Of course we all know how Obama campaigned on being the “most transparent government in history,” but when it actually came down to implementing it, that’s another story. It was more like the most secretive and elusive administration.
First, let’s talk about Benghazi. We all know, including Obama, that Benghazi was NOT caused by an “inflammatory” video, but by terrorism.
Second, let’s talk about Obamacare. We also know that “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” Obamacare, doesn’t exist. Even the Obamacare website, dropped that catchphrase. So it looks like the last laugh’s on us…the taxpayers.
Not only was the Obama administration NOT transparent, but it SET A RECORD for spending the most taxpayer dollars for fighting FOIA requests denying people access. HOLY COW!
H/T Weasel Zippers:
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.
And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.
The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.
In courtrooms, the number of lawsuits filed by news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act surged during the past four years, led by the New York Times, Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press, according to a litigation study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The AP on Monday settled its 2015 lawsuit against the State Department for files about Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, at AP’s request, and received $150,546 from the department to cover part of its legal fees.
The AP has pending lawsuits against the FBI for records about its decision to impersonate an AP journalist during a criminal investigation and about who helped the FBI hack into a mass shooting suspect’s iPhone and how much the government paid to do it.
Of the $36.2 million in legal costs fighting such lawsuits last year, the Justice Department accounted for $12 million, the Homeland Security Department for $6.3 million and the Pentagon for $4.8 million. The three departments accounted for more than half the government’s total records requests last year.
Well, that just goes to show you the crimes caused by Obama and Hillary cost taxpayers a lot of money to defend and those they couldn’t defend, well that cost a lot of money for Obama to be elusive.
The Obama administration received a record 788,769 requests for files last year and spent a record $478 million answering them and employed 4,263 full-time FOIA employees across more than 100 federal departments and agencies. That was higher by 142 such employees the previous year.
Obama routinely defended its efforts under the information law in recent years and said federal employees worked “diligently” on such requests for records. Yep. Diligently on keeping them “hidden” and diligently on keeping them “lost”.
Of course, under the records law, citizens and foreigners can compel the U.S. 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.
Well, ….there you have it. I guess most of the requests violated “national security” or “violated personal privacy” or they just couldn’t conveniently couldn’t locate them when people requested them…kind of like Hillary’s phones and computers.
Oh, well. So tell me, who REALLY had the last laugh?
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