90 Miles From Tyranny : Transparency Schmarency

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Transparency Schmarency

On his first day in office, Barack Obama pledged to hold himself to "a new standard of openness." in a later memo Obama wrote: 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.

The corrupt establishment media and the leftist organizations designed to promote leftist agendas do no care if his words do not match his deeds however, much like Obama's awarded Nobel Peace Prize, which he received for during nothing, but based on his "potential",he received the "transparency" Award in March 2011 from the open government community based on his "Potential" to be transparent, members of the open government community described the award to be “aspirational,” in recognition of Obama’s potential to do more on the transparency front.  In a telling twist, the "transparency" was held behind closed doors, no press was allowed, no photos were taken.
 From claiming executive privilege over fast and furious to hide the facts from congress and the American people to lying and stalling on the Benghazi cover up, this president has been anything but transparent.  He broke a promise to televise meetings about health care on C-SPAN, he failed to keep his "sunlight before signing" pledge to wait five days before signing legislation and he hasn't created a "contracts and influence" database to disclose how much federal contractors spend on lobbying. The administration has embarked on an unprecedented wave of prosecutions of whistle blowers and alleged leakers. Administration lawyers are aggressively fighting Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests at the agency level and in court. Travel costs of Obama administration officials remain undisclosed.

Clearly this presidency is not transparent by any stretch of the imagination.  Just as disturbing as the lack of transparency of this administration is the willingness to leak sensitive information whenever it may benefit the President.  Details of the Stuxnet virus were particularly damaging to out national security efforts. 

Now that the president has sliced and diced his way to a second term with the help of the corrupt U.S. media, is it possible that he will begin to be more transparent?  Sadly, the answer is, only when it suits his purposes.

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