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Obama Transparency

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is a Pending Disaster

Robert Reich | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

The administration says the trade deal will boost U.S. exports in the fast-growing Pacific basin where the United States faces growing economic competition from China. The TPP is part of Obama's strategy to contain China's economic and strategic prowess. Fine. But the deal will also allow American corporations to outsource even more jobs abroad. In other words, the TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big corporations and Wall Street banks a way to eliminate any and all laws and regulations that get in the way of their profits.

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

The Sunshine Presidency Takes History to a Dark Place

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

President Obama hit the Oval Office and ordered State "to complete the processing of the backlog of 25-year-old records awaiting declassification by the end of December 2013." Didn't happen, of course. And that, it turns out, is the least of it.

Obama Administration Secrecy Examined

AP | CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's as if the United States has two governments, one open and one very much not. President Barack Obama leads both, trying not to butt ...

Forget Black Helicopters, Meet the Ultimate Helicopter Mom: the NSA

Thom Senzee | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Thom Senzee

The easy question is, whether or not trading privacy for government (and corporate) transparency make society physically safer. The difficult and infinitely more important question is, can democracy still thrive without personal privacy and institutional secrecy?

Sabrina Siddiqui

WATCH: Carney In Testy Exchange Over Drone Transparency | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to skip the first Senate hearing on dro...

Sabrina Siddiqui

White House Ducks First Senate Hearing On Drones | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration failed to participate in the Senate's first hearing Tuesday on the use of drones for targeted killings, Senate ...

Obama's Legacy Of Secrecy

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

"Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing," Obama declared when he first took office in 2009. "My administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use." By almost any measure, that has not happened.

Court Rejects CIA's Alice-in-Wonderland Defense of Drone Secrecy

Ari Melber | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Ari Melber

A federal appeals court rebuffed the Obama administration's drone policy on Friday, ruling that the CIA stretched its considerable secrecy powers "too far." The stinging decision may be the biggest news in the war on terror that you've never heard about.

Obama 'Openness' Pledge Falls Flat

AP | JACK GILLUM and TED BRIDIS | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year...

Obama Administration Faces Ultimate Transparency Test | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama vowed that when it came to counterterrorism in his second term, he would be “even more tra...

Obama Raises Eyebrows

Posted 02.25.2013 | Media

President Obama raised some eyebrows at an event on Monday when he said, "What I want to do is clear out the press so we can take some questions." ...

Dan Rather: Obama Broke Major Promise

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 04.25.2013 | Media

Dan Rather joined HuffPost Live Friday and told host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin that while he thinks President Obama has been a "fairly good president," he ha...

Privacy and Politics: The President Deserves Some Non-Transparency Time

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.22.2013 | Media
Steven Kurlander

It was President's Days Weekend and many Americans took advantage of the three day holiday to take a mini-vacation, recharge their batteries, and relax. So did President Obama.

Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Hides Targeted Killings With Legal Double Talk | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In October 2011, Scott Shane, a national security reporter for The New York Times, sent an email to a branch of the Department of Justic...

Obama Cabinet Fails Test

Bloomberg | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics

On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama ordered federal officials to "usher in a new era of open government" and "act promptly" to mak...

Sam Stein

Republicans Attack Obama For Secrecy | Sam Stein | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new report from House GOP documenting instances in which President Barack Obama's White House conducted business with an eye towards s...

Questionable Conclusions About Bias at White House Regulatory Review Office

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

The somewhat obscure Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the White House, which considers the costs and benefits of new regulations, is being accused of bias in a recent report.

Presidential Candidates Hide Records

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In the final weeks of Mitt Romney's term as Massachusetts governor, a small team of aides combed through statehouse filing cabinets...

President Obama and Government Secrecy

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

As a longtime supporter and colleague of Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, as well as an informal adviser to his 2008 campaign, I had high ho...

Will Rendition Always Remain a State Secret?

Emily Berman | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Emily Berman

On President Obama's first day in office, he stated unequivocally that his administration was "committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness in government." It is time for the president to live up to his promise.

The Two Tribes of Open Government?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The federal government still has a long way to go. In the mean time, can't the two camps in the open government world peacefully coexist? There's just too much work to be done for us to get bogged down in denigrating each others' agendas.

Obama Accepts Transparency Award In Private

AP | By ERICA WERNER | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama accepted an award for making the government more open and transparent – presented to him behind closed door...

Government Transparency Showdown Set To Unfold In Congress

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress objected Thursday to the Homeland Security Department's now-rescinded practice of requiring secretive revie...

Emails: Insiders Worried Over Political 'Meddling'

AP | TED BRIDIS | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department official in charge of submitting sensitive government files to political advisers for secretive re...