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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Obama lied, transparency died. Same with Hillary.

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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by jmotivator View Post
    You blamed the increase in FOIA rejections on the "War on Terror". I asked you to support the claim.
    Well...

    Government secrecy is a big and expensive business—and it’s getting bigger and more costly. Last year, the federal government spent more than $6.5 billion classifying and declassifying federal records. It marked 14.2 million documents as “Top Secret,” “Secret” or “Classified,” putting them under lock and key for a minimum of 10 years. The rate of classification—up 26 percent in 2003 and more than 40 percent since 9/11—is almost double that during the last several years of the Clinton presidency.
    In 2003, there were 3.2 million requests for federal government records, a 36 percent increase in one year. About half of these were granted. The information “grants” frequently come with heavy and inconsistent redaction and only after long delay.
    Under Ashcroft’s directive, these interests are to be given “full and deliberate consideration” when an FOIA request is made. He told federal agencies to look for a “sound legal basis” to withhold information and let them know they’d find support in this approach from his department. Perhaps it’s coincidental, but FOIA requests to the Justice Department fell by 70 percent the following year. It may also be coincidental that the classification of documents by justice—which makes them exempt from FOIA—increased by 80 percent in 2003.
    The Steady March of Government Secrecy - Nieman Reports
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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Does this mean those who criticize the Obama administration on this issue like whistleblowers now?


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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Obama lied, transparency died. Same with Hillary.
    Stop acting like a dick head. Do you realize that all politicians lie, they all cheat, they all die? Why do you think that the GOP is Jesus.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Stop acting like a dick head. Do you realize that all politicians lie, they all cheat, they all die? Why do you think that the GOP is Jesus.
    Whats with the names? YOU may not, but I hold my own govt representatives, and especially POTUS to a very high standard. Trying to distribute blame does not work with me, nor does it work with conservatives generally, IMO.

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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Stop acting like a dick head. Do you realize that all politicians lie, they all cheat, they all die? Why do you think that the GOP is Jesus.
    Ahhh, the old 'They All Do It' deflection! This is now officially the lamest response in the ever growing Department of Lame Responses, having just passed "It's George Bush's fault" and "I blame Global Warming".

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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by US Conservative View Post
    Whats with the names? YOU may not, but I hold my own govt representatives, and especially POTUS to a very high standard. Trying to distribute blame does not work with me, nor does it work with conservatives generally, IMO.
    More lies. Only if they are of the Democratic Party do you wish for accountability.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant View Post
    Ahhh, the old 'They All Do It' deflection! This is now officially the lamest response in the ever growing Department of Lame Responses, having just passed "It's George Bush's fault" and "I blame Global Warming".
    No, I never say that. But unlike neocon conservatives, I want all politicians held accountable. I'm not happy about the trending lack of transparency. And the next administration will be worse.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Does this mean those who criticize the Obama administration on this issue like whistleblowers now?


    Does it mean the far left will try to deflect from the real issue to "Get" those pesky Obama critics?
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    Re: US sets new record for denying, censoring government files

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    More lies. Only if they are of the Democratic Party do you wish for accountability.
    More distortion of reality. Your glasses are dirty.

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