In a Google hangout with constituents, Barack Obama actually said that his is “the most transparent administration in history.” Most of my listeners and viewers would immediately recognize how horrendously false this statement is from the President. Obama's lack of transparency throughout his first administration was so egregious that even liberal media outlets were calling him out on it.
Let's go through some of the more heinous examples of how Obama's claim of transparency is an outrage.
- The recently leaked memo from the White House revealed the administration's unilateral authority to target American citizens using unmanned drones. These targets are often listed on an apparent secret kill list kept by the President.
- The lack of forthcoming answers (and subsequent cover-up) as to what really went on on September 11th, 2012 when our consulate in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists.
- The number of lawsuits filed against the Obama administration related to the Freedom of Information Act has increased “dramatically,” according to a December study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). These suits are filed to challenge requests that have been denied by the administration. This report from the Washington Free Beacon has a number of examples related to the Freedom of Information Act. Even the Politico cited a Washington lawyer, Katherine Meyer, who’s been filing FOIA cases since 1978 claiming, “Obama is the sixth administration that’s been in office since I’ve been doing Freedom of Information Act work. … It’s kind of shocking to me to say this, but of the six, this administration is the worst on FOIA issues. The worst. There’s just no question about it. This administration is raising one barrier after another. … It’s gotten to the point where I’m stunned — I’m really stunned.”
- Some in the media have had to work for years to get the administration to release some of the White House visitor logs, particularly from the first nine months of his first administration. Also keep in mind that the White House started holding meetings at the coffee house across the street from the White House in order to avoid visitor log formalities.
- Obama promised when he ran in 2008 that every bill would be posted online for five days before he signed it into law. According to the Cato Institute, “he gave less than 2/3rds of the bills he signed the promised sunlight.” Many of the ones not posted also happen to be the most controversial.