Four Years Later The Fundamental Transformation of “Transparency”

Obama’s promise of transparency 2008.

Fast and Furious, Solyndra, BenghaziGate, the dismissal of criminal charges against the Black Panthers, and other cases of alleged corruption reveal the lack of integrity that exists in history’s “most transparent administration,” according to Inside-the-Beltway watchdog groups. Sadly, President Barack Obama will soon complete his first term, and for almost four years “he has failed miserably to deliver on his promise of being the ‘most transparent administration ever,'” and cabinet-level agencies are among the worst offenders in violating public records laws, according to a Judicial Watch blog entry dated Sept. 28, 2012.

Nineteen of 20 presidential cabinet-level agencies totally ignored the law requiring disclosure of public information, according to analysis conducted by the Bloomberg news syndicate. What are they mostly withholding from American taxpayers? The cost of travel by top officials, which is supposed to be public information. Other federal agencies did the same, with only 8 of a total of 57 meeting the 20-day window required by the federal law known as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Not only is the Obama administration responsible for a staggering budget deficit, the President and his underlings are also responsible for a truth deficit, said several political insiders.

“At least a couple of recent developments lead to this kind of speculation,” gun rights analyst John Snyder said. “One is Obama’s refusal to consider the charge that the Justice Department report on the Fast and Furious federal gun running scandal is a whitewash. Another is Obama’s Pentagon attempt to silence professional military criticism of his policies.”




FOIA is a valuable tool in Judicial Watch’s work and we too see it violated consistently. To be fair, it happens in every administration—both Democrat and Republican—and JW regularly must go to court to obtain public records that should be furnished without the need for litigation. Obama promised this would all change, that there would be a ‘new era of open government’ when he moved into the White House,” said Judicial Watch.

Unfortunately for the American people it never materialized, according to Judicial Watch.

A former longtime director at the Department of Justice (DOJ) office that monitors the government’s FOIA compliance, put is simply in the Bloomberg news story: “When it comes to implementation of Obama’s wonderful transparency policy goals, especially FOIA policy in particular, there has been far more ‘talk the talk’ rather than ‘walk the walk.’”

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What would you expect from the head of an administration that won’t even open his college transcripts … etc.

He and his administration have been able to be so evasive and secretive only because of their willing partner, the American MSM.