The Lies End Now: "Most Transparent Administration Ever" Is No More: White House To Delete Its FOIA Regulations

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Back on October 28, 2009, then White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the following:

... understanding what this President has done is institute the very toughest ethics and transparency rules of any administration in history...  I think the President has returned to a stance of transparency and ethics that hasn't been matched by any other White House.


... the President believes strongly in transparency... that transparency in that way in the best policy


... understand that what the President campaigned on - toughening our ethics rules, making more transparent our transparency policy - was something that he was passionate about and is proud of the progress that we've made in ensuring that.

And here is the president himself: "We have put in place the toughest ethics and transparency laws of any administration in history."


Lies, lies, and nothing but lies. The lies end now.

As reported moments ago, the White House is voiding a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA  (incidentally the same act that discovered none of Hillary Clinton's "personal" government-business emails since they were not even stored on government property!) which as USA Today explains, makes "official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office."

And just like that the lie of Obama's transparency is over, and it couldn't come at a worse time for the democratic party, just as its top contender for the 2016 presidential race is struggling to emerge from a cover-up scandal which reeks of intentional hiding of classified documentation from the public (or worse). Going forward it will no longer be Hillary Clinton who will be mocked and ridiculed for her total impunity when it comes to public accountability and transparency, but the "most untransparent" president as well.

The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.

Actually, Obama really couldn't have picked worse timing because not only does it come hot on the heels of, but the announcement also is taking place on National Freedom of Information Day and during a national debate over the preservation of Obama administration records. It's also Sunshine Week, an effort by news organizations and watchdog groups to highlight issues of government transparency. Almost as if the president of the US is openly mocking the public, making it clear he is accountable to no one (except of course for a few mega corporations: see: The Best "Democracy" Money Can Buy: For Every Dollar Spent Influencing US Politics, Corporations Get $760 Back)

"The irony of this being Sunshine Week is not lost on me," said Anne Weismann of the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW.

"It is completely out of step with the president's supposed commitment to transparency," she said. "That is a critical office, especially if you want to know, for example, how the White House is dealing with e-mail."

But who wants to know that? Can't the peasants just pay attention to the rigged all time high in the Apple Sachs Non-industrial Average and just leave the troubled leader of the free world alone?

The irony here is that with this act, Obama is now becoming even less transparent than the loathed by the left Bush dynasty:

Unlike other offices within the White House, which were always exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, the Office of Administration responded to FOIA requests for 30 years. Until the Obama administration, watchdog groups on the left and the right used records from the office to shed light on how the White House works.


"This is an office that operated under the FOIA for 30 years, and when it became politically inconvenient, they decided they weren't subject to the Freedom of Information Act any more," said Tom Fitton of the conservative Judicial Watch.


That happened late in the Bush administration, when CREW sued over e-mails deleted by the White House — as many as 22 million of them, by one accounting. The White House at first began to comply with that request, but then reversed course.


"The government made an argument in an effort to throw everything and the kitchen sink into the lawsuit in order to stop the archiving of White House e-mails," said Tom Blanton, the director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, which has used similar requests to shed light on foreign policy decisions.

As USA Today further explains, the rule change means that there will no longer be a formal process for the public to request that the White House voluntarily disclose records as part of what's known as a "discretionary disclosure." Records released by the Office of Administration voluntarily include White House visitor logs and the recipe for beer brewed at the White House.

"You have a president who comes in and says, I'm committed to transparency and agencies should make discretionary disclosures whenever possible, but he's not applying that to his own White House," Weismann said.

Why wait until now? The White House did not explain why it waited nearly six years to formally acknowledge the court ruling in its regulations.

Because accountability, that's why. No really: "In the notice to be published Tuesday, the White House said it was not allowing a 30-day public comment period, and so the rule will be final."

Well, at least Obama has a sense of humor as he brings the country ever closer to the police state so well forecast by George Orwell: "It's a little tone deaf to do this on Sunshine Week, even if it's an administrative housecleaning," said Rick Blum, coordinator of the Sunshine in Government initiative for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press."

And the punchline: the notice that will be published in Tuesday's Federal Register, and in which the White House says it's removing regulations on how the Office of Administration complies with Freedom of Information Act Requests based on "well-settled legal interpretations" is hosted on a cloud server run... by Amazon.

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TrafficNotHere's picture

And so yet another nail in the coffin of the Republic

MsCreant's picture

The whole thing is nails. Doesn't something built like that fall apart? 

NoDebt's picture

""It's a little tone deaf to do this on Sunshine Week, even if it's an administrative housecleaning," said Rick Blum, coordinator of the Sunshine in Government initiative"

No, Rick, it's not tone deaf at all.  He's giving you (and by extension all of us) the middle finger right in the middle of your own little party.

This was done on purpose and with malice aforethought.  This is no oversight, no feat of tone-deafness.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Why? Because I can. What ya gonna do about it?" - Obama

The only purpose of power is to use (and abuse) it.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

So then, really, the lies are just beginning. You know, the real whoppers.

TeamDepends's picture

There's not a smidgen, aw fuck it....what're you gonna do indict us, overthrow us?

AlaricBalth's picture

We have allowed an unholy alliance of government - the new monarchy - and corporate influence - the new aristocracy - to take control of events in a way that would have made our Founders shudder.

Marianne Williamson

LetThemEatRand's picture

He's the most transparently fascist President, ever.

Bilderberg Member's picture

Oh but we had such high expectations for you Obama

suteibu's picture

We?  Really?  He's been about what I expected...maybe falling a little short, in fact.  But give him time - say two more years - and we'll all be completely fucked.

On a serious note, I wonder if he believes that he will not survive this adventure and is just going full-blown "don't give a shit."

lakecity55's picture

History shows people with his psychological makeup eventually go whacky and try to Take Over Everything.

He has so much in common with history's famous tyrants and dictators it's kinda obvious.

As I have posited before, his owners needed someone steeped in revolutionary theory, unacculturated to America, with his racism being an extra plus.

Look at the photo they use for this story. You can see the Hate pouring from him.

Two more years. Can he destroy the US in that amount of time?

Assuming he seizes more Power, I would have to say "yes."

boattrash's picture

I'm sure glad all of us "little people" studied up on their "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" ...they may come in handy someday soon.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Practice such techniques by irrigating your nasal passages with a nice saline solution. Keeps the colds and allergies at bay.

Extra credit if you can do it hanging upside-down.

zhandax's picture

ANM, if you already do gravity inversion, you should know that it alone, along with a serious daily dose of vitamin C will keep colds, flu, and all but the most severe allergy attacks at bay.

That aside, what I really popped in to say was that if that pathetic fuck could sing, I could almost get a Sammy Davis Jr vibe from the video.

TruxtonSpangler's picture

Makes nothing but sense. Up is down, left is right, right is wrong.

Teamtc321's picture

Just what all the Leftist Technocrat pieces of shit want......

HOPE! HOPE and CHANGE !!!!!!!!!!

lakecity55's picture

"How about this uniform, Reggie?"
"The pink color is a little too hot. I think the soft powder-blue uniform shows off all your medals. How did you get so many?"
"They come with the uniform, no extra charge. I think this one needs more gold braid."

max2205's picture

Going down as the biggest liar in history.

And the media is OK with that....Barry the movie should be entertaining, hope Stone or Tarintino writes it.


suteibu's picture

"Going down as the biggest liar in history."

You are assuming someone will come along and right this ship after he leaves (if he leaves).  He's already written himself in history books as being the American Nobel Peas Prize winning messiah.  If nothing changes soon, he will be beatified within the decade.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Indeed. Do not tempt fate. The bodies are not piled high enough.....yet.

TeamDepends's picture

Seasons don't fear the reaper
Nor do the wind, the sun, or Cheney

cherry picker's picture

It would be funny as hell if Airforce 1 landed in some country and the locals arrested Obama and put him in jail waiting for his trial and no one would go over there to get his ass out.

Augustus's picture

That really sums up the problem of a nation of lawyers.  Particularly a nation ren by a government of lawyers.


The answer to everything is "So, Sue me."


Five years and 500,000 later we can have another appeal.


The whole lot of them have adopted the Lois Lerner tactic.  Just draw a salary and pension while they run out the clock.

MarketAnarchist's picture

I love how it says "makes it official".   Im sure when the FOIA was passed that policy was "made official" too.   Turns out 'official' is just a euphemism for "government can do whatever the fuck it wants at any time, for any reason, and if you don't like it we will fine/imprison/kill you and oh, by the way, you have to foot the bill too".

spinone's picture

The citizens of this country are being beaten by the hammer of corporate power against the anvil of an oppressive federal government.  We will either collectively decide to change things or be smashed to pieces.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Well, the obvious answer to that dilemma is to purchase more Green Tip M855. Then, purchase some more.

spiral galaxy's picture

The sad thing is that just a small fraction of the populace is even aware that they're being beaten and bloodied!!! As long as they can stuff their face and be entertained by the inane they don't f-ing care!!  The subtext to all this is a media that is complicit and is more enamored with celebrity and their follies.  Truly amazing!

TeamDepends's picture

I did not have sex with that "woman".
-Barack Hussein Obongodinga

knukles's picture

All depends on what the meaning of "woman" is

stant's picture

A black swan bitchez. The color of is skin got him in. That was the scam , Teflon., untouchable.

fockewulf190's picture

Forget the swans, we have flocks of vultures circling over the White House.  The lawyers are scared shitless because thousands of emails from the IRS scandal have been found, Clinton´s shit is also totally in the wind, and there are leakers around every corner.  He must literally be one email revelation away from impeachment

TheReplacement's picture

Just read this story in USA Today (from a link).  The story notes that the Bush Admin deleted an estimated 22M emails.  As I see it, this is Obama being more transparent than Bush, as in transparently not transparent. 

Quinvarius's picture

The Obam admin is too lazty to hit delete.  They just want a new law that says you can't see the mail.

km4's picture

Hope and change is now dead for good 

fockewulf190's picture

Dude, thats been dead a long time ago.

chilli sauce's picture
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Condition 1SQ's picture

According to the article, FOIA doesn't apply to the White House, anyway (according to the Supreme Court), so it's a moot point.  Move along ..

Normalcy Bias's picture

Damn. Until now, I thought he was honest.

I'm so disappointed!

knukles's picture

I'll never vote for him for President again.  That'll show him.  Lost my vote, he did.  Serves him right.  Hah!

NoDebt's picture

His third term won't require your vote.