From Associated Press: “U.S. cites security more to censor, deny records.”
The Obama administration has a way to go to fulfill its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in history.
More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests.
The government’s own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records. In category after category – except for reducing numbers of old requests and a slight increase in how often it waived copying fees – the government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.
In a year of intense public interest over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, the government cited national security to withhold information a record 8,496 times – a 57 percent increase over a year earlier and more than double Obama’s first year, when it cited that reason 3,658 times. The Defense Department, including the NSA, and the CIA accounted for nearly all those. The Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency cited national security six times, the Environmental Protection Agency did twice and the National Park Service once.
It is well said that America can survive a foolish or evil President. What is more troubling is a nation of fools that repeatedly elects such men.
Barack Obama promised transparency… he promised a lot of things… and many of those promises have turned out to be bald-faced lies. It is truly a nation of fools which doesn’t care whether leaders tell the truth.
Also, only a fool and a hater of his nation lies to the people, and diminishes trust for civil leadership. Woe to the man who embodies the cynicism that “lying is simply what politicians do.”