists and other First Amendment advocates were enthused when the Obama administration came into office with convincing statements about transparency and open government. President Obama himself has claimed, “This is the most transparent administration in history,” and his press secretaries have echoed that boast on multiple occasions.

Showboating about transparency and executing it are different things, as the journalistic community is now pointing out. Representatives of 38 journalism organizations sent a letter last month to President Obama, complaining about a lack of government transparency. The lead signature was by David Cuillier, president of the highly regarded Society of Professional Journalists."


[Edited by: reb4 at 8/25/2014 11:40:31 PM EST]
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White House meddling in records requests? Suit claims agencies locked down documents

8-19-14

"Last month, a coalition of free press groups wrote to the White House complaining about what they described as growing censorship throughout federal agencies, adding to the growing chorus of concerns about the administration targeting reporters and restricting access.

In March, the Associated Press published a lengthy investigative report that found: "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." The report also found the government in 2013 "cited national security to withhold information a record 8,496 times -- a 57 percent increase over a year earlier and more than double Obama's first year, when it cited that reason 3,658 times."

The White House, for its part, has vowed more transparency but notes it is processing information requests, declassifying records and releasing information on White House visitors

Cause of Action says its own investigations reveal the White House is “demanding” that agencies turn over congressional and Freedom of Information Act requests and related documents."
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Topic: Transparency

--.. is NOT the hallmark of the Obama administration. Opacity is more like it.
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2014 9:50:34 AM

Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions




"When President Obama announced in June that he planned to bypass congressional gridlock and overhaul the nation’s immigration system on his own, he did so in a most public way: a speech in the White House Rose Garden.

Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view."

By the way... .





from the Whitehouse..




"Transparency and Open Government

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies
SUBJECT: Transparency and Open Government

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.

Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. 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.

Government should be participatory. Public engagement enhances the Government's effectiveness and improves the quality of its decisions. Knowledge is widely dispersed in society, and public officials benefit from having access to that dispersed knowledge. Executive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public input on how we can increase and improve opportunities for public participation in Government.

Government should be collaborative. Collaboration actively engages Americans in the work of their Government. Executive departments and agencies should use innovative tools, methods, and systems to cooperateamong themselves, across all levels of Government, and with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector. Executive departments and agencies should solicit public feedback to assess and improve their level of collaboration and to identify new opportunities for cooperation.

I direct the Chief Technology Officer, in coordination with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administrator of General Services, to coordinate the development by appropriate executive departments and agencies, within 120 days, of recommendations for an Open Government Directive, to be issued by the Director of OMB, that instructs executive departments and agencies to take specific actions implementing the principles set forth in this memorandum. The independent agencies should comply with the Open Government Directive.

This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by a party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

This memorandum shall be published in the Federal Register.

BARACK OBAMA"

[Edited by: reb4 at 8/19/2014 9:51:33 AM EST]
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Obama maintains busy fundraising schedule, even when crises occur - excludes Press

Read this... From the president that wanted his administration to be open and transparent......





"Although Obama has a long way to go to become fundraiser in chief, it is becoming less clear what is happening at these events. According to CBS' Mark Knoller, out of the 40 fundraisers hosted by Obama in 2014 so far, 17 of them were closed to the press. Half were open to the White House pool of print reporters, albeit with no Q&As, while just three were open for TV coverage. In these closed press fundraisers, the White House pool members are briefed on the ticket prices and number of attendees.

The increasing number and secrecy of these events is a troubling proposition for those who monitor the level of fundraising presidents undertake. Brendan Doherty, an associate professor of political science at the U.S. Naval Academy, has chronicled the rise of political fundraisers in his book, "The Rise of the President's Permanent Campaign." He says that fundraising is only going to become a bigger and bigger part of the president's job — distracting him from other matters.

"The president's time is his scarcest resource," Doherty says. "By forgoing other activities to fundraise, there is a definite shift in presidential resources.""


Re listen to the video to the original posters link.

All I can say is ... not happening....

[Edited by: reb4 at 7/28/2014 8:56:29 AM EST]
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the lack of communication between the White House and Congress as "stunning." He said he first learned many details of Obama's border request from news reports. Obama is the "only person in America who can sign something into law and help bring members of his party on board for an outcome on a given piece of legislation that requires bipartisan support," McConnell said in an interview. "So it's a mystery, but that's the way they operate." Several Democratic lawmakers echoed McConnell but spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid alienating the president of their party. They said they were baffled by the White House's tactics in handling the border request. Several Democrats expressed frustration that the president and administration officials weren't more involved in legislative fights.
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Press banned from moon landing celebration

7-24-14

and this from a Washington Post blog addressing the same event:

After the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing, a case for more footprints

7-21-14

This wasn't an event to arouse national security concerns. Why couldn't the press attend?
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:45:43 AM

Sounds very secretive and evasive to me...
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Washington Post responds to blast from White House

7-21-14

blog containing many actual quotes

"At today’s White House briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest expressed some displeasure with The Washington Post. Asked about a story in The Post asserting that the White House had specific warnings about the ongoing border crisis involving unaccompanied minors, Earnest ripped, “I’d first point out that you’re asking about a story that’s based entirely on anonymous sources, so that should be reflected in the record.”

Headlined “Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis,” the story — under the bylines of David Nakamura, Jerry Markon and Manuel Roig-Franzia — pointed to a 41-page report from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) that “raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse.”

The first individual quoted in the piece isn’t a “senior administration official” or a “former administration official” or “someone with knowledge of the White House’s thinking” or even “a source who spoke on condition of anonymity out of pure cowardice.” It is a fully named man:Federal officials viewed the situation as a “local problem,” said Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol station chief who led the UTEP study. The research, conducted last year, was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and published in March. A broader crisis was “not on anyone’s radar,” Manjarrez added, even though “it was pretty clear this number of kids was going to be the new baseline.”

And sure, there’s some anonymous sourcing in there too, for example:“There were warning signs, operational folks raising red flags to high levels in terms of this being a potential issue,” said one former senior federal law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk candidly about internal operations."

Every administration, no matter which one, needs to have organizations in place, whether they be arms of Congress, or news agencies, that hold them accountable. Lots of whining here . . .


[Edited by: mweyant at 7/22/2014 5:13:25 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 10:47:34 PM

>>: easy to notice or understand<<

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I guess some will say that makes Obama head of the most transparent administration in American history.

WE certainly have noticed most of his failures to live up to his oath to uphold and defend our Constitution against ALL ENEMIES both foreign and domestic. And it is clearly understood that his goal of 'fundamentally changing America" is within reach. Unfortunate but none the less, true.

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Message Posted: Jul 17, 2014 11:32:50 AM

trans·par·ent adjective \tran(t)s-'per-?nt\
: able to be seen through

: easy to notice or understand
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Is this transparency?

Senator Dick Durbin - "What we’re talking about is reasonable content neutral regulation."

re: S.J.Res.19 - A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

Okay, define "reasonable." Whose definition of "reasonable" will stand?

Dems struggle to show anti-Koch amendment is 'reasonable'

article is from 6-26-14 and labeled "opinion"



[Edited by: mweyant at 7/15/2014 1:11:04 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jul 13, 2014 7:52:50 PM

Wow, Franken is dissing Obama? wow, hope it';s not for show or votes for himself. Persoanlly, I never cared for him on SNL or any other program. He's not much better than Michael Moore.
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