About That Alleged Transparency Thing *Open Thread*

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Don’t you just love when the news makes you bust out laughing? That is precisely what happened to me this morning when I saw this clip of President Obama on CBS discussing the whole Clinton email debacle:

Ahahahaha. Oh, right, President Obama, “the policy of (your) Administration is to encourage transparency…” Oh, my – gimme a minute, I have to stop laughing…

I’ll get back to that “Transparency” thing in just a minute, but let’s just look at how “transparent” Sec. Clinton has been with all of those emails. Again, from CBS News, here is the Benghazi Committee chairman, our favorite Representative, Trey Gowdy:

Uh, yeah – MONTHS missing from the emails Clinton provided to the Committee. I know, I know, SHOCKING. Right.

But guess who else appears to have been using private emails in this “Most Transparent Administration E-VAH”? None other than arrogant, condescending, seeing-racism-in-every-nook-and-cranny, in-contempt-of-Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder. And he is not the only one, not by a long shot. Thanks to intrepid reporter Sharyl Attkisson for ferreting out yet another important story. From the Daily Signal:

High-level federal executives routinely use personal email for business, in likely violation of the Federal Records Act. That’s according to a recent survey of federal employees.

The survey was conducted by the research group Government Business Council just prior to revelations that Hillary Clinton allegedly exclusively used personal email and a private server at her Chappaqua, N.Y., residence for her government communications while serving as President Obama’s secretary of state.

Personal email is “always” or “often” used for government business in their agency, according to 16 percent of survey respondents. One-third, 33 percent, said personal email is used “sometimes” or more frequently.

Huh. That’s not looking particularly “transparent,” now is it? Especially not when you consider this:

[…] The revelation about Clinton’s use of personal email is the latest, but not the first.

[…]

More recently, the State Department inspector general (IG) identified multiple instances of officials improperly using and failing to archive personal email from 2010 to 2014.

For example, the IG said officials at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand were not implementing procedures on records management and “email messages … are not preserved.”

IRS manager Lois Lerner allegedly used an msn.com email account labeled ‘Lois Home’ for government-related communications. Lerner was a key player in what the IG found was the tax agency’s unfair targeting of conservative groups.

Former Obama EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used private email accounts, as well as a secret EPA email address under the pseudonym “Richard Windsor,” to conduct official business. That included communicating with a climate lobbyist.

“P.S. Can you use my home email rather than this one when you need to contact me directly? Tx, Lisa.” —EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson email to a lobbyist.

Jackson’s use of personal email accounts was inadvertently revealed in a Freedom of Information Act production. In an email chain between Jackson and a Sierra Club official, Jackson’s personal Verizon email address was redacted citing a “privacy exemption.” But it was left unredacted later in the thread.

Amazingly, there are many more examples of top-level Obama personnel skirting the “Federal Records Act” that Obama updated in 2009. And then there is the top Law Enforced of the Land who appears to have also skirted this law, as the Daily Signal continues:

[…] As to whether Holder himself ever used personal email for government business, the Justice Department isn’t saying. A spokesman did not respond to requests for information about Holder’s email practices.

In Justice Department emails turned over in a federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Holder’s email name is redacted with no explanation. It’s unknown whether the redactions conceal use of an email address that does not belong to an official government account.

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Fast and Furious-related emails between Holder and his wife Sharon Malone, and his mother, are currently being withheld under executive privilege invoked by President Obama.

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There are similar redactions of the email name for Obama adviser Eric Schultz. In one instance, “privacy” is cited as the reason. In other cases, no explanation is given. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Oh, “what a tangled web we weave…” And unfortunately, more often than not, Obama and his law-skirting people are getting away with it. (The former ambassador to Kenya, retired Major General Scott Gration, had something to say about the double standard regarding the whole email debacle. You may recall that was one of the main reasons he was pushed out of his position by Clinton and Cheryl Mills. You can read it at The Hill.)

As for that whole Transparency claim, we made mention in the Comments section of the weekend post that Obama is now claiming he learned ALL about Clinton’s email situation in the news like the rest of us. Liar. He knew about it last year at LEAST. What a freakin’ liar. I know – that ISN’T news, and there are a number of articles out highlighting what a lie that is. But that isn’t the first time Obama has made this claim. Once again, thanks to intrepid investigative journalist, Sharyl Atkisson, has compiled a list of EIGHT times Obama has made this claim, that he knew NOTHING about ANYTHING until he saw it on the news. Wow. What a liar. And if he ISN’T lying about some of these times, than he is even more incompetent than we thought.

Good grief. I cannot wait for this kind of “transparency” to be over, can you? This is an Open Thread.

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5 Responses to “About That Alleged Transparency Thing *Open Thread*”

  1. foxyladi14 Says:

    Transparent like Mud they are. 🙄

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    The whole transparency b.s. is just one more lie in the Obama/liberal/Dem arsenal. No one believes it but they just keep blathering on and on about it as if someone did.

    They spout nonsense and only the truly ignorant, their true believers, believe.

    Far too many citizens are too busy with their latest gadgets and gizmos to pay any attention to what is happening in their country. They, the great uneducated are seldom intelligent enough, or able to think enough, to know much of anything.

    I have long been appalled at the overwhelming ignorance of the public. Nothing has changed about that except I see it getting worse.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It does seem to be getting worse, doesn’t it? Truly disturbing. That cartoon sums it up well, disconcerting as it is.

      Great comment, Marge!

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Great Thomas Sowell article. But aren’t his pieces always on a higher plain than most others? I may be prejudiced since he is one of my favorites. I always “learn” something when I read what he writes and to me that is a sign of a great writer.

    The ‘Disparate Impact’ Racket

    disparate impact” statistics have for decades been used, in many different contexts, to claim that discrimination was the reason why different groups are not equally represented as employees or in desirable positions or — as in this case — in undesirable positions as people arrested or fined.

    Like many other uses of “disparate impact” statistics, the Justice Department’s evidence against the Ferguson police department consists of numbers showing that the percentage of people stopped by police or fined in court is larger than the percentage of blacks in the local population.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2015/03/10/the-disparate-impact-racket-n1968040

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