I could write separate books on the obsessive secrecy and reluctance to reveal even the most trivial information shown by the British Government and the bureaucratic dictatorship that rules the European Union, but hey, there is an important election this year in the USA and while I would never dream of telling US voters who they should vote for (vote for whomsoever you like, except Hillary Clinton, even if we overlook her Servergate scandal, she's a crook and a liar).
With that in mind I find myself wondering what happened to Obama's promisemade in 2008 to head the most transparent administration ever?
The US Freedom of Information Act, like its British equivalent, requires a response within 20 business days, but government departments easily sidestep that deadline by replying with a non committal acknowledgement.It's what bureaucrats do, when dealing with government departments in my role as a business consultant I would lay out my problem, followed by my suggested solution and conclude by saying if I had not received their reply within seven working days I would assumed they agreed with what I was proposing and go ahead.
It did not make me Mr. Popular, but it got things done.
Justin Elliott, a jounalist for Pro Publica should get in touch with me for some free tips on dealing wiyh bureaucracy. He complains of withing eight months for a reply to a query on the Sany Hook investigation. Even after that delay, Justim wrote, it did not include any documents from FEMA.
In conclusion he comments: "Finally, this Feb. 10 — 492 business days past the law’s 20-day deadline — I got a curious phone call from FEMA. The agency was starting a “clean search” for the documents I asked for, because the original search “was not done properly.”
The ability to get information from the government is as essential as the right to free speech and expression in holding the people in power accountable.
President Obama (or his autocue) waxed poetic about FOIA on his first full day in office in 2009, issuing a statement calling it “the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open Government.” He promised that his would be “the most transparent administration in history.”
But Obama hasn’t delivered. In fact, Freedom Of Information has been a disaster under his watch. Americans have never lived under a truly left wing before and so have never experienced the self righteousness and authoritarianism of those who just know their way is the ONLY way.
Newly published documents (made public only through a FOIA lawsuit) reveal the Obama administration aggressively lobbying against reforms proposed in Congress. Associated Press found last year that the administration had set a record for censoring or denying access to information requested under FOIA, and that the backlog of unanswered requests across the government had risen by 55 percent, to more than 200,000.
Why is the law failing so badly after all the promises about transparency? Incompetence and politically correct hiring policies that judge a person on the colour of their skin or their sexual preferences rather than the quality of their character account for a lot of the problems. And then as I warned in 2008 and again in 2012, Bracak Obama is not and never was a 'liberal'. He is a cheap little shyster lawyer whose ambition far exceeded his ability, but during his wild adventures in Chicago bathouses he must have collected a lot of dirt on very important people.
Having propelled himself to political prominence without any kind of track record, thus showing himself to be extremely flexible in matters of ethics and morality, he was quickly befriended by some very nasty neo fascists and foreign tyrants whose links with US government Washington would rather not reveal.And that is why the Obama administration has been the most opaque since World War Two.
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