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Obama's Executive Order transparency

Isn't:

President Barack Obama has apparently issued a long-awaited executive order on classification that fulfills one of his campaign promises by setting up a National Declassification Center to oversee the release of historical documents. But the announcement, ironically, is shrouded in secrecy and confusion.

"While the Government must be able to prevent the public disclosure of information that would compromise the national security, a democratic government accountable to the people must be as transparent as possible and must not withhold information for self-serving reasons or simply to avoid embarrassment," National Security Council official William Leary wrote in a blog post announcing the order.

Oddly, that blog post was dated and time stamped at 4:44 p.m. Monday but does not appear to have shown up on the White House website until a little before noon Tuesday. Adding to the mystery, the link to the executive order was dead at that time. Then, shortly after this reporter inquired about that dead link, the entire blog post disappeared.

Jake Tapper's Political Punch is reminding us of Obama's words during the campaign:

Obama has often said he campaigned on making government more transparent and last May, while laying out his reasons for closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, he also announced a plan for overhauling the "state secrets" privilege.

"I will never hide the truth because it's uncomfortable. ... I will tell the American people what I know and don't know, and when I release something publicly or keep something secret, I will tell you why," Obama said at the time.

"All too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford.  And during this season of fear, too many of us -- Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens -- fell silent. In other words, we went off course," he said.

I've got a word for all this... Pecksniffian (used it yesterday quite fittingly).

Seems to fit nicely here too.

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Obama Translated:<... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Obama Translated:

"I will never hide the truth because it's uncomfortable. I will have someone else hide it for me ...

I will tell the American people what I know and don't know, Assuming you know enough to ask and if I hide the truth well enough you won't.

and when I release something publicly or keep something secret, I will tell you why," Of course if I release anything it will be to make me look good and if I don't release it you won't know and I won't tell you about it unless you ask.

Obama's transparent alright. Just not in the way people thought he was promising to be.

Hey America, that Snake Oil... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Hey America, that Snake Oil you bought? It's just Rose colored water!

"And during this season ... (Below threshold)
914:

"And during this season of fear, too many of us -- Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens -- fell silent. In other words, we went off course," he said."


And elected Him.

"Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford."


Like a beach compound in Hawaii.


"I will never hide the truth because it's uncomfortable. ... I will tell the American people what I know and don't know,"


Which add's up to "nothing."

"While the Government must ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"While the Government must be able to prevent the public disclosure of information that would compromise the national security, a democratic government accountable to the people must be as transparent as possible and must not withhold information for self-serving reasons or simply to avoid embarrassment,"

...democratic government accountable to the people??? Am I missing something here????

"All too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, too often we set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And during this season of fear, too many of us -- Democrats and Republicans, politicians, journalists, and citizens -- fell silent. In other words, we went off course," he said.

Geesh, pretentiousness and condescension were the tone of his campaign speeches, weren't they? All that flowery rhetoric kind of wilts though when the unpredictable events that drive the real world start coming at you.

Another royal decree from o... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Another royal decree from our elected tyrant and despot

Good luck with that "transp... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Good luck with that "transparency" thing the American public was promised.

Socialists, statist's and fascists will all say one thing while doing another as witnessed by what this administration currently does. Their ultimate goal is power to control every action of the people they rule through regulation, taxation and outright force.

Leave it to a lawyer to wri... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Leave it to a lawyer to write a 'perfectly clear' executive order, one that does anything but.

We already have system in p... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

We already have system in place to declassify information.
It has taken years to put into place, because, guess what, it is complicated.
The raw intelligence is not just part of it it how the information was obtained. If you know that you had a conversation on secure phone and you find that that information the USA has you will not just change the key but the cipher and now the USA cannot obtain new information.

You believe that data you sent in burst was secure bur we intercepted decoded and pinpointed your position , someone find out then you will change the way that the system works.

If someone reads information that that could only have come from HUMINT source well that puts the agent and family in danger.

Not to mention any information that obtained through the use of foreign agents or intelligence agency.

Other exploits of gaining information are from publications, when it becomes obvious that we have information then the source changes.

We are ate WAR we cannot afford to have any information compromised. Any delay in getting those sources can lead to death.

The enemy use a mixture of equipment we cannot let them know through the declassification of information what equipment is vulnerable.

Review and using the existing system.

Wait I was thinking about the national Security of the USA.
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obama.... "a democratic... (Below threshold)
Marc:

obama.... "a democratic government accountable to the people must be as transparent as possible and must not withhold information for self-serving reasons or simply to avoid embarrassment"

Oh REALLY, then we can expect Desiree Rogers, the White House social secretary, issue a statement on why she didn't do her frigging job and let two grifters into a State Dinner.




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