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Wouldn’t You Like to Know
Weekly Standard ^ | 03/15/2010 | Stephen F. Hayes

Posted on 03/07/2010 2:28:23 PM PST by safetysign

The ‘most transparent administration in history’ stonewalls.

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee last fall, Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, asked Attorney General Eric Holder to produce a list of Department of Justice employees who had been involved in representing detainees. Holder said he’d consider the request.

Three months later he denied it. In a letter to Grassley on February 18, Holder acknowledged that nine Justice Department officials had worked on behalf of detainees before joining the Obama administration. The names of two of those officials—Jennifer Daskal and Neal Katyal—had been reported publicly. But Holder refused to disclose the other seven and allowed that there could well be more than nine.

This refusal by the Justice Department is just the latest example of the Obama administration’s near-obsessive secrecy on issues related to Guantánamo Bay and detainees. Given how Obama started his presidency, it’s ironic.

Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009. On January 21, he ordered government agencies to operate with transparency and openness—he had repeatedly pledged on the campaign trail to make his the “most transparent administration in history.” On January 22, he ordered the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay closed within a year. These were plainly among the highest priorities of a new administration that had designs on changing Washington.

Since then, however, Obama’s determination to close Guantánamo has left his openness promises in tatters. The administration has steadfastly refused to provide the public with information on the efforts to close Guantánamo, the lawyers working on detainee issues, and, most disturbing, the detainees themselves.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gitmo; obama; secrecy; transparent
More change you can relieve yourself in.
1 posted on 03/07/2010 2:28:23 PM PST by safetysign
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To: safetysign

The people are not interested in such “inside baseball”.


2 posted on 03/07/2010 2:33:53 PM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: safetysign; All
The source link leads to the WS subscription page.

The excerpt link at the bottom of the article leads to the complete article.

3 posted on 03/07/2010 2:45:31 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: safetysign
More change you can relieve yourself in.

Change You Can't Believe In!

4 posted on 03/07/2010 3:22:56 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: safetysign

The only way to deal with this administration is to remove all of them from any position of political power. IMHO!


5 posted on 03/07/2010 4:29:34 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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