Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Another promise down the drain

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, certainly no fan of conservatives (he has been particularly critical of the Bush 43 administration) and usually a fan of President Obama's policies, admirably (and bravely) points out Dear Leader's even more atrocious record on "transparency" than those who occupied the Oval Office before him, despite the President's many flowery campaign promises to the contrary:

"The [Wikileaks] episode spotlighted Obama's surprisingly poor record on government openness. The administration has already undertaken four prosecutions of government leakers, more than any predecessor, in some cases using the arcane, World War I-era Espionage Act. At the same time, the administration stymied efforts in Congress to pass a "shield law" to protect journalists' confidential sources. 

Government-secrecy watchdog Steven Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists reports that the administration has yet to produce recommendations for the "fundamental transformation" of the security classification system that Obama ordered a year ago. The government in the first six months of this year declassified only 8 million of the 400 million documents it is supposed to release by 2013. Over-classification is so prevalent that even the Pentagon Papers - leaked by Daniel Ellsberg nearly four decades ago - are still classified as Top Secret." 

When even your supporters in the media are pointing out that you have no clothes it's perhaps time to rethink your governing style, Mr. President.

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