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The Secret Service has denied a request from the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, which sought logs of visits by coal company executives. The move comes despite the Obama administration's promises for a new era of transparency in government dealings, and continues a practice begun under the Bush-Cheney White House.

The group says in a statement that it is filing a complaint in federal court against the Department of Homeland Security, under the Freedom of Information Act. In its compalint, CREW states that,

CREW is harmed by DHS's failure to process CREW's FOIA request on an expedited basis, because that failure hampers CREW's ability to satisfy the compelling public need for full, accurate and current information about the influence that executives of the 10 largest coal production companies within the United States have had, or attempted to have, on the president and his administration in formulating the nation's energy policy. Absent this critical information, CREW cannot advance its mission of educating the public to ensure that the public continues to have a vital voice in government.

 

 

 

You people are freekin suckers.

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Will a search of your posts from 6-8 years ago show any concern about the secret meetings Cheney had with the oil industry? Or are you still just a republican in libertarian sheeps clothing?

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http://www.barackobama.com/2006/01/2...ack_obam_6.php

 

What's truly offensive about these scandals is that they don't just lead to morally offensive conduct on the part of politicians; they lead to morally offensive legislation that hurts hardworking Americans.

Because when big oil companies are invited into the White House for secret energy meetings, it's no wonder they end up with billions in tax breaks while Americans still struggle to fill up their gas tanks and heat their homes.

 

You have a guy who ran a campaign based on transparency and change in Washington. A guy who said he didn't want secret meetings in the White House. A guy who wanted lobbyists out of the White House.

 

Now, he goes and has "secret meetings"

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O/A, he didn't say he had a problem with the "secret meetings".

 

He's reminding you lefties that YOU have a problem with them. You seem to have forgotten that since Obama took office.

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Bush never said he was going to be "Transparent" - Obama did. That's what makes those who believed him "suckers". I don't care what coal execs came to see the Pres, but I do care about his penchant for embracing an ideal for political gain and then ignoring it utterly in practise.

 

Suckers.

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From what I've read, they are "reviewing" how to change the policy. It has been built into the bureaucracy and needs to be undone. If the status quo remains down the road a ways, I'll be more than happy to acknowledge the hypocrisy.

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View PostFrom what I've read, they are "reviewing" how to change the policy. It has been built into the bureaucracy and needs to be undone. If the status quo remains down the road a ways, I'll be more than happy to acknowledge the hypocrisy.

 

According to Michael Issikof, the policy was established under Clinton/Reno, abandoned under Bush, then brought back significantly hobbled under Obama.

 

After Obama's much-publicized Jan. 21 "transparency" memo, administration lawyers crafted a key directive implementing the new policy
that contained a major loophole
, according to FOIA experts. The directive, signed by Attorney General Eric Holder, instructed federal agencies to adopt a "presumption" of disclosure for FOIA requests. This reversal of Bush policy was intended to restore a standard set by President Clinton's attorney general, Janet Reno. But in a little-noticed passage, the Holder memo also said the new standard applies "if practicable" for cases involving "pending litigation." Dan Metcalfe, the former longtime chief of FOIA policy at Justice, says the passage and other "lawyerly hedges" means the Holder memo is now "astonishingly weaker" than the Reno policy. (The visitor-log request falls in this category because of a pending Bush-era lawsuit for such records.)

 

They're "reviewing" the policy because they caught flack. One thing about this administration - they do the right thing once there's no other option left.

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View PostBush never said he was going to be "Transparent" - Obama did. That's what makes those who believed him "suckers". I don't care what coal execs came to see the Pres, but I do care about his penchant for embracing an ideal for political gain and then ignoring it utterly in practise.

 

 

Suckers.

 

do yourself a favor and google how many times Bush "called" for transparency on MANY issues before you post such a wrong statement

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View Postdo yourself a favor and google how many times Bush "called" for transparency on MANY issues before you post such a wrong statement

 

All politicians do that, but Obama made it a major campaign theme. Bush did not. Obama puts in place a ballyhooed "transparency" policy than loads it up with loopholes. Funny.

 

"Hope and Change", baby! Remember that?

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