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  • Obama Likes Secrets, Including Yours

    06/29/2014 1:36:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | June 29, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    The surprising thing about the Supreme Court's decision on police searches of cellphones was its unanimity. Aligned on the same side of a major law enforcement issue were liberal and conservative justices who normally fight like cats and dogs. All agreed that it's intolerable to let cops ransack the voluminous contents of mobile phones. Who could disagree? Well, cops, of course. And the Obama administration. Barack Obama led Americans to believe that he would be far more sensitive to privacy and civil liberties than George W. Bush. But more often than not, he reflexively indulges the demands of law enforcement...
  • What if Secrecy Trumps the Constitution?

    04/03/2014 3:27:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | April 3, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the National Security Agency (NSA) knows it is violating the Constitution by spying on all Americans without showing a judge probable cause of wrongdoing or identifying the persons it wishes to spy upon, as the Constitution requires? What if this massive spying has come about because the NSA found it too difficult to follow the Constitution? What if the Constitution was written to keep the government off the people's backs, but the NSA and the president and some members of Congress have put the NSA not only on our backs, but in our bedrooms, kitchens, telephones and computers?...
  • No Reporters on Michelle Obama's Trip to China

    03/19/2014 6:17:34 AM PDT · by don-o · 53 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 18, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a 'people-to-people exchange' emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times. The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride...
  • Will Courts Lift Veil of Secrecy Around Lethal Injections?

    02/27/2014 10:45:17 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 28, 2014 | By Pete Williams
    Despite growing controversy over the use of anonymous pharmacies for lethal injections, the U.S. Supreme Court has thus far declined to block any executions based on 11th-hour appeals challenging the drug connections. That includes the case of Michael Taylor, a convicted rapist and murderer who was put to death at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday in Missouri after a furious legal battle that stretched well into the night. It's worth nothing, however, that three high court justices wanted to block Taylor's execution and cited the words of an appeals judge who said so little was known about the source of the deadly...
  • Shadowy funders build liberal war chest to unseat governor

    01/05/2014 4:36:34 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies ^ | 1-2-14 | Tori Richards
    A few wealthy, anonymous donors funded a liberal activist group working on the failed recall of Wisconsin’s governor, has learned. Nearly 75 percent of the money funneled into the Center for Media and Democracy during 2011 and 2012 came from just a few donors whose names have been redacted from tax forms obtained by Watchdog. CMD has said, “Most of CMD’s supporters are individual donors who give $5 or more a year to help support the Center’s general operations.” Those “operations” included contributing to the unsuccessful but expensive effort by liberals and labor unions to unseat GOP Gov. Scott...
  • White House blocks access to Obama events, news groups say

    11/22/2013 11:23:15 AM PST · by Jonah Vark · 39 replies
    McClatchy Washington Bureau ^ | November 21, 2013 | By Anita Kumar
    <p>WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest news organizations lodged a complaint Thursday against the White House for imposing unprecedented limitations on photojournalists covering President Barack Obama, which they say have harmed the public’s ability to monitor its own government.</p> <p>The organizations accuse the White House of banning photojournalists from covering Obama at some events, and then later releasing its own photos and videos of the same events.</p>
  • US 'eavesdropped on Vatican in run-up to conclave'

    10/30/2013 10:00:03 AM PDT · by onyx · 70 replies
    AFP ^ | October 30, 2013
    <p>Rome — US secret services allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama claimed Wednesday.</p> <p>"The National Security Agency wiretapped the pope," the magazine said, accusing the United States of listening in to telephone calls to and from the Vatican, including the accommodation housing cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio before he was elected Pope Francis.</p>
  • Honest and Open, Obama Administration Tightens Screws On Media

    10/11/2013 3:39:56 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 19 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 10/11/13 | LD Jackson
    One would think reports like this would be more than a worrisome to any reporter who prides themselves on even making a moderate attempt to report the truth. When President Obama first took office, he made the following claim. We were told that his administration would be the most honest and open presidency in modern American history. He made that statement in response to what he felt was far too much secrecy from the Bush administration. During his first four plus years in office, I wonder how Obama is doing with making good on that claim. My impression is not...
  • Senate Commits High Treason: “Classifies” votes to hide funding for Syrian Rebels

    08/06/2013 12:48:31 PM PDT · by Renfield · 15 replies
    Extreme Prejudice ^ | 7-31-2013 | John Glaser
    Here’s a riddle: How do you make it easier to push through legislation in Congress that is overwhelmingly opposed in the public without any political consequences? SecrecyAnswer: Keep the votes secret. That’s exactly what’s happened to an Obama administration plan to provide weapons directly to the Syrian rebels. The Senate committee that approved the plan was, unusually, allowed to classify their votes, presumably in order to insulate themselves from any repercussions from their constituents. Because really…why should elected representatives have to tell the people they supposedly represent how they are doing the job they were elected to do!?...
  • How Much Secrecy Is Too Much?

    06/07/2013 4:49:19 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 3 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 06/07/13 | LD Jackson
    I do not consider myself a naive person, in that I understand our government can not tell us everything it is doing. There are sometimes, realities that can not be ignored, and national security dictates that secrets be kept from the knowledge of the general public. There is no doubt we are living in a changed country. The realities that surfaced after the attacks on 9/11 made us all realize just how deeply that change runs. As a result, we now have the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. The phone and internet record gathering programs...
  • AP Exclusive: Calif. exchange granted secrecy

    05/10/2013 12:58:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    UT Sand Diego ^ | 5/9/13 | y MICHAEL R. BLOOD,AP
    LOS ANGELES — A California law that created an agency to oversee national health care reforms granted it broad authority to conceal spending on the contractors that will perform most of its functions, potentially shielding the public from seeing how hundreds of millions of dollars are spent. The degree of secrecy afforded Covered California appears unique among states attempting to establish their own health insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's signature health law. An Associated Press review of the 16 other states that have opted for state-run marketplaces shows the California agency was given powers that are the most restrictive...
  • Sen. Burr: CIA Has ‘Flatly Refused’ to Give Intel Committee Some Benghazi-Related Documents

    02/13/2013 5:32:27 PM PST · by drewh · 20 replies
    CNS News ^ | By Terence P. Jeffrey | 2/13/13
    ( - Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Burr made the assertion last week at the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to be director of the CIA. Brennan currently serves as the president's counterterrorism adviser. “Mr. Brennan, as you know, the committee's conducting a thorough inquiry into the...
  • Claim: EPA Head Used Secret Email to Hide Documents

    11/17/2012 9:18:41 PM PST · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    The House Science Committee is investigating whether Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson used the secret email alias "Richard Windsor" to hide internal communications from government watchdogs—an action that may violate open-records laws.
  • Source: 7 Navy SEALs punished for secrecy breach

    11/08/2012 7:12:59 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/8/12 | ROBERT BURNS | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior defense official says seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for allegedly disclosing classified information. The official, who discussed the matter on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case, says the seven received what the military calls "nonjudicial" punishment on Wednesday. They are alleged to have provided the information to the maker of a video game.
  • Feds arrest Mohammed filmmaker on probation violation

    09/27/2012 7:07:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/27/2012 | AllahPundit
    No word yet on what the violation was, but I assume it must be far more serious than using an alias or a computer. Given the insanity of the past two weeks, replete with the White House nudging Google to pull the video off of YouTube and the State Department running ads on Pakistani TV to apologize for a movie they had nothing to do with, I can’t quite believe the DOJ would risk the perception that they’re punishing this guy for a thoughtcrime unless something serious was involved. There has to be a real crime underlying this. Right? The...
  • Scientist who saw drowned polar bears reprimanded [Environuts think he should get an apology]

    09/28/2012 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 28, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT | BECKY BOHRER
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has been reprimanded for improper release of government documents. An Interior Department official said emails released by Charles Monnett were cited by a federal appeals court in decisions to vacate approval by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management of an oil and gas company's Arctic exploration plan. The official, Walter Cruickshank, deputy director of BOEM, said in a memo that an inspector general's investigation contained findings that Monnett had improperly disclosed internal government documents, which he said were later used against...
  • Obama Gave Entertainment Mag Interview on Peak Day of Embassy Protests

    09/19/2012 5:28:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | Sept. 19, 2012 | Warner Todd Huston
    New information reveals President Barack Obama conducted interviews with entertainment magazines and posed for a photo spread last Friday as American embassies burned and 21 countries erupted into ant-American protests. Instead of spending precious time dealing with the developing crisis in the Mid East and with his foreign policy scheme in a total freefall, on Friday morning, September 14, Obama was giving an interview to the entertainment magazine People en Español and participating in a photo session with photographer Omar Cruz. This interview was not on his public schedule and was hidden from the public.
  • D.C. Islamophobia Conference Was a Bad Idea

    12/13/2011 3:41:24 PM PST · by bayouranger · 31 replies ^ | 12-13-11 | Nina Shea
    Yesterday marked the opening of the international conference announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a high-level meeting on Islamophobia that she co-chaired, held last July in Istanbul and hosted by the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). At the time, Secretary Clinton described this week’s conference as a move to implement U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on “combating [religious] intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization.” This State Department conference, entitled “The Istanbul Process,” is proving to be a very bad idea. It remains to be seen whether speech limitations to protect religion generally and Islam specifically will be...
  • Tea With Terrorists?

    07/08/2010 5:47:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 8, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Homeland Security: President Obama promised lobbyists wouldn't run his White House. They're just doing it from across the street — at a Shariah-compliant coffee chain tied to a radical jihadist group. That's right: According to the New York Times, prominent K Street lobbyists are buttonholing Obama officials at a Caribou Coffee shop on Pennsylvania Avenue, raising far more than just ethics questions. What the Times story neglects to mention is that Caribou Coffee is a Shariah-compliant firm owned by an Islamic bank based in Bahrain. One of its founders and a current adviser are leaders in the radical Muslim Brotherhood....
  • GOP slams White House for suspected coffee shop meetings

    05/05/2011 6:15:02 AM PDT · by Dacula · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5-3-11 | Sara Jerome
    House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee raised concerns at a Tuesday hearing that White House staffers hold meetings at a nearby Caribou Coffee to avoid disclosure requirements. "White House staff apparently purposely schedule meetings at the Caribou Coffee around the corner from the White House so that those meetings won’t show up on the White House logs," said Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Calif.), chairman of the Oversight subcommittee. Republicans portrayed the White House as failing to live up to campaign promises on transparency. Stearns pointed to President Obama, who as a candidate said healthcare negotiations would air on C-SPAN,...
  • President Vows to “Hammer Away at Key Issue of Campaign”

    09/01/2012 8:35:28 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 34 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    President Obama renewed his assault on what he contends is the key issue of this campaign: transparency. “People need to know who they’re voting for, a candidate’s life shouldn’t be a mystery,” the president said. “For months, Governor Romney has been ducking the question of how much he’s paid in taxes the last decade. How can he expect voters to elect him when he’s withholding information vital to their decision?” “If you want to be president of the United States your life needs to be an open book,” Obama continued. “Crucial chapters shouldn’t be hidden from view. Attempts to divert...
  • Obama's College Classmate: The Obama Scandal is at Columbia

    08/06/2012 4:46:19 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 198 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | August 6, 2012 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Why are the college records, of a 51-year-old President of the United States, so important to keep secret? I think I know the answer. If anyone should have questions about Obama’s record at Columbia University, it’s me. We both graduated (according to Obama) Columbia University, Class of ’83. We were both (according to Obama) Pre-Law and Political Science majors. And I thought I knew most everyone at Columbia. I certainly thought I’d heard of all of my fellow Political Science majors. But not Obama (or as he was known then- Barry Soetoro). I never met him. Never saw him. Never...
  • Report Accuses Obama DHS of Witness Tampering and Attempted Document Theft

    03/31/2011 8:11:19 AM PDT · by opentalk · 17 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | March 31, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    More Hope and ChangeÂ… A key congressional committee accused the Obama Department of Homeland Security of non-cooperation, witness tampering and even attempted theft of committee documents. The report claims that DHS Attorney Reid Alan Cox attempted to leave a committee hearing room with the CommitteeÂ’s exhibits in his bag. FOX News reported A key congressional committee on oversight is accusing the Department of Homeland Security of non-cooperation, witness tampering and even attempted theft of committee documents. The 152-page report comes on the eve of hearings on transparency about DHS by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The accusations were...
  • Protestors, supporters wait for Obama at Four Seasons (Ditches Press AGAIN!)

    07/17/2012 5:19:38 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 9 replies
    American Statesman ^ | July 17 | American-Statesman staff
    ...Update 2:55 p.m. from Amie Parnes of the Hill: Travel pool was separated for about 20 minutes from the motorcade en route to the next stop at a private residence. This separation resulted in a high speed, wild goose chase weaving through the streets of San Antonio. Led by a police escort, your pool was led up wrong way streets, driving on the shoulder of highways, and so on. Finally, after cars were literally pushed off the highway by the police escort and the three White House pool vans, we had interstate 10 ourselves at a speed of about 85...
  • The Soros Summit -FB exclusive:Inside the secret Miami meeting-George Soros’s liberal conspiracy

    05/15/2012 8:58:40 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5-15-12 | Andrew Stiles
    Complete Title: The Soros Summit - Free Beacon exclusive: Inside the secret Miami meeting of George Soros’s liberal conspiracy ### A secretive network of left-wing billionaires and their political operatives descended on the luxurious Biltmore Hotel in Miami over the weekend to discuss strategy for the coming elections. The location of the conference had been kept a closely guarded secret by the members and guests of Democracy Alliance (DA), a collection of ultra-wealthy liberal donors formed in 2005, and is reported here in a Washington Free Beacon exclusive. Attendees roamed the grounds at the 150-acre tropical resort on their way...
  • Democratic Senators Issue Strong Warning About Use of the Patriot Act

    03/17/2012 6:10:25 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 33 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 16,2012 | Charlie Savage
    For more than two years, a handful of Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee have warned that the government is secretly interpreting its surveillance powers under the Patriot Act in a way that would be alarming if the public — or even others in Congress — knew about it.
  • Ron Bracken: Climate of secrecy led to crumbling of Camelot

    11/11/2011 8:45:31 PM PST · by Colofornian · 67 replies (State College, PA) ^ | Nov. 11, 2011 | Ron Bracken
    So this is how it ends, a career that was once glistening and unassailable, collapses under the weight of an unimaginable scandal? We all, those of us who observed Joe Paterno and his program over many years, felt that it would end badly for him but none of us could have concocted such a horrific denouement. Maybe he would let his anger get the best of him and he’d physically assault an official or a member of the media. Or maybe he would say something so egregious or ill-considered that he couldn’t undo it. But no one would have, could...
  • Most Transparent Administration Ever Wants Cover Up Law

    10/27/2011 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | October 27, 2011 | Mike Shedlock
    The Justice Department of the Obama Administration, the self-proclaimed "most transparent administration ever Proposes Letting Government to Respond to Freedom of Information Requests Denying Existence of the Documents. A longtime internal policy that allowed Justice Department officials to deny the existence of sensitive information could become the law of the land -- in effect a license to lie -- if a newly proposed rule becomes federal regulation in the coming weeks. The proposed rule directs federal law enforcement agencies, after personnel have determined that documents are too delicate to be released, to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests "as...
  • Democrats Introduce Bill to Seal Up Obama’s Presidential Records

    10/06/2011 12:57:32 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05 October, 2011 | Bryan Preston
    According to Judicial Watch, Rep. Edolphous Towns (D-NY) has introduced the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would do with Obama’s presidential records what Obama has already done to his personal and collegiate records: Seal them up. In an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats has introduced legislation to create an official process that will allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office. Ironically, Obama revoked a similar George W. Bush order in one of his first official acts as president. In 2001 Bush penned an executive order...
  • Court Slaps Down Secrecy, Rules White House Visitor Logs Subject to FOIA

    08/22/2011 10:16:19 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Big Government ^ | 8/22/11 | Tom Fitton
    In an embarrassing defeat for the Obama administration, a federal court ruled on Wednesday that Secret Service White House visitor logs are agency records that are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act! U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell issued the decision in Judicial Watch v. Secret Service, (No. 09-2312). Here’s the bottom line: The Obama administration will now have to release all records of all visitors to the White House – or explain why White House visits should be kept secret under law.
  • 'State of emergency' in 'Nazi'-cop town

    07/11/2011 7:17:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 10, 2011 | July 10, 2011
    The Arizona town that's become a YouTube sensation for its police department hauling away a woman speaking at a town-hall meeting declared a state of emergency this afternoon, leaving many local residents in fear of what officers dressed in full riot gear might do. Jennifer "Jade" Jones, 45, the woman forcibly removed by police from a recent public meeting in Quartzsite, Ariz., despite the vocal objections of the mayor, says an illegal secret meeting was held today with the public locked out of the building. "About noon today, the town council, at the request of the police chief, declared an...
  • California legislators insist their calendars should be secret

    05/04/2011 8:56:50 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies ^ | 4 May 2011 | Karen de Sá kdesa
    Maintaining the entrenched secrecy of the California Legislature, leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have rejected a joint request by the Bay Area News Group, The Associated Press and the First Amendment Coalition to open the appointment calendars of lawmakers and their key staffers to public view. The denial, received late last week, reveals that activities remain thickly shrouded inside the state Capitol, where a 2010 series in this newspaper documented just how beholden legislators are to lobbyists and the agendas pushed by campaign contributors. Responding to multiple requests from the news organizations, the rules committees in both houses...

    05/04/2011 7:48:15 AM PDT · by Young Werther · 15 replies
    United States Government ^ | May 4, 2011 | Young Werther
    PROTECTING STATE secrets and safeguarding national security are paramount.
  • Zions First National Bank of Utah Penalized under Bank Secrecy Act and USA Patriot Act

    02/11/2011 3:22:52 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 6 replies
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ^ | February 11, 2011 | Jennifer Kelly, Kevin M. Mukri
    #2011-009 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY In the Matter of: Zions First National Bank Salt Lake City, Utah AA-EC-11-04 CONSENT ORDER The Comptroller of the Currency of the United States of America ("Comptroller"), through his national bank examiners and other staff of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC"), conducted an examination of Zions First National Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah ("Bank"), specifically of the Bank's former foreign correspondent business, including its transactions with Casa de Cambio ("CDC") money service business customers located in Mexico. The OCC identified deficiencies in the...
  • Napolitano and Muslim Brotherhood affiliates met secretly

    02/03/2011 10:40:18 AM PST · by opentalk · 50 replies
    Canada Freepress ^ | February 3, 2011 | Jim Kouri
    Last year, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet and her senior staff secretly met with a select group of Muslim, Arab, and Sikh organizations. Among the mix were three organizations directly associated with an outlawed terrorist entity — the Muslim Brotherhood, who are involved in the current uprising in Egypt. Walid Phares, director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, criticized the partnership concept: “Through the so-called ‘partnership’ between the Jihadi-sympathizer networks and U.S. bureaucracies, the U.S. government is invaded by militant groups.” Just recently, a Washington, DC-based legal group uncovered documents from the Department of...
  • Stanley Ann Dunham and the Left's Exploitation of Women

    01/27/2011 3:24:46 AM PST · by Scanian · 30 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Robin of Berkeley
    Reader Advisory: Sexual Content Obama's mother, the oddly named Stanley Ann, died of cancer about fifteen years ago. There's little known about Stanley Ann, aside from the details provided by Obama and his handlers. Of course, the truth about Obama's past is shrouded in secrecy. But what can be pieced together about Obama's mom from the information at hand? For one, Stanley Ann was given her strange name by her strange father, Stanley Dunham, who desired a boy instead. Dunham was a volatile, hard-drinking man, who was expelled from high school for punching his principal. Mental illness may have run...
  • Interpol Immunity (update from Andrew C. McCarthy)

    01/09/2010 8:19:57 AM PST · by opentalk · 19 replies · 1,287+ views
    Nation Review Online ^ | January 8, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Finally, today, we get at least an attempt at an explanation of President Obama’s dead-of-night decision on December 16 to grant Interpol — the international police force — immunity from American law. (See here and here.) Unfortunately, in the habit to which we’ve grown accustomed, the Obama administration itself didn’t provide the explanation. It comes from Interpol’s secretary general, Ron Noble, via an informative report by Valerie Richardson at Human Events. (Ms. Richardson, who quotes from my posts in her story, was good enough to call me for comment; I regret that, because of the press of other business, I...
  • Secrecy v. Transparency – Wikileaks and the Gospel

    12/11/2010 2:15:21 AM PST · by ReligiousLibertyTV · 1 replies
    ReligiousLiberty.TV ^ | 12/11/10 | Michael D. Peabody
    The keywords for today are “Secrecy” and “Transparency.” There are good secrets and bad secrets. Things to be concealed and things to be revealed. Some people want to know, others want to hide. Secrecy is an valuable commodity. From universities that want to protect professors’ academic freedom by keeping their controversial viewpoints from public criticism to the Central Intelligence Agency’s protection of international sources, secrecy and confidentiality allows organizations and governments to effectively achieve their goals with a degree of freedom and flexibility. On the other hand, transparency is also valuable. For instance, without whistle blowers, the American people would...
  • Rep. Pete Hoekstra Says Administration Blocking Full Scope of Wikileaks Breach from Intel Committee

    12/09/2010 4:50:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/9/10 | John R. Parkinson
    Rep. Pete Hoekstra, the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters Thursday afternoon that the Wikileaks data breach is the result of “a system that provided too many points of access” created in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and that the Obama Administration is working to keep the full scope of the breach from congressional oversight by the intelligence committee. (Snip) Hoekstra said that in past national security breaches, the intelligence committee is historically the first panel in Congress informed about the contents of a breach. But so far, according to Hoekstra,
  • Is Anything Real? Trillions in Secret Fed Payments Revealed

    12/02/2010 4:08:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies ^ | 12/2/10 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's go back, audio sound bite-wise, to me on my program, this program. This is March 12th of this year... RUSH ARCHIVE: The TARP money was not used for its original purpose. There's something else out there, Jordan, you need to know. The Federal Reserve, before the TARP bailout, made loans totaling $2 trillion and they will not tell us to whom. We don't know who got the money. Whether the Fed loans it or the government prints it, it's our money. So you can talk about the $700 billion TARP. You can talk about the $787...
  • Leaked video raises secrecy-law questions (Japan-China Spat)

    11/12/2010 6:15:55 PM PST · by Ronin · 6 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | November 13, 2010 | By NATSUKO FUKUE, ALEX MARTIN and MIZUHO AOKI
    It was Wednesday when a coast guard officer dropped a bombshell on his skipper and sparked a national sensation. The 43-year-old chief navigator of the patrol ship Uranami, stationed in Kobe, reportedly admitted he posted video clips on the Internet showing a Chinese trawler ramming Japanese patrol craft off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, shaking the Cabinet to the core. The leak of the videos of the Sept. 7 collisions has raised two critical questions for the government and investigators: should he be punished for leaking what the government believes is " secret," and how can the...
  • Journalism 101

    08/22/2010 11:59:10 AM PDT · by kathsua
    The Hutchinson News ^ | 8/22/10 | KENNETH B. LUCAS
    John Montgomery's explanation for the withdrawal of The News' endorsement of Tracey Mann for Congress demonstrates that there aren't any real journalists on The News editorial board. Mann's advice to President Barack Obama about making his birth certificate public is the same basic advice journalists gave to former President Bill Clinton after discovery of his affair with Monica Lewinsky. The best way for a president to defuse a controversy is to make the relevant documents public immediately. Stonewalling like President Richard Nixon did during Watergate only prolongs the situation and encourages people to believe the worst. I don't know where...
  • Greed and secrecy mark nation’s first, biggest cap-and-trade program

    08/03/2010 8:02:19 AM PDT · by goldendays · 22 replies · 13+ views ^ | 08/02/10 | MARK TAPSCOTT
    While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid desperately seeks a way to force a cap-and-trade energy bill through the Senate, folks in 10 northeastern states are getting a bitter taste of what such a program really means. In the case of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) that includes New Jersey New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Delaware and Maryland, greed and secrecy appear to be the most dominant considerations. RGGI describes itself on its web site as “the first mandatory, market-based effort in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states...
  • Obama's odd arms-control secrecy

    06/28/2010 2:44:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2010 | Peter Brookes
    The Obama administration is urging the Senate to ratify the US-Russia Strate gic Arms Reduction Treaty -- but it won't release the negotiating record for "New START" to senators who've asked for it. Denying the Senate's requests raises all sorts of suspicions about the treaty, which would reduce the US strategic nuclear arsenal by about 30 percent and cut our missile silos, bombers and submarines by nearly 20 percent. Is there is something in the blow-by-blow transcript of the talks with the Russians that the White House doesn't want senators to see? Some fear the administration did some winking and...
  • Kagan sought secrecy in 4 of 5 open gov't cases

    06/22/2010 10:36:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    my way news ^ | 6/22/10 | By SHARON THEIMER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's arguments as solicitor general in several cases on government secrecy were at odds with a promise of transparency made by her boss and top client, President Barack Obama. In four of five cases she dealt with involving the Freedom of Information Act, Kagan argued in favor of secrecy, Justice Department documents show. In those four lawsuits, the Supreme Court took her side and let lower court rulings in the government's favor stand. The justices haven't yet said whether they will take the fifth case, in which Kagan argued against broadening an open...
  • Obama Administration Eclipsing Bush Administration in Secrecy?

    03/17/2010 7:54:17 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies · 245+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-17-10 | Wordsmith
    The shadow of the head of U.S. President Barack Obama falls upon a copy of the U.S. Constitution as he makes a speech on America's national security at the National Archives in Washington, May 21, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque "This is the most secretive administration I have ever covered." - Helen Thomas, 2006 And in post-Bush Obama nation? How is that sunlight before signing and transparency-thingie going? While there have been successes, there also have been some outrageous abuses of the public's right to know, perhaps most notably in the Department of Justice's refusal to disclose documents concerning the handling of...
  • Wouldn’t You Like to Know

    03/07/2010 2:28:23 PM PST · by safetysign · 4 replies · 59+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/15/2010 | Stephen F. Hayes
    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...
  • Plot thickens in the battle of 'The Plunge'

    02/11/2010 3:14:34 AM PST · by Scanian · 4 replies · 602+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 11, 2010 | John Crudele
    The Treasury Department has records of the secret meetings that its President's Working Group on Financial Markets held to discuss the troubled financial markets, after all. That doesn't mean Washington wants us to know what was discussed, or whether Wall Street executives were in the meetings. The working group was founded by President Reagan back in 1989, after the stock market nearly sustained its second big crash in two years. Placed under the Treasury's jurisdiction, it lay dormant for years. It has been nicknamed The Plunge Protection Team because many people -- including me -- believe that in recent years...
  • Fed Secrecy Claims Bogus, Redacted AIG Bailout Details Already Public

    01/22/2010 4:37:32 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 362+ views
    Naked Capitalism ^ | 01/22/10 | Thomas Adams, and Yves Smith
    Fed Secrecy Claims Bogus, Redacted AIG Bailout Details Already Public By Thomas Adams, an attorney and former monoline executive, and Yves Smith In September 2008, the Federal Reserve bailed out AIG, and ever since then, controversy has swirled around the motivation and terms of the bailout. A major part of the bailout funds went directly to three banks: Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and the French bank Société Générale (SocGen). These banks were holding CDS insurance from AIG on toxic assets, and the bailout saved them from the damage they would have suffered if AIG had gone bankrupt and that insurance...
  • Socialized Healthcare is closer to reality than you think

    01/09/2010 2:43:21 PM PST · by opentalk · 4 replies · 583+ views
    cfp ^ | January 9, 2010 | Otis A. Glazebrook, IV
    In an article for the Heritage Foundation entitled “Congress’s Secret Plan to pass Obamacare” authored by Brian Darling layout a four step plan for Obamacare to hitch a ride on an existing piece of Legislation which has originated in the House using a rare parliamentary procedure. Steps one and Two have been completed. Mr. Darling’s scenario for Step Three was to attach Obamacare to an unrelated bill - H.R 1586, a bill to impose a tax on bonuses received by certain TARP recipients. Mr. Reid has instead attached the bill to H.R. 3590, which is entitled: “An Act to amend...