The Huffington Post via the AP reports that the Obama administration is actually doing a worse job at keeping government transparent than the Bush administration:
WASHINGTON — One year into its promise of greater government transparency, the Obama administration is more often citing exceptions to the nation’s open records law to withhold federal records even as the number of requests for information declines, according to a review by The Associated Press of agency audits about the Freedom of Information Act.
Among the most frequently cited reasons for keeping records secret: one that Obama specifically told agencies to stop using so frequently. The Freedom of Information Act exception, known as the “deliberative process” exemption, lets the government withhold records that describe its decision-making behind the scenes.
Obama’s directive, memorialized in written instructions from the Justice Department, appears to have been widely ignored.
Major agencies cited the exemption at least 70,779 times during the 2009 budget year, up from 47,395 times during President George W. Bush’s final full budget year, according to annual reports filed by federal agencies. Obama was president for nine months in the 2009 period.
It’s almost like … almost like he made a bunch of promises he knew were unrealistic just to get elected. Could you imagine such a thing?
But seriously, if you’re actually surprised, you’re probably a goober who believes things politicians say because you attach your ego and dreams to them. In almost every respect, the Obama administration’s performance and policies have been identical, if not worse, than the Bush administration’s when it comes to civil liberties and transparency.
As always, read the comment section on the HuffPo article if you want to despair for humanity.