Obama Administration Sets New Record For Censoring & Denying-Access-To Government Documents

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

War is Peace 
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
Censorship is Transparency 

Many of you will have heard about how the White House recently celebrated National Freedom of Information Day by removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act. While interesting, it turns out that was merely a sideshow to the real news; that fiscal 2014 marked a record year for government censorship of documents that are supposed to be available on request.

Specifically, data released Tuesday showed that the U.S. government responded to 647,142 requests, a 4% decrease over the previous year, and that the backlog of unanswered requests at year’s end surged by 55% to more than 200,00.

More from the AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration set a new record again for more often than ever censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

 

The government took longer to turn over files when it provided any, said more regularly that it couldn’t find documents, and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy.

 

It also acknowledged in nearly 1 in 3 cases that its initial decisions to withhold or censor records were improper under the law — but only when it was challenged.

Can’t make this stuff up.

Its backlog of unanswered requests at year’s end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000. It also cut by 375, or about 9 percent, the number of full-time employees across government paid to look for records. That was the fewest number of employees working on the issue in five years.

 

The government responded to 647,142 requests, a 4 percent decrease over the previous year. It more than ever censored materials it turned over or fully denied access to them, in 250,581 cases or 39 percent of all requests. Sometimes, the government censored only a few words or an employee’s phone number, but other times it completely marked out nearly every paragraph on pages.

 

The government’s responsiveness under the open records law is an important measure of its transparency. Under the law, citizens and foreigners can compel the government to turn over copies of federal records for zero or little cost. Anyone who seeks information through the law is generally supposed to get it unless disclosure would hurt national security, violate personal privacy or expose business secrets or confidential decision-making in certain areas. It cited such exceptions a record 554,969 times last year.

Well in the UK, we know that protecting powerful pedophiles is considered a matter of “national security,” so who knows what this term even means anymore.

Additionally, isn’t it cute that the U.S. government is so concerned with public officials’ personal privacy, yet shows no concern about the privacy of the citizenry?

“What we discovered reaffirmed what we have seen all too frequently in recent years,” Pruitt wrote in a column published this week. “The systems created to give citizens information about their government are badly broken and getting worse all the time.”

 

The AP earlier this month sued the State Department under the law to force the release of email correspondence and government documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state. The government had failed to turn over the files under repeated requests, including one made five years ago and others pending since the summer of 2013.

 

Under the law, the U.S. is required to move urgent requests from journalists to the front of the line for a speedy answer if records will inform the public concerning an actual or alleged government activity. But the government now routinely denies such requests: Over six years, the number of requests granted speedy processing status fell from nearly half to fewer than 1 in 8.

 

The CIA, at the center of so many headlines, has denied every such request the last two years.

Least. Transparent. Ever.

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For related articles, see:

Least Transparent Ever – Obama Administration Fighting to Prevent Release of C.I.A. Torture Report

Meet OIRA – The Secretive White House Office with Disturbing Regulatory Powers

“It’s National Security”…Government Transparency Hits Record Low in 2012 Under Obama

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markmotive's picture

Welcome to the new America.

10 year old girl and little brother attacked by thugs...

http://www.planbeconomics.com/2015/03/the-new-america-10-year-old-girl-a...

knukles's picture

Anti-Christ was supposed to come as a false Messiah, promising all sorts of free shit to everybody and instead ruining the whole operation.
Couldn't be....
Silly assed stories....

PS, Mark... as to your video.  This is why everybody should be able to open carry.  Shit'd stop dead in it's tracks.
Ever wonder why we arm ISIS and disarm the populace?  Huh?

markmotive's picture

OK, but in this case the victims were both children.

wee-weed up's picture

 

 

WTF? This was supposed to be the "most transparent" Admin in US history.

Obozo said so in order to get elected. Millions believed him and voted accordingly.

Surely he did not lie. Please, please... say it isn't so...

NidStyles's picture

What!?!?! Politicians lie!?!?! You don't say!?!?!?!

Georgia_Boy's picture

Since the Chinese have pretty much hacked everything and probably know all the good stuff already, who precisely does the gov think it's fooling anyway?  Hey look, there's a mirror over there ...

whirling tword freedom's picture

You still believe election results? :)

GetZeeGold's picture

 

 

Only in Israel....

 

Mass freakout in 3, 2, 1.......

 

Send lawyers, guns, and State Department money.

Kaiser Wilhelm II's picture

Only two days ago on ZH : "We have put in place the toughest ethics and transparency laws of any administration in history." - Barack Obama.

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-16/lies-end-now-most-transparent-a...

 

Although he didn't accomplish any of his campaign promises, Obama keeps creating high quality lies without any kind of shame - or giggling.

Bay Area Guy's picture

Only two days ago on ZH : "We have put in place the toughest ethics and transparency laws of any administration in history." - Barack Obama.

He didn't say they were going to obey them.  Just that they were put into place.

rwe2late's picture

 Kaiser Wilhelm II

"We have put in place the toughest ethics and transparency laws of any administration in history." - Barack Obama.

The key double-speak phrase is "putting in place the toughest".

By that he meant toughest AGAINST those who would release "classified" government information.

The "ethics" he speaks of are the "ethics" AGAINST transparency,

AGAINST revealing possibly embarassing or incriminating facts about the government and the private sponsors of politicians.

 

Remember the wisdom of Calvin & Hobbes comics?

Calvin: I used to hate writing assignments ...

but then I realized the purpose of writing [or for politicians, speaking]
is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning,
and inhibit clarity.

with a little practice, writing [or speaking]
can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!

[or  the obscure and impenetrable "hope and change"]

TheReplacement's picture

Armed bystanders could help.  Didn't watch video.

 

Watched video.  Shoot 'em all.

surf0766's picture

Both victims were hate crime victims. Let me be freakn clear.

Grinder74's picture

As opposed to love crime victims?

lakecity55's picture

....so ISIS can come here and kill us?

Maybe Chalky has already been flying them over here.

Ward cleaver's picture

Those r some tough hyenas, but planet of the apes
Movie continues....... Great press coverage

Otto Zitte's picture

What makes you think there's just one? The antichristians all feed children bullshit and use them until they die. Its a usurer's guide to human ownership.

ZerOhead's picture

That's beyond awful and yes I can see why they won't want that one going around.

The future is heading in a bad direction...

oudinot's picture

markmotive:  Not much of a fight.  Here in canada, when I was a kid 40 years or so ago, that fight in a schoolyard would have been considered a very  'minor' event.

I think kids have 'pussified' over the years...

Monetas's picture
Monetas (not verified) oudinot Mar 19, 2015 7:44 AM

Fuck you and your apology !

NoVa's picture

that was awful.  where is Eric Holder on this race crime?

 

fleur de lis's picture

It's only a race/hate crime when it involves a white aggressor.

ZerOhead's picture

< psychic

< time traveller

The only thing now left to decide is whether George Orwell was a psychic or a time traveller...

TheGreatRecovery's picture

I think that George Orwell was a student of history.

MsCreant's picture

We will mark you down for Psychic then. You are right.

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

There aren't any time travelers because humans died before they figured out how to do it.

Skateboarder's picture

Or this age is so gay that no one wants to come here.

FrankDrakman's picture

That's gay-ciss!

Now, if you'll please excuse me, there's some fudge over there that needs packin'. 

Uber Vandal's picture

Don't forget Huxley, he got quite a lot right, too.

In fact, people may be easier to control with Soma (various legal and illegal mood altering drugs, alcohol, declining morals, etc.) than having jackboots on one's face forever.

All one needs is a few examples to be made of here and there, and the rest will be too deep in their igadget, nose candy, etc, to even bother to look up.

hound dog vigilante's picture

But, but... Hope & Change!

Lesser-of-two-evils!  The other guys are so much worse!

Ready for Hillary!  Look at all the white male priviledge we are slaying!

Party before principle!  The talking heads on the TeeVee tell me what to think, and they're super-smart & super-trustworthy!

Find some sand and bury your head... everyone else is doing it!

 

*sigh*

lakecity55's picture

"The White Male has undermined our Country! As of today, he will no longer be able to own property. This big yellow "W" I am holding will be required to be diplayed by all Anglos on their clothing. This large "C" will be worn by all Christians and enforced by the new Religious Police, trained by our Saudi friends.

"After the events of last week, "Crystal Week," as the press is calling it, I have determined all Anglo stores and businesses will become the property of the State.

"If these troublemakers cause any moar disruptions, I have the Authority to build "special camps" for them."

unicorn's picture

its much bigger than obama. allover europe they introduce patriot acts, saying its not like patrioact. even switzerland has just done now its own little patriotact.

they can spy on us, destroy our computers, but we are not supposed to know what the governthing is doing.   natos hidden network used to an is using these informations.(see 1 if you like)

its all preface for the big take over. people are just getting too well connected and fed up with this kind of governthing.

whats behind this acting is making money with harmful stuff. but you cant corrupt the whole world, truth will allways seep through.

(1: in germany during the dönerkillings a guy from their secret service was surfing on a "flirting homepage", while they guy in front of the shop was killed. the secret agent payed, and sayd, he didnt see the dead guy lying there (whats not possible), and went out. its all proven, cause of the login in the "flirtpage". now the   State Attorney cant ask the secret agent any questions about the murder, they can ask him anything else. like the weather or else, but not about the murder. this is where intransparency leads to: no more accountability.

it happens all over.)

 

but other networks are growing, truthful ones, they will atract people, try to connect to those.

salvadordaly's picture

not one smidgeon of corruption, none!

IridiumRebel's picture

Most Transparent Admnistration.
/sarc

NoDebt's picture

This is what dictators do.  Nobody should be surprised.  I'm only surprised by people who are surprised by this.

 

Automatic Choke's picture

Hey ND, I'm surprised that you're surprised by people who are surprised by this.

knukles's picture

I'm surprised I'm not confused.

lakecity55's picture

I'm scared. I'm going to cling to my gun and Bible.

messymerry's picture

Hey Neg, I assume you were aiming for the forehead. Palm control is hitting what you aim at...  ;-D 

OBTW:  Tylers, you have turned ZH into an ad infested bog pit.  SHAME ON YOU!!!   Oh, and T.D. Ameritrade, you and your jwplayer powered pop up nagad can kiss my hiney.  Every time that insult pops up, I pray that nobody does business with you.  Boycott them ZHers. 

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

messy perhaps you dont know the solution to your ad infection. I will not tell perhaps others will be kinder. the cure is out there go find it. firefox is your weapon.

messymerry's picture

I do, but I don't like addons and have set FF to wipe it's memory every time it shuts down.  JWPlayer is evil.  ZH is a bog pit and that's why I don't post as much as I used to.  Also, I'm still not convinced that ZH isn't just a TLA honeypot. 

USA USA's picture

I never thought I would live to see a more fucked up president than Jimmy Carter, but there ya go!