Freedom From Information?

Although President Obama issued an executive order on this first full day in office back in 2009 requiring federal agencies to be as transparent as possible when dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests, the federal government is now denying more requests than ever. Jeff Dunetz has a post over at The Lid about what it took to get information about the debunked claims about global warming causing more severe winter weather made by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

Hogewash! has made several FOIA requests to government agencies, and I can verify that a couple of agencies have been quite slow to respond in spite of the official guidance issued by Attorney General Holder that “in the face of doubt, openness prevails.”

But that commitment to transparency has been flouted throughout the government, especially in Holder’s own Justice Department. In March 2014, the Associated Press reported that “more often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act [FOIA].” Similarly, The Wall Street Journal concluded that this is “the least transparent administration.” The situation has continued to worsen in 2014 and 2015, according to the Associated Press.

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8 thoughts on “Freedom From Information?

  1. This admin has been busy confusing transparency with opaqueness from before Day 1! Why is anyone surprised by these revelations?

  2. What is the average FOIA all about? It’s usually because somebody suspects wrongdoing in the Government. Please, somebody, give me a link to any news story of a high level Government Official fired for due cause since our current President took office.

    • Obama has only fired military members in the general ranks. He’s never fired anyone else in 7 years. The closest thing to firing someone was the IRS chief who was a temp and had already announced that he would be leaving before the going after conservative 501C3s became an issue.

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