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Posted on 10/23/2011 10:13:31 AM PDT by Nachum
Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing Secret Department of Justice Transparency Workshop
Only in Washington would political appointees think it appropriate to keep secret a government workshop on transparency. And only in Washington would a politician promote his efforts on transparency while simultaneously taking steps to keep the American people in the dark about their government. » If you like this article, please subscribe to our daily newsletter
DOJBut thats exactly what the Obama White House did on December 7, 2009. And Judicial Watch now has the evidence to prove it.
On Monday, we released documents detailing the Obama White House decision to close to reporters a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training workshop conducted by the Office of Information Policy (OIP) in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). JW obtained the documents from the OIP in response to a FOIA request filed on the same day the workshop was held.
The documents consist of a series of emails between White House staff and the Director of the OIP. And here are a few key excerpts from these emails demonstrating what disrespect this White House has for transparency:
I am going to touch base with my public affairs office re your suggestion to get their reaction. I, personally dont object as my message is the same whether the event is open or not. Our concern had been solely with the inhibiting effect it would have on the govt ees [employees] who might not speak freely if press are there. Melanie Pustay, OIP Director, to Blake Roberts, Deputy Associate White House counsel, December 6, 2009.
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Freedom of Information department not so free and open.
I had to read closely to determine that this one WASN'T one of your clever articles! That makes it all the more hilarious!