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The point of this scheme was to evade public accountability, to conduct official government business under the table, outside of the public eye. When Congress and others asked for Ms. Jackson’s EPA correspondence and email, the “Richard Windsor” e-mails would fall outside that request and, eventually, be destroyed allowing official EPA business to be conducted secretly. That falls well short of conducting business in the open and in a transparent fashion.It also falls well short of the standards required by federal law.
If this were merely a matter of an official “alias” – e.g. LJackson@EPA.gov instead of her “official” email name, it would be no big deal. But the “Richard Windsor” identity is not an alias: it is a totally fake persona obviously created to evade record-keeping and disclosure requirements. It may not seem it on its face, but it an issue so serious that anyone who received a “Richard Windsor” email or corresponded with “Richard Windsor” – knowing it was Lisa Jackson and not reporting it, should at the very least be barred from succeeding her as administrator of the EPA.
Originally posted by topdog81
Personally, I don't feel that my support for President Obama had anything to do with my "head being in the sand". I'm a liberal person that has great disdain for nearly every point on the 'conservative agenda'.
Originally posted by IAMTAT
reply to post by elouina
Is this what you meant? Great thread, BTW.
...I hadn't seen the FCC-FOIA story you sited (Scandal #5?)...
Michele Bachmann worried the IRS might function as Obamacare death panels [VIDEO]
In the wake of revelations the IRS improperly targeted tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status during the last election cycle, Michele Bachmann is worried the Obama administration's apparent desire to make life difficult for conservatives might extend into other walks of life.
Specifically, she's concerned the president and his cronies might deny health care coverage to conservatives once Obamacare is fully implemented.
That's right -- she's worried about those dreaded death panels.
EPA Gives Info For Free to Big Green Groups 92% of Time; Denies 93% of Fee Waiver Requests from Biggest Conservative Critics
In a review of letters granting or denying fee waivers granted at the “initial determination” stage from January 2012 to this Spring, Horner found green groups, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and EarthJustice, had their fees waived in 75 out of 82 cases.
Meanwhile, EPA effectively or expressly denied Horner’s request for fee waivers in 14 of 15 FOIA requests over this same time.1 Moreover, every denial Horner appealed was overturned.
“That these denials are ritually overturned on appeal, not after I presented any new evidence or made any new point, but simply restated what was a detailed and heavily sourced legal document to begin with, reaffirms the illegitimacy of these hurdles EPA places in the way of those who cause it problems.” Horner said. “EPA’s practice is to take care of its friends and impose ridiculous obstacles to deny problematic parties’ requests for information.”
The numbers for a sampling of comparable “national” groups are mind-boggling. Of Sierra Club’s 15 requests, EPA granted 11. And Sierra Club received the harshest of treatments. In fact, EPA granted 19 of NRDC’s 20 requests and 17 of EarthJustice’s 19 requests. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility went a perfect 17-for-17. The Waterkeeper Alliance had all three of its requests granted, Greenpeace and the Southern Environmental Law Center each were 2-for-2, the Center for Biological Diversity 4-for-4.
That is, these green pressure groups encountered a cooperative EPA 92 percent of the time, but Horner’s requests on behalf of CEI and the American Tradition Institute were rejected more than 93 percent of the time.
Originally posted by elouina
Glad to see this getting the proper attention. I broke this same info here 4 days ago before it was even being called a scandal. I guess folks just weren't ready yet. I thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for getting this front and center! And if you need help with anything, just ask.
far-left environmental community, while simultaneously blocking conservative leaning groups
Correct me if I am wrong Boncho! But you aren't even a US citizen are you?
The reason I ask is, from the past I am almost sure you aren't, but yet how is it that you can see thru the illusion, and yet most Americans still believe in it?
Star for you non the less.....;