Thursday, May 05, 2011

Obama's Empty Transparency Rhetoric -

Obama's Empty Transparency Rhetoric -


"Equally damning criticism came from some of the outside groups called to testify. Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton, a frequent critic of Bush administration policies (it pushed for Bush visitor logs related to convicted felon Jack Abramoff), said the Obama administration had been even worse.

'To be clear, the Obama administration is less transparent than the Bush administration,' he said, noting that his group had filed more than 325 Freedom of Information Act requests, and some 45 FOIA lawsuits in federal court. Even Anne Weismann of the Center for Responsibility for Ethics in Washington—a left-leaning group that tends to assault Republicans while ignoring ethics-tarred Democrats—was forced to acknowledge that the White House hasn't kept its word. 'The policies for disclosure are in place, but the applications of the policies do not exist,' she said."

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