AP: Homeland Security probed FOIA requesters, delayed data based on politics

posted at 11:36 am on July 22, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Most Transparent Administration Evah has yet another example of doublespeak and opacity uncovered by the Associated Press.  A lengthy investigation shows that the Department of Homeland Security investigated people making Freedom of Information Act requests for their politics, and delaying legally mandated disclosures based on political considerations.  The demands for information included the party affiliation of those making the requests, a policy that came from the top:

For at least a year, the Homeland Security Department detoured requests for federal records to senior political advisers for highly unusual scrutiny, probing for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive, according to nearly 1,000 pages of internal e-mails obtained by The Associated Press. …

Career employees were ordered to provide Secretary Janet Napolitano’s political staff with information about the people who asked for records — such as where they lived, whether they were private citizens or reporters — and about the organizations where they worked.

If a member of Congress sought such documents, employees were told to specify Democrat or Republican.

I’ll take a wild guess that the process was not expedited for requests coming from Republicans.

This policy stopped after DHS became aware that the AP was pursuing the story, but it’s appalling nonetheless.  One career employee got reprimanded simply for referring a reporter to a public Coast Guard website for open-source information without first checking with the political politburo working for Napolitano.  The policy demanded approval before release from the political appointees, who apparently often exercised a “pocket veto” on the requests by simply never responding.  The materials that required such approval included anything relating to a White House policy priority, “controversial or sensitive” topics — and anything requested by lawmakers, journalists, activists, and watchdog groups.

Who and what did that leave?  I’d say the DHS website for people completely disinterested in it.  It looks like anything of interest requested by people who had an interest generated a lot of political interest from Napolitano’s inner circle.

The FOIA law is not an excuse to conduct investigations into active citizens expecting and deserving transparency in government.  It is certainly not a dodge for political appointees to keep embarrassing data to themselves so as not to hurt their bosses.  Even worse, Napolitano apparently kept Congress from getting information it needs to conduct oversight and provide a check and balance to DHS power based on the political affiliation of those asking for the data.  That should be a firing offense, and it should include everyone in Napolitano’s star chamber as well as Napolitano herself.

And if this Congress won’t defend its prerogatives, then we had better elect a Congress in the midterms who will.


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She can’t be trusted. Didn’t they fire people for looking at Obama’s file?
Now they can check Body mass before granting FOIA requests.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 11:39 AM

But we must protect Illegals when they have a car wreck on the way to buy ice cream for thier kids.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Somewhere Glenn Reynolds is firing up the ol’ “They told me if I voted for McCain…” line.

LastRick on July 22, 2010 at 11:42 AM

As long as my party is control of the Federal government, I am ok with this. /

WashJeff on July 22, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Ed, I suspect Hot Air traffic alone is helping sustain the MSNBC website. Or at least doubling it.

rihar on July 22, 2010 at 11:42 AM

This policy stopped after DHS became aware that the AP was pursuing the story, but it’s appalling nonetheless.

Funny how a just little bit of actual investigative journalism can cause the closet fascists in this to retreat back into the dark recesses from whence they came.

I wonder how things might be different if we had a press which actually did its job.

VelvetElvis on July 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Even worse, Napolitano apparently kept Congress from getting information it needs to conduct oversight and provide a check and balance to DHS power based on the political affiliation of those asking for the data. That should be a firing offense, and it should include everyone in Napolitano’s star chamber as well as Napolitano herself.

Not merely firing, but criminal charges.

This is fascism, plain and simple. Early days of Mussolini fascism.

rbj on July 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Uhm … isn’t this a bit worse than ANYTHING Nixon ever did?

HondaV65 on July 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

These people are adrift morally. They have no moral compass to guide them besides what’s right for their ideology. In the right circumstances, they could be capable of extreme atrocities.

ClanDerson on July 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

When your main focus is domestic party politics like it is for this White House, your political opponents who happen to be fellow Americans are “enemies” that need to be investigated….and discredited. Gee, what have we been talking about the last week?

RobCon on July 22, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Amazing, every last one of PBHO’s appointees is a stone-cold criminal; this has to be some sort of record.

Curious how the lib trolls never seem to make it to these threads.

Bishop on July 22, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Not surprising. Last year I was interviewing with one of the intelligence agencies and I was actually asked by the interviewer where I got my news. When I said Drudge, he bristled and suggested I turn to various MSM sources. Needless to say I didn’t get a callback despite being proficient in Mandarin.

Kataklysmic on July 22, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Let’s see; Eric Holder dispenses justice based on the race of the victim, and Janet Napolitano provides public information based on political party. Anyone seeing a disturbing trend here, or am I just imagining things?

jdawg on July 22, 2010 at 11:47 AM

These people are adrift morally. They have no moral compass to guide them besides what’s right for their ideology. In the right circumstances, they could be capable of extreme atrocities.

ClanDerson on July 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

It’s worse than that – these people are die-hard communists who are out to destroy the country. Elections have consequences.

jdawg on July 22, 2010 at 11:48 AM

A bunch of people need to be frogmarched to jail for this!*

* My continuing effort to raise awareness and initiate dialogue.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Gee, isn’t this like the Stasi of East Germany or the Gestapo of Nazi Germany or the KGB in the USSR checking up on citizens who inquire too deeply into the working of the government?

albill on July 22, 2010 at 11:49 AM

This is outrageous. I am wondering if people’s Civil Rights have been violated. We should contact the DOJ … Oh, never mind.

tommylotto on July 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Obama is a corporatist, isn’t this something that would be expected?

The AP is just NOW catching up?

Dr Evil on July 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM

[jdawg on July 22, 2010 at 11:47 AM]

No, I see SOP of the Progressive Democrat Party.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Well, someone – Napolitano – needs to be fired if this is true.

The FOIA was passed specifically to provide necessary transparency to American citizens – who, uhm – FUND these lunatics in government by the way! The FOIA has always been seen as another “check” on abuse of power. It’s very existence is supposed to deter bad, or criminal behavior in government.

This is lawbreaking – and someone needs to be fired.

Now – let me tell you what libbies are out there doing right now – before responding to their own misconduct here – they’re out there NOW going through the BUSH years to see if similar approaches to politicizing FOIA requests were followed under his administration. That’s how they roll. And … I wouldn’t be surprised if they find that Bush’s guys did (though I hope not).

In any case – fire and prosecute.

Like I said above in another post – this kind of stuff is WORSE than what Nixon did.

HondaV65 on July 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I’m sure the DOJ will get to the bottom of this…
/s

Jeff2161 on July 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM

[tommylotto on July 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM]

Contact fishy@whitehouse.gov, or something.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 11:53 AM

It has gotten to the point that you could easily refer to the Obama Adminstration as a graveyard, as it is populated by complete boneheads!

Napolitano…..bonehead!

Holder……………….bonehead!

Geitner………………bonehead!

Salazar………………bonehead!

And the list just goes on and on and on!

This IS NOT the Best and the Brightest!

It IS the DENSE and the DIMWITTED!

pilamaye on July 22, 2010 at 11:54 AM

If Nixon was a Dem, would there ever have been a Watergate?

John Deaux on July 22, 2010 at 11:55 AM

This policy stopped after DHS became aware that the AP was pursuing the story

I doubt it has completely stopped. More likely they are learning how to better hide their malfeasance. Such as googling a name prior to taking action on any one request.

PrettyD_Vicious on July 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I am truly surprised the AP reported the results of this investigation…. I guess they think no one can actually DO anything about it

CC

CapedConservative on July 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Good GOD, daily there is stuff about this admin that is horrifying and chilling.. WAKE UP AMERICA

reshas1 on July 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Do you drive a Ford or are you considering a new Ford in the next 6 months?
Toyota, same question.
Didn’t this Janet say vets were potential terrorists?

seven on July 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

This souonds familiar:

For at least a year, the Homeland Security Department detoured requests for federal records to senior political advisers for highly unusual scrutiny, probing for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive, …
.
Career employees were ordered to provide Secretary Janet Napolitano’s political staff with information about the people who asked for records — such as where they lived, whether they were private citizens or reporters — and about the organizations where they worked.

.
Is this anything like providing the minimum, but not doing all that could be done?

If a member of Congress sought such documents, employees were told to specify Democrat or Republican.

.
So, in this administration, one should go to one’s own kind party for help?

Arbalest on July 22, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Yes, and we can let those people (DHS)Decide who has the right to defend themselves by whether they end up on a watch list.

What could go wrong?

Colbyjack on July 22, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Criminals are loose inside the halls of power.

faraway on July 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Is there any form of corruption and criminality this administration won’t engage in?

I swear sometimes I’m tempted to slap a bunch of Obama stickers on my car, get some fake diplomas, cram a bunch of lefty talking points into my head for the interviews, and then go get a federal bureaucrat job just for the purpose of becoming a mole and a whistleblower. Then after TSHTF Maybe I can get a wrongful termination suit going too. There. My golden parachute is set.

Fishoutofwater on July 22, 2010 at 12:00 PM

The pinning of this on Bush should be, er, entertaining.

CDeb on July 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM

This should be a major scandal. It won’t be, of course. But it should be.

JohnInCA on July 22, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Just another day in Obama’s paradise of corruption.

GrannyDee on July 22, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Ladies and Gentlemen, your Democratic Party in action! I think they got so much power in the last election cycle, and so much protection in the MSM, that they are not even pretending to operate cleanly anymore. I don’t know which is worse — the appalling invasions of privacy, turning filing a FOIA request into a veritable crime; or the incredible brazenness with which they operate.

jwolf on July 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I wonder how things might be different if we had a press which actually did its job.
VelvetElvis on July 22, 2010 at 11:44 AM

For starters, we wouldn’t have a NeoProgressive-Socialist in the WH.

Colbyjack on July 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Every single day the stink gets stronger and stronger.

GnuBreed on July 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Shouldn’t someone be fired over this?

WisCon on July 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

According to Bing, there have been only 17 new orgs that have picked up the AP story so far, including this HA item (there were two dups, MSNBC and Columbus Dispatch). No NYT or WaPo yet.

It would be interesting, later, to cross check this type of list and the lateness in reporting or non-reporting, with known Journolist members.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 12:05 PM

This calls for a great GOP ad that can be run nationally by every GOP congressional candidate and every GOP senatorial candidate.

Where all FOIA requests from Muslims expedited?

BuckeyeSam on July 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM

The pinning of this on Bush should be, er, entertaining.

CDeb on July 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Needn’t go further than a few of the comments over there. disgusting displays of mental gymnastics: “if Boosh had done it i’d be hyperventilating about !!!abuse of power!!!, but since its Obama, its ok.”

Firefly_76 on July 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Every single day the stink gets stronger and stronger.

GnuBreed on July 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

It’s time to flush and disinfect.

Electrongod on July 22, 2010 at 12:09 PM

I’m getting tired of saying this, but this would’ve got Bush impeached.

Jim-Rose on July 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM

I doubt it has completely stopped. More likely they are learning how to better hide their malfeasance. Such as googling a name prior to taking action on any one request.

[PrettyD_Vicious on July 22, 2010 at 11:56 AM]

Yeah, the approach has been internalized now, so Nappy doesn’t need any specific written or oral directive and Nappy can always monitor who violates it by checking the outgoing FIOA’s and take corrective action shortly afterward.

Dusty on July 22, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Yea, heads should roll over this, but they won’t. Look back at just how many ways Napolitano has shown incompetence and yet, here she still sits. If Bush had done it…

scalleywag on July 22, 2010 at 12:12 PM

We could all start a betting pool as to which excuse the left will use for this one – Booosh or Racism.

My bet would be on it being blamed on Boosh.

Chip on July 22, 2010 at 12:13 PM


And if this Congress won’t defend its prerogatives, then we had better elect a Congress in the midterms who will.

This is the thought I have every day now… because none of this is shocking to me.

barnone on July 22, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I don’t see her as capable of thinking up this policy on her own unless it was to score some brownie points with Mr. President. I think he directed her to do this. Why? Because he’s the most divisive president in history.

scalleywag on July 22, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Even worse, Napolitano apparently kept Congress from getting information it needs to conduct oversight and provide a check and balance to DHS power based on the political affiliation of those asking for the data. That should be a firing offense, and it should include everyone in Napolitano’s star chamber as well as Napolitano herself.

This is another in a series of situations where when I try to explain to someone who does not follow the news or the other shady actions of this crowd, I sound like a conspiratorial lunatic who is not to be believed.

It seems that is happening more and more – and friends/family look at me like I have gone around the bend because it is so egregious, it cannot possibly be happening.

tru2tx on July 22, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Of course, Media Matters, Think Progress, Olbermann and Maddow are going to be all over this story. /sarc

I am AMAZED that the AP actually committed journalism against Obama. I wonder if the press shutout here in the Gulf is wising them up?

Laura Curtis on July 22, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Yet another reason to fire Napolitano.

Can you imagine the screaming if this happened under Bush?

WannabeAnglican on July 22, 2010 at 12:17 PM

obama is no longer the leader of the country, just a guy that is keeping the oval office desk warm for someone else. The American people are no longer fawning over him. Let’s get ready for new leadership in 2012

ConservativePartyNow on July 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM

The biggest shock of this report is…what in the hell was the AP doing its job? Somebody will have to speak to the Ass Press…this has to be stopped.

d1carter on July 22, 2010 at 12:20 PM

What rational American can not understand that Obama and his followers are on a scorched-earth march to destroy all opposition to their radical agenda? How long before we see FCC regulatory action to shut down the supposed abuses of Fox News and Rush?

GaltBlvnAtty on July 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

All Hail the Messiah!

dmann on July 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Colbyjack on July 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I believe the term you are searching for is “Neo-Fascist”. Barack Obama is the modern equivalent of Mussolini. Complete with Grecco-Roman imagery.

wearyman on July 22, 2010 at 12:24 PM

if bush admin did this part 4,523

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Well the only upside I see to this , is that the administration has a D after its name and the main stream press can ignore it.
However if this had been done by a president that had an R
after their name, this would be TOP LINE COVERAGE!
Nothing to see here. Move along.

ColdWarrior57 on July 22, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Nothing to see here. Move along.

ColdWarrior57 on July 22, 2010 at 12:27 PM

this will never make chrissy’s show, that’s for sure…

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

The biggest shock of this report is…what in the hell was the AP doing its job? Somebody will have to speak to the Ass Press…this has to be stopped.

d1carter on July 22, 2010 at 12:20 PM

JournoList is down for a few days, and look what happens.

faraway on July 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Let’s see…so the AP actually figured this out?

My Goodness, they’re actually trying to justify their existence? They’ve decided they won’t go gently into that good night? Cool!

Now, time to check a few major press websites to see if this story shows up…my guess is that, eg. SFGate will lose it somewhere.

JEM on July 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM

First, WIBDI? Second, just imagine how effective DHS and DoJ would be if they treated illegal immigrants and Islamic terrorists with the same level of suspicion and diligence?

rcpjr on July 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Second, just imagine how effective DHS and DoJ would be if they treated illegal immigrants and Islamic terrorists with the same level of suspicion and diligence?

rcpjr on July 22, 2010 at 12:32 PM

you’re not kidding

if this was under bush, it would be 24/7 outrage by the msm

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

ClanDerson on July 22, 2010 at 11:45 AM

T. S. Eliot:
Half the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important
They don’t mean to do harm
But the harm does not interest them.
Or they do not see it, or they justify it
Because they are absorbed in the endless struggle

To think well of themselves.”

LASue on July 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Ladies, and gentlemen….welcome to the dictatorship of America!!!

capejasmine on July 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

This policy stopped after DHS became aware that the AP was pursuing the story, but it’s appalling nonetheless.

Makes no difference if was stopped or not. The Secretary of the DHS knowingly committed a crime by ordering her staff to do this. She needs to be charged.

Johnnyreb on July 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM

I can’t wait till we have Congress and can start investigating all this crap.

Tim Burton on July 22, 2010 at 12:40 PM

It’s really unfathomable. I guess we now know how to get a free pass to the watch list.

Vera on July 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

It’s obvious why flies land on the Bamster’s face; they smell the rot within.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM

From now on, persons making FOIA requests will have to drink castor oil.

Dhuka on July 22, 2010 at 12:47 PM

The pinning of this on Bush should be, er, entertaining.

CDeb on July 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Needn’t go further than a few of the comments over there. disgusting displays of mental gymnastics: “if Boosh had done it i’d be hyperventilating about !!!abuse of power!!!, but since its Obama, its ok.”

Firefly_76 on July 22, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Some of them are hilarious:

This whole self-pity routine by you right-wing morons is really getting tiresome. It’s clear from the article that Obama was not involved with (or probably even aware of) this policy.

Besides, you’re assuming that everyone on the left will automatically give the administration a pass on this one just like you guys always did with the Bush Administration. Wrong. I think Napolitano has a lot of explaining to do. I don’t like McCarthyism, regardless of which party is engaging in it. I hope the President makes it clear to her that this sort of political tampering with FOIA will not be tolerated.

That being said, Obama is still doing an amazing job as President and will undoubtedly be re-elected for another 4-year term. Napolitano and her staff, on the other hand, should probably submit their resignations over this, and the White House needs to make this one of Obama’s “teachable moments” and make sure all departments know that policies such as this will not be tolerated.

It seems to me to be more transparency in the transparency… If people are asking for sensitive information, it makes sense to know who they are.

After Bush hiding,,,,,,,,,,Well basically everything done in Government for 8 years, Literally sweeping hundreds of billions in spending under the rug, Cheney rewriting EPA standards behind closed doors WITH the corporate leaders of those industries, Your going to compare this to The Republican KGB, YES Republican, As in United Soviet Socialist Republic, Virtually every Communist on the planet is a Republican either voluntarily, forced, or tricked into believing thier lies

One country? Try Two, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nor the Taliban had ANYTHING to do with 9/11, It was Bush’s childhood buddy Osama Bin Ladin and Al-Q which did the deed, The Taliban actually offered to destroy Al-Q and prosecute Bin Ladin’s head and put it on a stick within a couple of weeks of 9/11, Bush not only refused their offer but attacked our 50 year allies against the spread of Communism into Afghanistan and we have all but forgotten Bin Ladin and his radicals every since.

DHS another Bush F Up!

Funny how the USA was safe for years BEFORE 9/11 and we had no DHS then, Also funny how DHS shuttled hundreds of billions of our money to one private company and still attempt to do so isn’t it? It seem Halliburton is the chosen one among corporations to lead us into becoming the next Republic alongside China, Korea, Russia, Cuba, etc

What they fail to disclose is that the people holding up the information were appointed by none other than George Bush, Sure there were a few things listed as “sensitive” and they are listed on the .gov site, But for the most part Obama’s administration has disclosed 1000% more than Bush did, Of course the DHS cannot send out information on National Security, troop placement along our borders, etc and that is exactly what Republicans and would be terrorist are clogging the system with request for, LOOK IT UP!!!!

Although I find what the Department of HS is doing is blatantly wrong, they at least still released the information, late yes, but it was still released. To compare it to the Bush administration is a ovrstatement as the people in the U.S. are still waiting for the “Secret” energy meeting minutes which will probably never be released.

And a personal fave

Seems like backlash from the birthers.

Simply hallucinogenic…

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Thank goodness Obama established the precedent of investigating the previous administration criminally, it is going to bite him where his dog sniffs him.

meci on July 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM

If it has Ivy League attached to it in any way show it the door. The only courses offered must be on how to lie,cheat,steal and mumble.
We as a Nation will figure how to work around these idiots but it is gettin’ real old.Business sure has got these folks number and unemployment is up again?
November is only 102 1/2 days away.
Today is:
Thu, July 22, 2010
Election Day in:
103 Days

Col.John Wm. Reed on July 22, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Simply hallucinogenic…

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

indeed…what a bunch of wackos…

cmsinaz on July 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Independent Counsel time.

MTF on July 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I must be blunt. This garbage is pure profiling.
They rail against profiling and then master and abuse profiling.

The next time we hear AZ used by The Rev Jesse jaxson as profiling or ICE doing profiling, they are doing it at the top level.
Should my FOIA request have a Muslim name, Mexican name or just Shabbazz?

Josepe Abdul Shabazz.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

There is no way Big Sis came up with this herself, just no flippin’ way! It had to come from the top. Isn’t deliberately obstructing the law an impeachable offense?

TinMan13 on July 22, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Simply hallucinogenic…

Del Dolemonte on July 22, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Thanks for those gems. My fav is this one:

It seems to me to be more transparency in the transparency… If people are asking for sensitive information, it makes sense to know who they are.

Where to even begin?

Firefly_76 on July 22, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Colbyjack on July 22, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I believe the term you are searching for is “Neo-Fascist”. Barack Obama is the modern equivalent of Mussolini. Complete with Grecco-Roman imagery.
wearyman on July 22, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I would agree, but as always, the Left has corrupted yet another word for their own deceptive use.

To quote Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.,:

In certain basic respects – a totalitarian state structure, a single party, a leader, a secret police, a hatred of political, cultural and intellectual freedom – fascism and communism are clearly more like each other than they are like anything in between.

Having bastardized the word ‘Liberal’ to mean the complete opposite to Liberty, the Left has co-opted the word Progressive from Progress.

But They don’t mean the definition as it was in the past, they are really just Statists in disguise, a ‘New’ form of Progressivism, hence the term NeoProgressive-Socialist or Statist.

Colbyjack on July 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Funny how the USA was safe for years BEFORE 9/11 and we had no DHS then…

This may be the single most stupifyingly inane thing I have ever read. One can only assume that the Darwin Award lies in this worthy individual’s near future – how could someone this clueless survive crossing a busy street?

drunyan8315 on July 22, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Wow. They’ve been caught (yet again) doing the kinds of things that liberals and the MSM (but I repeat myself) repeatedly charged (without evidence) the Bush Administration of doing.

Where’s the outrage? Where’s the “worst person” status? Where’s the fear for the future of the Republic?

Yeah, I know, I was only kidding.

29Victor on July 22, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Somewhere Glenn Reynolds is firing up the ol’ “They told me if I voted for McCain…” line.

LastRick on July 22, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Please don’t forget that John McCain supported Napolitano for the Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security. And this was after she was governor of AZ for a number of years. I remind myself of that every time Napolitano makes the news.

Desert Gardens on July 22, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Now we really know JournoList has been disbanded, because those guys would have killed this story.

I agree that this policy had to originate in the White House and is probably being followed in all federal agencies. I was a political appointee and believe me, the agencies do not make up their own political policies. If they do and they get cauight, everyone gets fired – or at least they would have in other non-thug Administrations. In fact, any messing around with FOIA requests would have been a firing offense in ANY previous Admnistration.

rockmom on July 22, 2010 at 1:48 PM

If liberal politicians in office actually spent time doing their job and doing it well they’d find that they’d spend less time trying to keep their job.

shick on July 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM

They are finally figuring out what “vexatious requestors” like myself have found out first-hand: the entire government, media, and law enforcement system is corrupt, filled with people whose only concern is the political butt-wiping without regard to any laws or rules that exist.

More on that at http://www.butterdezillion.wordpress.com

Now I know the request that I need to do for the Hawaii folks. It’s not just the feds using bribe money to control everything in Hawaii. It’s Homeland Security. Janet the Thug is telling Hawaii they have to treat me like I’m a terrorist. The Vital Stats Office in Hawaii has been checking into the politics of at least one requestor and using that person’s politics as a reason to lie to them about records not existing in order to ILLEGALLY deny them what is required for disclosure.

These are the crooks we were all told we were crazy to not trust. “Conspiracy theorists”, we were called, because we said there’s something wrong about the way these people are evading their legal requirements for disclosure.

There are more stories that will be coming soon which show just how corrupt and just how widespread this crap really is.

justincase on July 22, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I’d say unbelievable, but sadly it’s all too believable with the Obama administration.

Democrats were outraged when Bush wanted to listen in on phone calls made to countries we were at war with, but Homeland Security investigating American citizens including Congressmen having the temerity to seek information through the Freedom of Information Act is just fine, and with this bunch it will only get worse.

RJL on July 22, 2010 at 2:04 PM

This policy stopped after DHS became aware that the AP was pursuing the story, but it’s appalling nonetheless.

Did it really stop? I can’t even adopt Reagan’s trust but verify slogan when it comes to this administration.

chemman on July 22, 2010 at 5:14 PM

“This policy stopped after DHS became aware that the AP was pursuing the story, but it’s appalling nonetheless.”

Did it really stop? I can’t even adopt Reagan’s trust but verify slogan when it comes to this administration.

chemman on July 22, 2010 at 5:14 PM

I doubt very much that it has stopped, but they have stopped discussing it via FOIA-able communications.

slickwillie2001 on July 22, 2010 at 6:04 PM

I suspect the policy didn’t stop at all. At most the delay stopped so the vetting wouldn’t be obvious.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Hot air is out to smear her she says.

seven on July 22, 2010 at 10:21 PM

How much longer is Big Sis going to hold that job? Do you think she’ll be around in 2011?

disa on July 23, 2010 at 12:40 AM