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  • Justice unseals indictment charging five in Brian Terry's death

    07/09/2012 11:05:11 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 09, 2012 | William La Jeunesse
    For the first time, federal officials revealed Monday that murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an elite squad of federal agents first fired bean bags -- not bullets -- at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011. The announcement came as the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Terry's death. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident. The U.S. is also offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four outstanding suspects believed to...
  • Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious

    07/05/2012 11:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | July 3, 2012 | Senator Grassley
    Article For Immediate Release July 3, 2012 Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious ATF agent describes discussion of operation one day before Justice Department denial WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today asked Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for information about who at the Department of Justice (DOJ) saw a memo from a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) who was stationed at the Phoenix field division and was knowledgeable about Operation Fast and Furious.  This memo was produced the day before the Department of Justice...
  • Top secret: $80B a year for food stamps, but feds wont reveal whats purchased

    06/25/2012 11:03:52 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 75 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 24,2012 | Luke Rosiak
    Americans spend $80 billion each year financing food stamps for the poor, but the country has no idea where or how the money is spent. Food stamps can be spent on goods ranging from candy to steak and are accepted at retailers from gas stations that primarily sell potato chips to fried-chicken restaurants. And as the amount spent on food stamps has more than doubled in recent years, the amount of food stamps laundered into cash has increased dramatically, government statistics show. As a result, fraud is hard to track and the efficacy of the massive program is impossible to...
  • GMOs should be safety tested before they hit the market says AMA

    06/25/2012 6:37:25 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 19, 2012 | Monica Eng
    The American Medical Association called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods as part of a revised policy voted on at the AMA's meeting in Chicago Tuesday. Currently biotech companies are simply encouraged to engage in a voluntary safety consultation with the Food and Drug Administration before releasing a product onto the market. Some activists concerned about foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, had hoped the association would have gone so far as to support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. But some still view the policy change as a major breakthrough....On Tuesday, however, Monsanto spokesman...
  • WashTimes: Sen. Grassley: Assertion of Executive Privilege Raises Monumental Questions

    06/20/2012 8:48:35 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 74 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-20-2012 | Bryan Preston
    June 20, 2012WashTimes: Sen. Grassley: Assertion of Executive Privilege Raises Monumental Questions Bryan Preston..... The assertion of executive privilege raises monumental questions, said Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee who first began the Fast and Furious investigation. How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the president exert executive privilege over documents hes supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme? The contempt citation is an important procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances, he said. ..........
  • Obama grants Holder request on 'Furious' documents as contempt vote looms

    06/20/2012 7:26:03 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 6-20-2012 | FOXnews
    DEVELOPING ... President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway.
  • Transparent Incompetence (Oliver North rips Obama)

    06/14/2012 5:19:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 15, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON Senior members of Congress both Republicans and Democrats are reacting with shock and awe at the tsunami of national security leaks emanating from the Obama administration. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel that the unauthorized disclosures of classified information are "the most egregious breach of national security" he ever has seen. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, told reporters this week, "The accelerating pace of such disclosures, the sensitivity of the matters in question and...
  • Talks collapse on access to EU documents

    06/13/2012 3:59:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 13.06.12 @ 16:17 (June 13) | Andrew Rettman
    The Danish presidency has abandoned attempts to agree to new rules on access to EU documents. It took the decision on Tuesday (12 June) after EU countries and the European Commission last week rejected its latest draft of the law. It still wants MEPs to back a commission proposal to extend existing rules on freedom of information to all EU institutionsincluding its 31 agencieshowever. The existing rules go back to 2001. Pro-transparency advocates say they allow too much secrecy. EU officials say they waste time by ambiguity on what is open or not. A big sticking point in the draft...
  • More Obama Press Censorship? US Weekly Disappears Article on Sasha Obama Birthday Party

    06/09/2012 12:21:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 89 replies
    Saturday, June 9, 2012 | Kristinn Taylor
    US Weekly is the latest media outlet to withdraw an article about the Obamas. Friday evening, the celebrity gossip magazine posted an article online entitled Sasha Obama Hosts 11th Birthday Party at Red Robin.The article has since been pulled, but the URL with the title remains in Google search: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/sasha-obama-hosts-11th-birthday-party-at-red-robin-201286. Clicking through gives this message from US: "OOPS! The page youre looking for isnt here. But dont give up!", followed by instructions to use their search engine.The text of the pulled article read:Sasha Obama is excited about turning 11 -- so much so that the First Daughter celebrated the occasion...
  • Romney campaign says Republicans private email possibly hacked, authorities investigating

    06/05/2012 7:13:27 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 5 | AP
    ASHINGTON Authorities are investigating whether Mitt Romneys private email account was hacked. On Tuesday, the website Gawker reported that an anonymous hacker had signed into Romneys personal Hotmail account. Gawker reported that the hacker guessed the answer to a security question about Romneys favorite pet in order to gain access to the account and change the password. The anonymous hacker told the website that Romneys account on DropBox, a file sharing service, also was compromised.
  • The Composite President

    05/21/2012 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | 21 May 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When analyzing Barack Obamas electoral success a few years back, I pointed out that there was more than white guilt at work. He was, quite frankly, what every good little liberal had always been looking for. Sure, he was black, using that old bigoted one-drop standard, which, curiously, has been embraced by modern black activists. But more specifically he was half black, with Kenyan pedigree, half white and bore an exotic name. He was mentored by a Marxist, mothered by an atheist (when Momma Dunham was actually around), lived in Indonesia and Hawaii, had Muslim influence and black-church conscience. An...
  • How Transparency Laws Hold Government Accountable

    05/18/2012 9:54:59 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/14/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    A Republican state representative recently asked how a private, non-profit organization funds its operations and questioned the group's credentials because it chooses not to make public the names of those who contribute to it. The group, Sunshine Review, which maintains a website that rates the transparency of state and local governments, was invited to testify at a committee hearing in which Rep. Bradford Jacobsen, R-Oxford, is a member. During the hearing Rep. Jacobsen challenged the editor of the group's website, saying Sunshine Review should share the names of its contributors. However, doing so would infringe on the rights of private...
  • Politician 'Ambushes' Transparency Reform Group, Gets 'Counter-Ambushed'

    05/17/2012 12:03:51 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/11/2012 | Jack McHugh
    Politicians using a public hearing to ambush a political foe is hardly rare, but eyebrows were raised a couple weeks ago when Republican State Rep. Bradford Jacobsen from Oxford attacked an organization called Sunshine Review, whose radical mission is to increase government transparency. The group had been invited to testify at a hearing of the House Oversight, Reform and Ethics Committee, of which Rep. Jacobsen is a member. Sunshine Review's advice was sought because it maintains a website that rates the overall transparency of state and local governments, and posts information about state budgets, the salaries of politicians and other...
  • Obama's Literary Agent in 1991 Booklet: 'Born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii'

    05/17/2012 10:58:09 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 899 replies
    Breitbart News has obtained a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama's then-literary agency, Acton & Dystel, which touts Obama as "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."
  • The question of President Obama's draft card: Has evidence been destroyed?

    05/08/2012 9:53:18 AM PDT · by Smokeyblue · 67 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 07, 2012 | Alan Jones
    Changes in the wording of Selective Service System record-keeping requirements, made days after the opening of an investigation into the alleged forgery of President Barack Obamas selective service registration form, raise serious questions about U.S. Government intentions. The new rules allow existing copies of documents that may be sought by investigators to be destroyed. The Selective Service Systems new privacy rules were published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, four days after the September 16 announcement by World Net Daily that the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriffs Office Cold Case Posse was opening an inquiry with full subpoena...
  • Romney's Taxes

    04/23/2012 5:40:43 PM PDT · by agee · 11 replies
    Founding Ideals ^ | 04/23/2012 | Aaron Gee & Steve Graff
    Has Andrew Breitbart won? The failure to properly vet the president was a rallying cry of Breitbart shortly before his death. On Saturday the ber liberal New York Times promised to vet President Obama this election cycle. The Grey Lady, who in prior award winning journalistic fashion reported glowingly on 1930s progressive icon Joseph Stalin, admitted to not doing its job during the last election. From the Times Publi...
  • Obama Administration Discontinues Transparency Tool

    04/17/2012 10:37:29 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 1 replies
    The Foundry/Heritage Foundation ^ | April 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Patrick Tyrrell
    Since 1993, the Census Bureau has made available detailed data about federal government expenditures in its Consolidated Federal Funds Report (CFFR). The 2012 report will be the last one. Through the CFFR website, the public had access to such data as federal expenditures made at the county level for programs such as Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare as well as for more obscure federal spending programs. How much did the federal government send to Autauga County in Alabama for a hazardous materials training program? That data was available, but now it is concealed. The CFFR states: The U.S. Census Bureau...
  • Washington Post: We Tried To Bury That Story About ObamaCare Blowing Up The Deficit

    04/16/2012 8:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 16, 2012 | Sean Higgins
    Washington Post columnist Patrick Pexton made a rather startling admission in the papers Sunday edition: The Post never meant for their recent story about how President Obamas health care law expands the budget deficit to become a viral Internet sensation. In fact, they deliberately tried to bury the story. ... The story in question was titled Health care law will add $340 billion to deficit, new study finds. It pointed out that the administration had double-counted Medicare savings in the law and once you adjusted for that it added to the deficit rather than reducing it, as the White House...
  • The Download: Coalition aims to standardize big data

    04/16/2012 3:41:08 PM PDT · by Jadge · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 16, 2012 | Steven Overly
    A small but growing collection of companies has formed a coalition that will push the federal government to establish a standard system by which agencies categorize their data. Todays official opening of the District-based Data Transparency Coalition rides on the heels of the Obama administrations announcement last month that six agencies will commit $200 million to projects that help them better analyze their information. Our members understand that if the government identified its data elements in consistent ways, there would be vast new opportunities for the tools that they are building, Executive Director Hudson Hollister said. Multiple methods of classifying...
  • FlashBack to 2008 Campaign : Obama records requests prove fruitless

    04/15/2012 2:07:00 PM PDT · by KSanders · 10 replies
    politico.com ^ | 11/11/07 | Mike Allen
    Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) dodged questions Sunday about releasing papers from his eight years as an Illinois state senator, and his campaign has not answered records requests from the states two largest newspapers. Obamas campaign has prodded Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) to make available additional records of her communications during her husbands presidency. [cut] But two Chicago newspapers have said the Obama campaign has not responded to their requests for comparable papers from his career. On NBCs Meet the Press on Sunday, moderator Tim Russert asked Obama about the papers from his state legislative days, from 1997 to 2004.
  • CA GOP decries Legislature passing 'shell' bills

    03/27/2012 1:26:47 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 9 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 22 March 2012 | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.Republican state lawmakers stood in united but futile opposition Thursday to the practice of approving empty bills that contain no real legislation but will be amended later to include budget legislation. Democrats, who control both houses, each approved several so-called "shell" billsthe Senate 40 of them, and the Assembly 38. The bills contain no actual budget details but will be amended later to include specific language needed to enact the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Passing the bills now makes it quicker and easier to approve a state spending plan before the constitutional deadline in...
  • New Document Dump Means More Backpedaling for AG Holder

    03/23/2012 1:03:36 PM PDT · by next media · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Excerpted Blog USBC News Blog ^ | 2012-03-23 | Blogger on The USBC Wire Blog
    At a March 2011 Congressional hearing, Mr. Holder stated that he had only heard of Fast & Furious a few weeks prior. He had to amend that later to a couple of months when further documents indicated that he indeed was informed of the project during that earlier time period. More revelations were dismissed by the Attorney General on the basis that he hadn't read the e-mails that were sent to him. E-mails examined last Friday show that on the day Border Agent Brian Terry was killed by criminals using Fast & Furious weapons in December 2010, messages were sent...
  • White House Admits Asking Media to Scrub Reports of Malia Obama's Mexican Vacation

    03/20/2012 7:37:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 182 replies · 2+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 20, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    After it was reported Monday that Malia Obama was going to Mexico for spring break with 25 Secret Service agents, people began to notice that such reports were being scrubbed from the Internet. Politico's Dylan Byers reported Tuesday this was done at the request of the White House: The AFP page for the story now links to a story titled "Senegal music star Youssou Ndour hits campaign trail," as does the Yahoo page. The Huffington Post page now links directly back to the Huffington Post homepage. The Daily Mail, Telegraph, and Australian stories now lead to 404 error pages,...
  • The Importance of 'Sunshine Week'

    03/16/2012 2:04:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/16/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    In just the past few months, Michigan Capitol Confidential has broken a plethora of stories showing the need for government scrutiny. *The SEIU has taken with the help of some Michigan government officials nearly $30 million in union dues from self-employed home health care aides and their disabled clients. *Hardly any tenured public school teachers in Michigan are ever removed from their jobs even when guilty of criminal activity. *State government in Michigan has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to special tax favors and corporate welfare subsidies for green jobs that never materialize. *Many of Michigans public servants...
  • The Importance of 'Sunshine Week'

    03/15/2012 1:54:47 PM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/15/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    In just the past few months, Michigan Capitol Confidential has broken a plethora of stories showing the need for government scrutiny. * The SEIU has taken with the help of some Michigan government officials nearly $30 million in union dues from self-employed home health care aides and their disabled clients. * Hardly any tenured public school teachers in Michigan are ever removed from their jobs even when guilty of criminal activity. * State government in Michigan has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to special tax favors and corporate welfare subsidies for green jobs that never materialize. * Many...
  • "Abolish the White Race - By Any Means Necessary"

    03/11/2012 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-11-12 | DrJohn
    Or, why Soledad O'Brien is so desperate to quash this story Not long before he passed away, Andrew Breitbart promised a proper vetting of Barack Obama. It began with the publication of the "The Love Song of Saul Alinsky" post at Breitbart.com. Obama was among several left wing radical panelists to speak following the 1998 play. It seems that a video of the discussion exists but the director of the play has declared There is only one archive tape of the play and I have it, Dickler informed our source. It is not in Chicago. Dickler told our source that...
  • Breitbart will release full video of Obama tonight on Hannity at 9pm.

    03/07/2012 11:17:16 AM PST · by jdokey · 337 replies
    Obama tapes will be released tonight on Hannity tonight. Click on link for more info.
  • The Vetting: Obama Embraces Racialist Harvard Prof Obama [tapes on #Hannity tonight]

    03/07/2012 2:44:44 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/7/12 | Staff
    Breaking footage shows a young Barack Obama leading a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Prof. Derrick Bell, a radical academic tied to Jeremiah Wright. We will be releasing significant information in the coming hours.
  • Obama Ally Won't Release Alinsky Tape

    03/05/2012 8:01:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/5/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Sources inform Breitbart.com today that Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of The Love Song of Saul Alinsky in Chicago that included a panel discussion featuring then-State Sen. Barack Obama, has a video tape of the play. And she wont release it. There is only one archive tape of the play and I have it, Dickler informed our source. It is not in Chicago. Dickler told our source that she doesnt believe shes ever watched the tape, and she doesnt know if it can be viewed. But she added: No one is going to see the tape.
  • Biden Attending Government Transparency Meeting . . . Behind Closed Doors

    03/05/2012 9:34:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 4/6/12 | zip
    The irony Im positive is lost on Joltin Joe. Via Politico: Spot the irony in Vice President Bidens schedule today, from the White Houses daily guidance: At 1:00 PM, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. At 2:30 PM, the Vice President will meet with representatives of the National Sheriffs Association in the Roosevelt Room. These meetings are closed press.
  • Obama's transparency stumbles (Vetting Hussein?)

    03/05/2012 2:29:15 AM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/05/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    Obama's transparency stumblesBy JOSH GERSTEIN | 3/5/12 4:52 AM EST President Barack Obama set a high bar for open government, and he set it quickly. **SNIP** Administration lawyers are aggressively fighting FOIA requests at the agency level and in court sometimes on Obamas direct orders. Theyve also wielded anti-transparency arguments even bolder than those asserted by the Bush administration. The administration has embarked on an unprecedented wave of prosecutions of whistleblowers and alleged leakers an effort many journalists believe is aimed at blocking national security-related stories. There just seems to be a disconnect here. You want...
  • Privacy concerns stall release of WI recall signatures

    01/31/2012 8:06:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 1-29-12 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON Whats in a million names? Wisconsin and the world were supposed to find out Monday. Now, the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, which oversees state elections and campaigns, is reportedly holding off posting the reported 1 million signatures on petitions seeking to recall Gov. Scott Walker due to privacy concerns. GAB spokesman Reid Magney told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday evening the board was holding off on posting the names online after hearing concerns about a stalking victim and others who did not want their names released. Earlier in the day, Magney told Wisconsin Reporter that the...
  • The Ethics of Audacity

    01/19/2012 11:14:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2012 | Reince Priebus
    He promised there wouldnt be lobbyists. Not a one. But less than a week into Barack Obamas presidency (a week!), the White House had hired at least a dozen of them. They granted exceptions for some, and for others they exploited loopholes in the administrations own self-written, self-imposed rules. Anyone taken by surprise by the more recent White House scandalsSolyndra, Operation Fast and Furious, the downfall of Obamas Wall Street Guy Jon Corzinereally shouldnt have been surprised at all. That early ethical backpedalling was excellent, if not unfortunate, foreshadowing of what was to come. Over the last three years, Barack...
  • White House leaves press pool behind again (supposedly went to daughter's BB game)

    01/15/2012 2:37:56 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | January 14 | BYRON TAU & DONOVAN SLACK
    President Obama again left the White House without some of the reporters assigned to travel everywhere with him. The White House abruptly changed the call time for media to assemble to 8:15 AM this morning, and informed them of this change at 8:16 AM. As a result, Obama left the White House without a handful of the journalists assigned to write dispatches and reports to other reporters. The president traditionally travels with members of the White House press corps at all times.
  • Did you miss the Thanksgiving White House visitor log document dump?

    11/28/2011 11:35:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/28/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Just like clockwork, the Obama administration never misses an opportunity to unload thousands of records it hopes no one will ever bother sifting through during the holidays. On Black Friday, the White House released more visitor log info trumpeting disclosures it has fought tooth and nail. Ive started looking through the data. And you can, too, right here:
  • Justice accused of withholding records on Kagan's role in healthcare defense

    The Justice Department withheld records about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagans role in healthcare reform, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said Tuesday. Smith pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to provide documents and witnesses about Kagans time as solicitor general and her role in preparing to defend President Obamas healthcare reform law in court. Republicans have clamored for Kagan to recuse herself when the Supreme Court takes up a case challenging the law. Smith said in a letter to Holder that the Justice Department has refused to comply with his requests for documents and interviews about Kagans involvement. But...
  • Majority Whip McCarthy Develops App for House Floor ("WhipCast")

    11/17/2011 5:29:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 17, 2011 | Erin McPike
    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy unveiled a new application for mobile devices this week designed to make the congressional process more transparent to the average American. By downloading WhipCast to a handheld device or tablet, users can get the text of bills headed to the House floor and view the schedule of votes and debate. Evidently, people want this kind of detail: McCarthys office announced Wednesday that within the first day of its availability, 23,000 people had downloaded WhipCast....
  • VP's closed-door transparency chat

    11/17/2011 8:12:13 AM PST · by jakerobins · 4 replies
    Spot the irony in Vice President Bidens schedule today, from the White Houses daily guidance: At 1:00 PM, the Vice President will attend a meeting of the Government Accountability and Transparency Board in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. At 2:30 PM, the Vice President will meet with representatives of the National Sheriffs' Association in the Roosevelt Room. These meetings are closed press.
  • Obama intelligence panel identified after suit

    11/11/2011 3:57:25 PM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/11 | Josh Gerstein
    A federal lawsuit appears to have pried from the Obama administration the names of the members of a presidentially-appointed panel that handles reports of illegal and improper spying by the intelligence community. The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it asked for records on the make-up of the Intelligence Oversight Board in February, after a reporter's query for the information was rejected. The online civil liberties group sued in September after getting no response to its request. EFF says it got an answer to its FOIA a week after filing suit. The names on the Intelligence Oversight Board are no surprise: the...
  • Misleading and Lying Toward a More Open Government

    11/10/2011 12:35:02 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 2 replies
    Citizen Media Law Project ^ | 11-10-11 | Justin Silverman
    The President promised the country transparency and open government, so rather than just let FOIA requesters assume they are being lied to, the DOJ recently proposed coming clean and making such lies official policy. Freedom of information advocates could rejoice knowing that their government is transparent about not being transparent. Here's how it's supposed to work: The Freedom of Information Act allows access to records of all departments, agencies, and offices of the Executive Branch of the federal government, including the Executive Office of the President, unless those records fall under one of several exemptions. When asked to produce certain...
  • Lack Of Transparency

    08/18/2011 4:33:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials | August 18, 2011 | Staff
    Accountability: After a long legal battle, a federal judge has ruled that White House visitor logs are public and can be released under the Freedom of Information Act. So much for the White House's vaunted claim to openness. It took the lawyers of Judicial Watch almost two years to pry open White House records on the matter of who visited the president and his advisers in the first seven months of Obama's administration. That information was solemnly promised to voters by candidate Obama in his 2008 campaign as a means of distinguishing his governing style from the supposedly ominous, secretive...
  • Obamas Chicago-style politics conceal Solyndragate

    11/09/2011 6:12:12 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 5 replies
    Badger Herald ^ | 11-8-11 | Vincent Borkowski
    What is bothering is the fact that this story may go a bit deeper. Not only did Obama decide to ignore the Republicans who were entirely correct (that part is not new), but he also decided to ignore the experts in finances inside his own party and those nonpartisan ones hired to investigate Department of Energy spending. Despite criticism on both sides of the aisle, he still wastes more than half a billion dollars. What would cause him to make such an expensive and ill-advised move? Was it an intoxicated Biden calling him a softie? The answer is that one...
  • The decadence of 'dark pool' markets

    11/09/2011 4:49:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    China Daily ^ | 11/07/11 | Daryl Guppy
    The decadence of 'dark pool' markets Updated: 2011-11-07 07:49 By Daryl Guppy (China Daily) The collapse of MF Global Holdings again highlights the perils of derivative leverage in a loosely regulated market. It shows the need for genuine transparency in financial markets. The decadence of 'dark pool' markets MF Global had $1.4 billion in equity which it used to run up $44.4 billion in liabilities largely in trading European debt. The collapse of MF Global also dragged down its other trading operations, hitting individual investors and traders who found their accounts frozen and positions liquidated at unfavorable prices. MF Global...
  • File Not Found

    11/02/2011 9:19:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2011 | Jacob Sullum
    When he took office, Barack Obama promised "an unprecedented level of openness in government." As a major part of that commitment, he pledged fidelity to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which he called "the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open government." It is hard to reconcile these lofty memos with the Justice Department's proposed rule instructing federal agencies to falsely deny the existence of records sought under FOIA. But at least the Obama administration is open about its desire to mislead us. Enacted in 1966, FOIA "encourages accountability through transparency," as Obama put...
  • Most Transparent Administration Ever Wants Cover Up Law

    10/27/2011 8:32:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • Secret Government Workshop on Transparency Exposed (Barfus Maximus)

    10/23/2011 10:13:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 10/23/11 | Tom Fitton
    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...
  • SEIU joins Occupy LA in downtown march (In support of Obama's jobs act)

    10/19/2011 8:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1+ views
    KABC-TV ^ | October 19, 2011 | Elex Michaelson
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Occupy LA movement grew by the thousands Wednesday as unionized workers, caregivers and their patients joined the call for an end to corporate greed and Congress to put Americans back to work. The demonstrators held large signs, chanted loudly and blew whistles as they marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to the steps of City Hall. Organized by the Service Employees International Union, the demonstration was in support of President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act....
  • Emails directly link White House to secret transparency meeting

    10/18/2011 3:02:18 PM PDT · by martosko · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/2011 | Jordan Bloom
    Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by government watchdog group Judicial Watch suggest that the White House had direct involvement in shutting a transparency hearing to the press. Please dont have them reach out to any reporters before I clear [with White House] press, wrote White House Deputy Associate Counsel Blake Roberts to the Office of Information Policy (OIP), about what should have been a fairly noncontroversial training session. The workshop was conducted by the OIP for Department of Justice employees on FOIA compliance procedures.
  • Emails directly link White House to secret transparency meeting

    10/18/2011 12:37:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/11 | Jordan Bloom
    Act (FOIA) request by government watchdog group Judicial Watch suggest that the White House had direct involvement in shutting a transparency hearing to the press. Please dont have them reach out to any reporters before I clear [with White House] press, wrote White House Deputy Associate Counsel Blake Roberts to the Office of Information Policy (OIP), about what should have been a fairly noncontroversial training session. The workshop was conducted by the OIP for Department of Justice employees on FOIA compliance procedures. Another email, from DOJ Press Release Deputy Director Gina Talamona to the OIP and the attorney generals office,...
  • Shameless: Obama Finding New Ways to Shatter Transparency Pledge

    10/17/2011 10:06:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2011 | Guy Benson
    We unmasked one shameless fraud earlier, so why not keep it rolling by highlighting another?  Let's revisit the "change" millions of Americans were hoodwinked by in 2008 and early 2009: Obama: Transparency Will Be Touchstone "The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable.  The way to make government accountable is to make it transparent, so the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made, how they're being well made, and whether their interests are being well served...For a long time now, there's been too much secrecy in this city.  The old rules said that if...