Obama: The Opaque Administration

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  1. yota5

    yota5 VIP Member

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    The Opaque Administration
    April 20, 2011 10:21 A.M.
    By Peter Kirsanow

    The administration’s claim to transparency is as credible as its promise to close Gitmo.

    A few weeks ago, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights transmitted its report on DOJ’s handling of the New Black Panther Party (“NBPP”) matter to the president and Congress. Among other things, the report detailed DOJ’s prodigious stonewalling of the commission’s investigation — DOJ’s refusal to release personnel to testify before the commission and DOJ’s withholding of reams of pertinent documents.

    The president wrote a letter in response (perhaps more accurately, a White House functionary wrote a letter to which the president affixed his signature), proclaiming the “historic progress” his administration has made in increasing transparency in government.

    The president’s formulaic response is completely disconnected from the facts surrounding DOJ’s conduct during the commission’s NBPP investigation. Despite being compelled by statute to cooperate fully with the commission’s investigation, DOJ

    refused to answer 18 separate interrogatories
    refused to provide witness statements for 12 key witnesses
    refused to respond to 22 requests for production of documents
    failed to provided requested e-mails between Civil Rights Division personnel and other DOJ officials regarding DOJ’s dismissal of the NBPP lawsuit
    barred two key DOJ attorneys from testifying (both of the attorneys defied DOJ and testified before the commission at considerable risk to their careers)
    failed to provide even draft pleadings in the NBPP case
    invoked specious privileges in order to withhold critical information but failed to invoke executive privilege
    refused to provide a privilege log

    DOJ’s obstinacy during the investigation was astonishing. During my tenure on the commission, no governmental agency or department has ever refused to comply with the statutory mandate that all agencies cooperate fully with the commission’s investigations.

    The NBPP investigation was but one inquiry — the one with which I’m directly familiar. Is this level of stonewalling a pattern and practice throughout this administration?

    The Opaque Administration - By Peter Kirsanow - The Corner - National Review Online

    Only Stalin, or Hitler, could boast of a more opaque administration. :up:
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  2. blastoff

    blastoff Undocumented Reg. User

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    In a galaxy far far away...
    Opaque and racist when it comes to enforcing laws considering the DOJ's interpretation of them.

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