Barack Hussein Obama is the illegitimate offspring… I guess I could just stop there, couldn’t I?
Even as the freshly minted Obama administration was pledging a “new era of open government” in 2009, officials were quietly adding new rules that had the potential to slow down public requests for documents.
Those rules, detailed in memos reviewed by FoxNews.com, could even trip up present-day efforts to dig into the IRS’ practice of targeting conservative groups. The rules detailed in the memos largely emanated from the Treasury Department and, specifically, the IRS.
“It would seem to repudiate this notion that this is going to be the most transparent government in history,” said Dan Epstein, executive director of Cause of Action, the group that first obtained the memos.
Aggie, it’s been a while since we handed out a coveted Ya Think?™ Award—but I think it’s been worth the wait.
According to the documents, the Treasury Department in 2009 set up an additional review for requests involving “sensitive information,” which covered a broad range of items. The White House sometimes got involved, slowing down the process.
The documents showed the Treasury Department set up an additional “formal level of review” for requests for “sensitive information.” This category would cover everything from emails to memos to calendars to travel logs for top department officials, legal advisers, senior advisers and others.
Once a request was deemed “sensitive,” it would then go before a “review committee,” made up of officials from several Treasury offices.
Further, the document said a special report would be prepared for IRS requests from “major media.”
This report would then be sent to a higher-up in the division who decided whether the material should be disclosed.
Swallow that sip of coffee before reading this:
Obama issued a January 2009 directive calling for an “unprecedented level of openness.”
Attorney General Eric Holder in March 2009 directed all Executive Branch departments to use a “presumption of openness” when dealing with FOIA requests.
The only “openness” practiced by this regime is with your phone records and email accounts. And your wallet, of course.
I can’t decide if the practical side of this perfidy is worse than the symbolic side. After all, loosing the IRS on Conservative-Americans, collecting private communications on every American, sullying the ultimate sacrifice of four Americans in Benghazi—all that and so much more—is bad enough. But preening and posturing as something different, something better and more noble, is obscene.
What a horrible, horrible, horrible collection of fiends and ruffians occupy the White House. But I love Michelle’s latest frock!
PS: Of course, Inspector Clouseau is on the case!
On June 13, FBI Robert Director Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee and was questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) about former tax-exempt office chief Lois Lerner’s claim that the targeting of conservative groups was due to the incompetence of workers in the Cincinnati office.
Jordan: “What can you tell us—I mean you started a month ago, what can you tell us about this, have you found . . . the now-infamous two rogue agents, have you discovered who those people are?”
Mueller: “Needless to say, because it is under investigation, I can’t give out any of the details.”
Jordan: “Can you tell me . . . how many agents, investigators you’ve assigned to the case?”
Mueller: “Ah, may be able to do that, but I’d have to get back to you.”
Jordan: “Can you tell me who the lead investigator is?”
Mueller: “Off the top of my head, no.”
Jordan: “This is the most important issue in front of the country in the last six weeks, you don’t know who’s heading up the case, who the lead investigator is?”
Mueller: “Ah, at this juncture, no. . . . I have not had a recent briefing on it.”
Jordan: “Do you know if you’ve talked to any of the victims—have you talked to any of the groups who were targeted by their government—have you met with any of the tea-party folks since May 14, 2013?”
Mueller: “I don’t know what the status of the interviews are by the team that’s on it.”
Be afraid, criminal element, be very afraid.