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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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jeskibuff
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 6:47:11 AM

Not quite what it claims to be!
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 5:13:47 AM

DOJ: No Special Prosecutor in IRS Controversy

3-20-14

thus ensuring this non-transparent issue will continue (and fester)
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:45:03 PM

Mrs Obama, took her daughters, and her mother, and went to China on the tax payer dime. Now I am not so upset about that, as all wives of Presidents make foreign trips as good will ambassadors... I am upset at the fact that the "TRANSPARENT" President's wife will not speak to the American Press while there.

That is a down right disrespectful to the folks paying her bills.....especially since she and the President are so transparent.



[Edited by: mexicomaria at 3/21/2014 8:46:08 PM EST]
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 3:33:46 PM

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This post has been edited and approved by the NSA and the Justice Dept.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:58:14 AM

Article from Yesterdays USA Today article

More Broken Promises...


SMH




SHHHH they are probably watching and listening...


[Edited by: reb4 at 3/21/2014 8:58:28 AM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Mar 20, 2014 10:04:40 PM

Facts...

3,658 ...the number of times the federal govt. cited national security withhold information in 2009.

8,496...The number of times the federal govt. cited national security to withhold information in 2013

704,394...The number of requests for information made by citizens , journalists, businesses, and others in 2013

678,391...Number of requests the federal govt. responded to in 2013.

244,675... Number of cases in 2013 where government censored materials it turned over or fully denied access to them. ***36% of all requests

196,034...Number of cases in 2013 where government sasid it couldn't find records, a person refused to pay for copies , or the govt. determined the request to be unreasonable or improper.

AP

"This wk is Sunshine week, a time to celebrate the importance of openness in govt and freedom of information."

You can read the whole article by Rem Rieder in the USA Today March 20.

Don't expect Sunshine from this administration.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2014 9:40:53 AM

Nancy Pelosi's brother-in-law is given $737m of taxpayers' money to build giant solar power plant

Isn't that just transparent?
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2014 6:18:52 AM

I have CSPAN ready.
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 12:49:12 PM

Colorado firestorm: Administration bars scribes from public meeting

1-24-14

"The Obama administration’s testy relationship with the press is nothing new for Washington, but it’s now extended to Colorado and has touched off a firestorm after Interior Department officials booted local reporters from a public meeting earlier this week.

Journalists with Colorado's Craig Daily Press and at least two other media outlets were barred from a Tuesday question-and-answer session with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, despite the fact that members of the public were allowed to attend.

“What happened would be in complete alignment with the administration’s policies. We were promised the most transparent administration ever and instead we’ve gotten the opposite,” said Moffat County, Colo., Commissioner John Kinkaid, who attended the meeting along with his two fellow commissioners, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and other officials."

and

Why so secret, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell?

1-23-14

editorial from the Denver Post

"Such actions are indefensible and have the side effect of raising suspicions about the feds' intent. Colorado law was simply ignored."
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greentre
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 8:55:18 PM

Here's a window (some transparency) on the 0bama/Democratic Plan:

Democrats could win a permanent majority in Congress “by passing a national health care bill, turning more people into wards of government that works to grow government; and by giving amnesty to all illegal’s, thereby creating, virtually overnight, a large new constituency of Democratic voters”.

From: “Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win.” by Robert Creamer

Robert Creamer is the husband of Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky. He formerly served as executive director of the Illinois Public Action Fund (where his wife was the program director), and subsequently as a leader of Citizen Action/Illinois. He was also a lobbyist for George Soros’s Open Society Institute. Today Creamer heads the Strategic Consulting Group, a political consultancy whose list of clients includes ACORN, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the AFL-CIO, the United Steelworkers Union of America, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and dozens of other leftist or Democratic Party state organizations.

Who is Creamer?
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 8:53:20 PM

Well, so much for HIPPA....HIPPA must only be important until Obamacare came into existence. Scary that the govt is maintaining a watch on your record...when they can even make the Obamacare web site secure.

HIPAA requires that all patients be able access their own medical records, correct errors or omissions, and be informed how personal information is shared used. Other provisions involve notification of privacy procedures to the patient. HIPAA provisions that have led in many cases to extensive overhauling with regard to medical records and billing systems.

HIPAA Laws and Regulations are divided into five Rules:

Privacy Rule
Security Rule
Transactions Rule
Identifiers Rule
Enforcement Rule
HITECH Act

HIPAA Security Rule and Compliance
The HIPAA Security Rule addresses the privacy protection of electronic protected health information (PHI). Similar to the Privacy Rule, the Security Rule also deals with identifiable health information as defined by 18 HIPAA identifiers. The Security Rule defines standards, procedures and methods for protecting electronic PHI with attention to how PHI is stored, accessed, transmitted, and audited.

The HIPPA Security Rule addresses three aspects of security:

Administrative Safeguards - Assignment of a HIPPA security compliance team.

Physical Safeguards - Protection of electronic systems, equipment and data.

Technical Safeguards - Authentication & encryption used to control data access.

Covered entities need to perform a Risk Analysis and utilize Risk Management methodologies so vulnerabilities and possible risks can be reduced. Organizations should assign a security analyst or officer who is responsible or maintaining and enforcing the HIPAA standards within the organization.

Hardware, Software and Transmission Security
Organizations should have a hardware firewall in place. Transmission of personal information should be encrypted and comply with HIPAA rulings. Operating Systems should be hardened and up to date. Policies should cover the updating of hardware, firmware, operating systems and applications.
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johnnyg1200
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 6:56:17 PM

One thing that will be transparent under Obama is you healthcare information.
Part of the source code in Obamacare is a statement that by signing up you have no reasonable expectation to privacy.

I think what he meant when he was talking about open and transparent was the public’s information not the governments.

Barton: OCare Website Hidden Source Code Says Users "Have No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy"
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Grizdad
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2013 5:38:08 PM

His followers will never admit he is wrong. They will go down in history like those in Waco and Jonestown.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2013 10:12:06 PM

A Few Honest Words

If you're going to lead my country,
If you're gonna say it's free
I'm gonna need
a little honesty

Just a few honest words
It shouldn't be that hard
Just a few honest words
Is all I need

I don't need no handshake
No firm look in the eye
Don't tell me what you think I,
I ought to hear

I don't need no high life
No fancy premiers
Just tell me what you really think
Without fear

Just a few honest words
It shouldn't be that hard
Just a few honest words
Is all I need

Love is a bitter food
You've learned to eat
You still don't know, oh,
Where it grows

And our love of freedom
Holds a veil over our eyes
Rights that are given
Can be taken away

Just a few honest words
It shouldn't be that hard
Just a few honest words
Is all I need

We don't choose our leaders
The choose themselves
Tell me again
About democracy
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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2013 1:15:18 PM

It's more like the emperor has no clothes and it isn't a pretty sight.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2013 4:50:12 PM

Photographers protest White House restrictions.

Interesting article.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2013 10:09:49 AM

trans·par·en·cy/træns'p??r?nsi, -'pær-/ Show Spelled [trans-pair-uhn-see, -par-]

noun, plural trans·par·en·cies.

1. Also, trans·par·ence. the quality or state of being transparent.
a. not the current POTUS administration.
2. something transparent, especially a picture, design, or the like on glass or some translucent substance, made visible by light shining through from behind.
3. Photography .
a. the proportion of the light that is passed through the emulsion on an area of a photographic image.
b. a photographic print on a clear base for viewing by transmitted light.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2013 6:00:40 AM

Healthcare on CSPAN?

Bills online 5 days prior to voting on them?

Joe Sestak?

Last press conference was July 2009

Elena Kagan being interviewed ONLY by White House employee

3-16-11: The White House announced Wednesday it has postponed a ceremony for President Obama to accept transparency award from a government watchdog group.

As soon as Obama stepped foot into the Oval Office, he issued an executive order to seal his records. Even the Huffington Post, Obama’s recommended blog, pointed out this violation of transparency. Then we have to remember Obama’s promise to hold his health care debate on C-SPAN that never happened. Recently, the Obama regime refused to release information about their meetings with special interest groups during the health care debate. Transparency?

Recently, Obama’s HUD Dept. asked rental policy groups to sign confidentiality agreements so they couldn’t speak about these meetings. This transparency has exposed Obama’s lie about not working with lobbyist and how lobbyist wouldn’t have any influence inside his administration…which is full of ex-lobbyists. Transparency?

Even the White House Press Corp complained about being shut out from covering meetings. Then there is the issue of Obama blocking the investigation of Gerald Walpin, the Inspector General who was fired for investigating Obama’s buddy, Kevin Johnson. Transparency?

How about the Supreme Court cracking down on Obama’s Freedom of Information Act exemptions? Many don’t know this fact, but Obama has used more FOIA exemptions in 2 years than Bush did in 8. Transparency?

How about the stealth stealth Saudi arms deal that the Obama regime orchestrated? Even Democrats Anthony Weiner (D-NY) pointed out this sneaky deal. Transparency?

How about the Congressional Oversight Panel stating that Obama’s Treasury Department escaped transparency by using outside contractors to execute the Wall Street bailouts? Transparency?

Jun. 26, 2012
In April 2010, when President Barack Obama's then-White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that "this is the most transparent administration in the history of our country," Politico reported that "laughter broke out in the briefing room." For those with a mordant sense of humor, writes Gene Healy the Obama administration's record on transparency is comedy gold. The latest joke? Obama's use of executive privilege to block the investigation of Fast and Furious.

The host committee for the convention, known as Charlotte in 2012, had published on its Web site its policy that donors would be disclosed online “on an ongoing basis.” And the contract that city officials signed with Democratic Party officials specified that “all contributions, monetary or in-kind, shall be disclosed publicly .?.?. within an agreed upon regular timeframe on the host committee’s website.”The committee removed that language from its Web site last week after an inquiry from The Washington Post.

In a move that goes against the laughable DNC Transparency claim, Obama and the Democrat Culture of Corruption will be keeping the list of convention donors secret and hidden from the public.

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.

In its marketing materials, the party promises that the “people’s convention,” set to begin Sept. 3 in Charlotte, will be the “most open and accessible ever.” But the names of donors, some of whom are giving up to $100,000, will remain secret until federal disclosure documents are filed Oct. 15, six weeks after the festivities have ended, when public attention will have shifted to Election Day.

Democrats have made transparency a central theme of the campaign, pushing for legislation requiring groups to disclose donors. In a recent e-mail to supporters, President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, asked for signatures on a petition calling for conservative interest groups to reveal the names of contributors.

“They have a vested interest in being able to spend millions anonymously to influence our elections,” Messina wrote.

The Obama campaign and its supporters also have called on Republican challenger Mitt Romney to release more tax returns, suggesting that he may be hiding information about his personal finances.

Four years ago, both parties voluntarily listed convention donors online and made regular updates to the information.

Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsible Politics, said the decision not to disclose donors until October “just seems to run counter to the message that this is the people’s convention. You’d think transparency would be something celebrated, not reduced.”

Democrats have had trouble raising money for the gathering largely because of a decision to ban corporate money. Corporations traditionally have provided much of the financing for both party conventions. But in a sign of their tight budget, Democratic organizers shortened the official convention schedule from four days to three.

The host committee for the convention, known as Charlotte in 2012, had published on its Web site its policy that donors would be disclosed online “on an ongoing basis.” And the contract that city officials signed with Democratic Party officials specified that “all contributions, monetary or in-kind, shall be disclosed publicly .?.?. within an agreed upon regular timeframe on the host committee’s website.”just in case you don't believe these words, here is bho's atty gen giving an example of "transparency". WARNING - don't have liquids in your mouth when viewing.
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Tru2psu2
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2013 5:27:48 AM

What is that????
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teacher_tim
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2013 4:18:06 PM

Obama Administration's definition of transparency is pretty much stated by Hillary Clinton.

Wait and deny then say, "What difference does it make now?"

I suspect they will finally find out what difference it makes with ObamaCare...
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airfresh
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 8:40:18 AM

<<< "that's the definition of a stool sample". >>>

Sadly that's what we ended up with.
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I75at7AM
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2013 8:20:00 AM

As the most transparent Administration in history continues its torrid pace of uncovering things, we all need to be aware of what has been going on since June:

Obama’s Secret Iran Détente
"The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September."

Isn't that sweet? I guess 0bama can read people and just knew that Iran would "elect" a "moderate" leader and that we should ease up on the economic sanctions against them, as a gesture of good will.

As the story develops:
Kerry meets Iran foreign minister to close gaps in nuclear talks

And how does our ally Israel take this development?
Israeil PM Netanyahu explains.
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jdhelm
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 3:38:08 PM

Remember when Nancy Pelosi said: “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it”.

A physician called into a radio show and said: "that's the definition of a stool sample".
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 2:59:21 PM

They have lied so often that they are forgetting what lies they are telling. The problem is that liberals are swallowing those lies...and accepting their excuses for the lies.
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2013 2:17:59 PM

“That means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health-care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health-care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.”

– President Obama, speech to the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009 (as the health-care law was being written.)

“And if you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you. It hasn’t happened yet. It won’t happen in the future.”

– Obama, remarks in Portland, April 1, 2010, after the health-care law was signed into law.

“FACT: Nothing in #Obamacare forces people out of their health plans. No change is required unless insurance companies change existing plans.”

– tweet by Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, Oct. 28, 2013, after NBC News airs a report that the Obama administration knew “millions” could not keep their health insurance.

Many readers have asked us to step back into time and review these statements by the president now that it appears that as many as 2 million people may need to get a new insurance plan as the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, goes into effect in 2014. As we were considering those requests, one of the president’s most senior advisers then tweeted a statement on the same issue that cried out for fact checking.
The Facts

The president’s pledge that “if you like your insurance, you will keep it” is one of the most memorable of his presidency. It was also an extraordinarily bold — and possibly foolish — pledge, unless he thought he simply could dictate exactly how the insurance industry must work.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This is more of the completely transparent Obamacare promises. You can keep your former plan unless you can't keep it.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2013 2:05:57 PM

The Hill Democrats calling for transparency...

"House Democrats voiced growing frustration and anger with the broken Obamacare enrollment site on Wednesday as administration officials tried to reassure them that HealthCare.gov will be repaired.

Democrats, who labored to get the Affordable Care Act through Congress in the first year of the Obama presidency, said they wanted the administration to share details of what’s wrong and when it will be fixed."
Pelosi: Glitches 'unacceptable'


Gibbs: 'Excruciatingly embarrassing'

“It’s screwed up,” Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said, summing up the whole situation.

Hmm, and those are from supporters...
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2013 9:56:32 AM

White House’s Friends And Foes Call For Obamacare ‘Transparency’



What a scarey thought for the Whitehouse, this Haloween season...


[Edited by: reb4 at 10/23/2013 9:56:54 AM EST]
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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 11:09:50 AM

This is interesting....Sebelius Fails in Her Own State, No One From Kansas Signs Up for Obamacare. Ooooppppss!

Congressman Huelskamp released this statement regarding the findings:

“These results are stunning. You would think with three years to prepare, President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius could deliver an operational website – at least in the home state of the former Kansas Governor. ObamaCare was and is not ready for prime time. 356,000 uninsured Kansans – and not one single report to my office of a Kansan successfully signing up for ObamaCare."


[Edited by: mexicomaria at 10/20/2013 11:11:19 AM EST]
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2013 10:25:19 AM

"rockier than he had hoped"?

It's a complete and utter failure... Most people that are signing up are doing so to replace more expensive plans...

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mexicomaria
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2013 7:28:17 PM

One more case of "transparency" touted by the current president

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be a no show at the hearing on Obamacare.
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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2013 10:03:49 AM

May be a link to the same study but wow...simply amazing the way this administration has castrated the press.

No wonder everyone in the press "seems" to support Obama.
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theTower
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2013 11:19:59 AM

Obama Administration Has Gone To Unprecedented Lengths To Thwart Journalists, Report Finds

"What I see here is that Obama campaigned against excessive secrecy, promised to have the most transparent government in American history, signed presidential directives in his first day of office with a lot of fanfare, continues to say in speeches and interviews and press conferences that transparency is a high priority for him, and it hasn’t happened,” Downie said. “It doesn’t matter if he’s a Republican or Democrat. It matters what he has promised and has not delivered.”

Nothing to hide then why tint the windows?
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2013 9:32:59 AM

The Government Shutdown Is Terrible for Transparency



Of course, we are now seeing what little these babies can do... they are nothing but sound bites...


[Edited by: reb4 at 10/10/2013 9:33:28 AM EST]
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worryfree
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 2:58:38 PM

Cons have been stonewalling questions on FOX for years. Besides it sounds like Lew does not know how many-why should he?
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MahopacJack
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 2:10:19 PM

~
Secretary Lew Stonewalls Wallace

"I'm going to ask you one last time," said Wallace, "because, forgive me sir, you haven't answered it: do you not know how many people signed up [for Obamacare], which would seem to indicate another major software glitch, or is it that the numbers are embarrassingly small?"

~
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2013 12:54:01 AM

Obama’s NSA review panel lacks transparency, independence

9-24-13

"The supposedly “independent” panel tasked with reviewing the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs is, unsurprisingly, less than transparent and filled with insiders, according to the Associated Press (AP).

The AP reports that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who wittingly lied to Congress about the existence of the programs, has waived rules transparency rules. The final report produced by the panel will also have go through the White House before it is released to the public.

“The panel’s advisers work in offices on loan from the DNI. Interview requests and press statements from the review panel are carefully coordinated through the DNI’s press office,” noted the AP over the weekend. “James Clapper, the intelligence director, exempted the panel from U.S. rules that require federal committees to conduct their business and their meetings in ways the public can observe.”

“Its final report, when it’s issued, will be submitted for White House approval before the public can read it,” the AP added. “Its meetings in recent weeks with technology industry and privacy groups have been closed to the public even though no classified information was discussed, according to participants.” '
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 10:43:40 PM

NYT reporter: Obama admin “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”

“Whenever I’m asked what is the most manipulative and secretive administration I’ve covered, I always say it’s the one in office now,” Bob Schieffer, CBS News anchor and chief Washington correspondent, told me. “Every administration learns from the previous administration. They become more secretive and put tighter clamps on information. This administration exercises more control than George W. Bush’s did, and his before that.”
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 8:24:22 AM

Actually PatZ, it was just one of them, but most people I suspect voted for him were aware that he wasn't going to keep his moderate views, but was going to present a much more liberal stance.. The trasparency ploy was for some of the people that really wanted to believe their was "Hope" and Change coming...

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PatAZ
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 3:17:09 PM

One of the emptiest lies from a pathetic administration.
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reb4
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 1:01:48 PM

lets have cameras and transcripts from the meetings... They all like talking anyway, so just make it all public.. lets have true transparency...
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reb4
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:28:01 PM

EPA urged to update rules on secret email accounts

Something about "secret email accounts" and transparency just does not seem to go together...

""If these critical issues are not corrected, the agency faces the risk that records needed to document the EPA's decisions would not be available," the report said. "This could potentially undermine the public's confidence in the transparency of the EPA's operations and ultimately erode the public's trust in the agency's stewardship of the nation's environmental programs."

Lets not have "secret" email accounts...

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AFSNCO
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2013 9:54:01 AM

One way to keep from telling the truth? Get the people involved in a controversy to resign!
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mweyant
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2013 4:36:44 AM

How the Obama Administration Helped Kill a Transparency Push on Military Aid

9-19-13

"Last year, legislators in the House drafted a bill that would require more transparency and evaluation of security and all foreign aid programs. The bill was championed by an unlikely coalition of Tea Party budget hawks and giant aid groups such as Oxfam America.

But the Obama administration successfully pushed to have security assistance exempted from the bill’s requirements, according to a letter obtained by ProPublica and interviews with Congressional staffers.

The Pentagon wrote that it “strongly” opposed last year’s bill in a statement to Congressional staff laying out its “informal view” last December. “The extensive public reporting requirements raise concerns,” the letter said. “Country A could … potentially learn what Country B has received in military assistance.” Foreign governments would also “likely be resistant” to monitoring and evaluation from the U.S. Staffers say the State Department had also resisted the bill’s increased oversight of security assistance. (The State Department declined our requests to discuss that.)"

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mweyant
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2013 4:32:03 AM

‘Independent’ Benghazi investigators gave Clinton heads-up on findings

9-19-13

"The leaders of the State Department’s Benghazi probe defended their inquiry into the 2012 attack, but they acknowledged to Congress on Thursday that their mission was limited in scope and faced questions over why they gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an advance look at their findings.

Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, vice chairman of the accountability review board, also acknowledged that he had warned Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff not to send a particular official to Congress because he thought “she would be a weak witness” who might have hurt the State Department’s stance.

Republicans said those moves called into question the motives of the review, which was supposed to be an independent look at what went wrong in the attack and how to prevent others."

Why was their mission limited in scope? no transparency
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2013 11:02:51 AM

No such thing in obama administration
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2013 10:25:00 AM

Obama Details Promises for Transparency

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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2013 2:10:49 PM

"The lack of transparency is sadly typical of -all- recent administrations."

Didn't this president run on a platform of transparency? Didn't he make a promise to us that nothing was going to be signed by him until it was on the internet for us to see what was in it?

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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2013 6:32:42 AM

This administration has painted itself opaque.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 8:38:38 PM

SemiSteve said: "The lack of transparency is sadly typical of -all- recent administrations."

Read through this thread again. NOTHING COMES CLOSE to the violations the Obozo administration is guilty of! NOT EVEN CLOSE!
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2013 12:29:34 PM

The lack of transparency is sadly typical of -all- recent administrations.

I think this instant-media age has them afraid to divulge anything!
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