Most Transparent Administation, Evah feeling a little defensive after damning report

posted at 6:41 pm on October 11, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Last week, a veteran New York Times reporter dubbed the Obama administration the “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered” in a preview of Leonard Downie’s special report on the White House’s supposed commitment to transparency for the Committee to Protect Journalists. That full report was released on Thursday, and let’s just say that things did not get much more flattering for the Obama administration:

In the Obama administration’s Washington, government officials are increasingly afraid to talk to the press. Those suspected of discussing with reporters anything that the government has classified as secret are subject to investigation, including lie-detector tests and scrutiny of their telephone and e-mail records. An “Insider Threat Program” being implemented in every government department requires all federal employees to help prevent unauthorized disclosures of information by monitoring the behavior of their colleagues.

Six government employees, plus two contractors including Edward Snowden, have been subjects of felony criminal prosecutions since 2009 under the 1917 Espionage Act, accused of leaking classified information to the press—compared with a total of three such prosecutions in all previous U.S. administrations. Still more criminal investigations into leaks are under way. Reporters’ phone logs and e-mails were secretly subpoenaed and seized by the Justice Department in two of the investigations, and a Fox News reporter was accused in an affidavit for one of those subpoenas of being “an aider, abettor and/or conspirator” of an indicted leak defendant, exposing him to possible prosecution for doing his job as a journalist. In another leak case, a New York Times reporter has been ordered to testify against a defendant or go to jail.

And that’s just the introduction.

The White House, apparently, is feeling a little defensive about the scathing report, via Politico:

“From the day he took office, the President committed his Administration to work towards unprecedented openness in government,” Eric Schultz, a White House spokesperson, told POLITICO in a statement. …

“As part of the President’s unparalleled commitment to reforming Washington, this Administration is the first ever to release White House visitor records,” Schultz said. “Over the past four years, Federal agencies have gone to great efforts to make government more transparent and more accessible than ever, to provide people with information that they can use in their daily lives. Just this past year, the government processed more [Freedom of Information Act] requests, decreased the backlog, improved average processing times, and disclosed more information proactively.”

“But these are more than just statistics,” Schultz continued. “They represent the efforts of agencies across the government to meet the President’s commitment to openness. While creating a more open government requires sustained effort, our continued efforts seek to promote accountability, provide people with useful information and harness the dispersed knowledge of the American people.”

Do they honestly think that if they just keep throwing around words like “unprecedented” and “unparalleled” in discussing their feelings about transparency, that it will somehow magically make it true — or do they just not care? Because the only thing “unprecedented” about this administration in regards to transparency are their aggressive efforts to clamp down on it.


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WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

MaiDee on October 11, 2013 at 6:48 PM

under the 1917 Espionage Act, accused of leaking classified information to the press

Barky and his junta have leaked more national security information (and sensitive information about America’s allies) than anyone else – sometimes for political gain but often just for sh!ts and giggles. Barky and his criminal gang should all be standing trial for treason and espionage.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

They lie and lie and lie like there’s no tomorrow, because they know that the media will serve up nice and tender to their leftist supporters and low-information voters. And it works for them. That’s how stupid the electorate is.

HiJack on October 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

this Administration is the first ever to release White House visitor records,” Schultz said.

TRANSLATION: Our people have been told to meet “visitors” across the street from the White House.

NO records are kept there.

See how “honest” we are?

GarandFan on October 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Would those agencies include the;

EPA
IRS
DOJ
NSA
HHS
DHS
State Dept

‘Cuz I’m not seeing it from here.

antipc on October 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Barky and his criminal gang should all be standing trial for treason and espionage.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

No way. The way the Senate and the House are run we’ll never see another impeachment again.

HiJack on October 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM

GarandFan on October 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

They actually stopped releasing those records. They got a court to seal them for something like 50 years or so…

astonerii on October 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Don’t tell me you’ll make things better for us.
Don’t tell me that you’re some one I can trust.
It doesn’t mean a thing to me just because,
It isn’t what you say, it’s what you do!
Your actions will speak louder than you!

– Hoobastank

Socratease on October 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

and disclosed more information proactively.”

This is what we got in our files on your infidelity… You sure you want those records?

astonerii on October 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

HiJack on October 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Not that it would ever happen, anyway (our society no longer has any self-respect left) but I’m talking about something way beyond mere impeachment. I’m talking about criminal prosecutions. With the most serious of sentences.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Tyrants will be tyrants.

trigon on October 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Best propaganda administration EVAH.

portlandon on October 11, 2013 at 7:04 PM

IOW, we don’t plan on doing anything regardless of what the House does:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says a proposal that puts a 6-week debt ceiling increase tied to budget negotiations would put us back to same position we’re in today in 6 weeks – @Reuters

davidk on October 11, 2013 at 7:04 PM

towards unprecedented openness in government

Meaning absolutely no openness. Now that’s unprecedented.

rbj on October 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Nancy:

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.: ‘I think you’ll see something come out of the House in the next 24 hours to reopen the entire government.’ – @frankthorpNBC

davidk on October 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Do they honestly think that if they just keep throwing around words like “unprecedented” and “unparalleled” in discussing their feelings about transparency, that it will somehow magically make it true — or do they just not care?

Yes on both counts, as long as you strike the word honestly, which should never, ever be used in connection with this administration.

Athanasius on October 11, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Would those agencies include the;

EPA
IRS
DOJ
NSA
HHS
DHS
State Dept

‘Cuz I’m not seeing it from here.

antipc on October 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

…you need Resist We Much eyeballs…and Spark Plug keeps plucking it out!

KOOLAID2 on October 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Last week, a veteran New York Times reporter dubbed the Obama administration the “most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered”

Sorta like trying to get info about the Cosa Nostra. Fancy that.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

But we are powerless, because we allow them to get us to fight each other.

It’s a brilliant way to stay in power actually.

petunia on October 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Do they honestly think that if they just keep throwing around words like “unprecedented” and “unparalleled” in discussing their feelings about transparency, that it will somehow magically make it true — or do they just not care?

Yes!!!

ShainS on October 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Figures that uber leftist Politico would be the place where the excuse making would be put forth. Politico is Obama’s little propaganda machine. Maybe they should change their name from Politico to Politburo. These MSM idiots want us to believe that the reason they never question Obama in a presser like they did’t the other day is because they are scared when the truth is they agree with him 100%.

neyney on October 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Boehner not only caved, he gave away the Farm!!

Drudge Headline:

DRUDGE HEADLINE: ‘COMPROMISE’ WOULD FUND OBAMACARE, LIFT DEBT CEILING, REOPEN GOVERNMENT AND REVERSE SEQUESTER CUTS…

bluefox on October 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Just this past year, the government processed more [Freedom of Information Act] requests

I would think processing lots more FOIA requests would be a sign of lack of transparency rather than one of transparency. If material were readily available, why do a FOIA request.

KW64 on October 11, 2013 at 7:26 PM

I hate to appear to be siding with obamunists. However in try to look at this objectively, opsec has become a huge problem for this administration. It was spiraling our of control in the previous administration. We had leaked a CIA covert agent’s identity, an Army private had stolen thousands of documents, Wikileaks, Snowden, and really has become a huge problem.
But, on the flip side this administration personnel conduct secret business communications through undisclosed email accounts, and they go to ridiculous lengths to hide records from official investigations.
Opsec where it applies to national security must be punished severely. But administration secrecy to hide from the public that which should be public knowledge should be dealt with just as harshly.

paulsur on October 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Aren’t there rumors that Boehner will retire after the midterms? He probably needs to make sure of his post-government employment… or maybe he knows what the NSA knows that he knows.

Zusnn on October 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Aren’t there rumors that Boehner will retire after the midterms? He probably needs to make sure of his post-government employment… or maybe he knows what the NSA knows that he knows.

Zusnn on October 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I heard the rumor also, but Boehner hasn’t commented. Ohio still needs to find someone to run against him. Oh, I’m sure Boehner knows what a lot of others know, not only NSA. Electing him Speaker was the biggest mistake the House made after 2010.

bluefox on October 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

…you need Resist We Much eyeballs…and Spark Plug keeps plucking it out!

KOOLAID2 on October 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

she keeps one hidden — omg

Axe on October 11, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Do they honestly think that if they just keep throwing around words like “unprecedented” and “unparalleled” in discussing their feelings about transparency, that it will somehow magically make it true

It only works because the the GOP is holding America hostage and those hostage-takers are taking hostages. So if the hostage-takers want to accuse the WH of using buzz words, it’s kinda like taking language hostage by a bunch of hostage-takers.

mankai on October 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM

I hate to appear to be siding with obamunists. However in try to look at this objectively, opsec has become a huge problem for this administration. It was spiraling our of control in the previous administration. We had leaked a CIA covert agent’s identity, an Army private had stolen thousands of documents, Wikileaks, Snowden, and really has become a huge problem.
But, on the flip side this administration personnel conduct secret business communications through undisclosed email accounts, and they go to ridiculous lengths to hide records from official investigations.
Opsec where it applies to national security must be punished severely. But administration secrecy to hide from the public that which should be public knowledge should be dealt with just as harshly.

paulsur on October 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

But the situation is radically different now. As follows;

Old and Busted (2007)

“We need you true-blue progressives in the bureaucracy to shed the light of day on the nefarious doings of BusHitler and his Gestapo! Dissent is Patriotic! You must help us save America and the world from their fascism! Long Live The Glorious People’s (Islamic) Revolution!!

New Hotness (2013)

“We’re in charge now, and power is in the hands of the Anointed One. The peasants do not need to know all that we are doing to them, as we Change The World for their own good.

So Shut The F**k Up. Or Else.”

As the old saying goes, it all depends on your point of view.

Or in this case, theirs.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 11, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Via Candice Lanier: How the feds are trying to lock down major economic data

Axe on October 11, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Terms like “unprecedented” and the others used by this Administration in every different context have been carefully tested in focus groups.

They do know the media will deliver their message unfiltered and uncritically, and they also know that anyone stupid enough to seriously consider supporting Obama after his disaster of a first term just won’t be able to get their tiny little brains around the details anyway.

IOW, they are NOT targeting people who are smart enough to see through them. 40 years of federal control of public education has given them a treasure trove of gullible fools. Their only problem is getting the sheep to the polls.

Adjoran on October 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Obama has been very transparent throughout his presidency. Clearly speaking, I can see right through him.

joeeddie on October 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Ministry of truth.

KMC1 on October 11, 2013 at 10:51 PM

How often prior to the barrycade abysmalstration did you ever hear of ST6 or Delta ops being leaked so often?

Sven on October 12, 2013 at 2:37 AM

Yep, this administration is well beyond impeachable offenses.
They are la Cosa Nostra on steroids.

Strangely, there is only one person in the entire nation who can reveal all, bring an end to this criminal enterprise and save the country:

Joe Biden

justltl on October 12, 2013 at 6:56 AM

C’mon, Joe.
Step up to the plate.
It’s the bottom of the ninth inning for our country. The score is tied, there are two outs. You have two strikes.
You can do it, Joe. You can be a hero forever.
Your name would be spoken of reverently for generations to come.
Knock one out of the park.

justltl on October 12, 2013 at 7:03 AM

justltl on October 12, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Except that Slow Joe still believes that if he keeps his nose clean, The One will somehow make the Wicked B!tch of the West (Hillary) magically disappear, leaving him as King after’16.

Meaning he can let Harry Reid run everything while he sits in the Oval Office cloakroom going “Gooblesnikky vonk, vonk, wooble” and “murmee, murmee, murmee” all day long.

He enjoys talking to his hatrack, but he doesn’t want to have to retire to the private sector to continue doing so.

The motivations of the deranged rarely make sense in any objective way.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Didn’t the regime just remove the spite house visitor logs due to the shutdown, of course? Thought so.

Kissmygrits on October 12, 2013 at 10:30 AM