The Obama DOJ is being asked to dismiss a challenge to the 2008 FISA amendments, which were supported by Obama despite his threat to filibuster the bill, on standing grounds. There’s a great FARK headline for this: “The GOP’s conundrum: Created by Bush, so it’s good. Wait, it’s supported by Obama, so it’s bad. Crap, …
Category Archive: Transparency
Feb 29 2012
Feb 10 2012
When President Obama took office, he immediately promised to have the most transparent administration in history. In many important ways, he has betrayed that promise. But in one area — spending — the stimulus bill he pushed through could have a long-term effect of vastly increased transparency and accountability. Ryan Holywell explains why:
Dec 21 2011
I had a brief but absurd exchange with someone on my Facebook friends list on Saturday. His name is Mike Jordan, but I don’t know him; I assumed he was on my friends list because he’s a blog reader. And he quoted George Clooney saying something about how he was disappointed in people who were …
Nov 28 2011
A federal judge has sanctioned the FBI for lying to the court in a FOIA lawsuit. The agency had claimed that they didn’t have any more documents that were germane to the request, but then they were forced to turn over more documents to the judge in camera. And the judge didn’t take very kindly …
Nov 22 2011
On the very first day of his administration, President Obama promised the country that he would be the most transparent administration ever and issued an executive order telling all federal agencies to be more responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests and to treat maximum transparency as the default answer. All of that has turned …
Nov 01 2011
In yet another disproof of Obama’s claim to have the most transparent administration in American history, the commission formed to expose fraud and waste in contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan has classified its findings for the next twenty years.
Oct 14 2011
This is absolutely bizarre. The Department of Homeland Security says it is an invasion of privacy to publish the office phone numbers of their public information officers — you know, the people they designate to answer questions for the public and the press.