An analysis by the Associated Press revealed the lack of transparency which – paired with the Obama Administration’s war on whistleblowers and journalism – paints a nasty picture of a secretive regime.
The government’s own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records. In category after category – except for reducing numbers of old requests and a slight increase in how often it waived copying fees – the government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.
Things are actually getting worse. Despite hope for improvement, things are changing back to the days of the Bush Administration. Hope and change.
While President Obama drones on about the dangers posed by unauthorized whistleblowing by Edward Snowden his government relentlessly tries to thwart disclosures through official channels making leaks the only way the public can learn anything.
The AP analysis showed that the government more than ever censored materials it turned over or fully denied access to them, in 244,675 cases or 36 percent of all requests. On 196,034 other occasions, the government said it couldn’t find records, a person refused to pay for copies or the government determined the request to be unreasonable or improper.
So Obama and friends treat public information as if it is their personal property and are surprised that the American people like leakers who expose their abusive behavior? Is it so hard to understand?
Those who make official disclosures impossible make unofficial disclosures inevitable.