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The Obama administration is fighting to block access to names of visitors to the White House, taking up the Bush administration argument that a president doesn't have to reveal who comes calling to influence policy decisions.
Despite President Barack Obama's pledge to introduce a new era of transparency to Washington, and despite two rulings by a federal judge that the records are public, the Secret Service has denied msnbc.com's request for the names of all White House visitors from Jan. 20 to the present. It also denied a narrower request by the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for
Originally posted by SkepticPerhaps
Just another lie. What will it take for people to realize it's their responsibility to reform the government, not the government's?
He also cited a list of "the unprecedented steps the administration has taken to promote openness and transparency." These include instructing all agencies to adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure in Freedom of Information Act decisions, and overturning the practice of allowing other executives, aside from the president, to assert executive privilege to block access to an administration's records.
Originally posted by Matthew Dark
Well what if some of them are visits of a personal nature?
Would the freakin' president be allowed at least a bit of privacy?
Now, I can kinda see both sides of this issue, so I can't really say for sure if what they're doing is right or wrong, but I can definitely see how it would seem suspicious.
And what's all this about 'being judged'?
Originally posted by jam321
Did Obama ever describe what he meant by transparency?
Transparency of Bush documents-OK
Transparency of Obama's documents- NO NO
Obama is a fast speaker and people buy into what he says. What surprises me is that even when he fails to deliver, people continue to buy what he is selling.