In yet another act of betrayal to those who voted for "change", Obama dishes out another dose of George W. Bush
by Larry Simons
June 18, 2009
Wanna know who's visiting the White House? Too fucking bad, buddy. Seems the Obama administration's promises of transparency and open government has taken on a whole new meaning: secrecy. That's right: Dick Cheney-style secrecy. Obama has adopted the Bush policy of blocking access to names of visitors to the White House. The next time someone tells you that Obama has not accomplished anything, you tell them "Not true, pal." He has single-handedly transformed himself from the man of "change" into Darth Cheney in just 5 short months.
The Obama administration says that the White House visitor log is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act because they are presidential records, despite the fact that the Bush administration argued the same thing, but a federal judge rejected that argument twice.
Requests made by MSNBC and a non-partisan watchdog group named CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) for access to White House visitor logs were denied. On Tuesday, CREW filed suit with the DHS (Dept. of Homeland Security) claiming that the Obama administration is "following the same anti-transparency policy as the Bush administration when it comes to White House visitor records. Refusing to let the public know who visits the White House is not the action of a pro-transparency, pro-accountability administration."
On the White House's website, under 'transparency and open government', Obama says this in a memorandum:
"My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."
I guess he forgot to add, "Unless you request the White House visitor log, then you're fucked."
In his Address to White House staff on January 21, 2009, Obama said this:
"Information will not be withheld just because I say so." (I guess, that was then, this is now)
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