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It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.
The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved "White House equities."
That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.
How serious an attack on the public's right to know is the Obama administration's invention of the "White House equities" exception?
"FOIA is designed to inform the public on government behavior; White House equities allow the government to withhold information from the media, and therefore the public, by having media requests forwarded for review. This not only politicizes federal agencies, it impairs fundamental First Amendment liberties," Cause of Action explains in its report.
The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
I just see these stories again and again...and think to myself....why is the 2nd amendment the only one that Americans seem to be able to be passionate about?
reply to post by brazenalderpadrescorpio
I wouldn't be surprised if that's the mastercraft of the intelligence agencies shaping public opinion, to divert attention away from the real issues at hand
reply to post by ~Lucidity
For all of you who still believe it matters who's in the White House? it doesn't.
Among Obama’s first acts as President was the issuance on Jan. 21, 2009 of a memo to cabinet and other officials admonishing transparency. The same day he declared that “transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
As it turns out, Obama has been the most aggressive President ever in going after leakers of classified information, charging six whistleblowers under the Espionage Act, more than all previous Presidents combined.
reply to post by deadcalm
April 15th 2009 bs is just now getting attention? Really?
If people would focus on current events a bit more, we might just stop re-electing the same idiots time after time.
The people running our Country were elected....... You reap what you sow!
reply to post by chrismarco
1. the rank, office, or period of rule of a dictator
2. government by a dictator or dictators
3. a country ruled by a dictator or dictators
4. absolute or supreme power or authority
Now he is rewriting the FOIA laws to hide public documents....and who knows what else.
Associate Attorney General Webster L. Hubbell to the principal FOIA administrative and legal contacts at all federal agencies on November 3, 1993, regarding the FOIA consultation procedures required for any White House-originated record or information found in agency files:
reply to post by hellobruce
Funny how you did not whine about it when Bush did the same....
But...trust me...there are plenty of other reasons that G Bush should be arrested and jailed.
reply to post by hellobruce
No need for a trial, just arrest and jail anyone you do not like!