Most transparent Administration ever, part deux
Props to Glenn Greenwald who may be a flaming d-bagger/libutard on a great many issues, but who sees the Obama Administration for what it is, the most hypocritical/least transparent organization since the Stasi.
The topic is Barry and the drones and an associated FOIA request by the ACLU regarding the CIA-administered Presidential death-by-drone/license to kill (hmm… I see the high-acronym warning light just illuminated steadily during the writing of the last sentence).
But even though Administration insiders leaked top secret to the the media to further the national security bona fides of Dear Reader during the run-up to the 2012 election, it seems the most transparent Administration ever is stoning the FOIA request to an absurd level. I’m shocked, shocked!
… the Obama DOJ from the start has refused not only to provide the requested documents about the CIA drone program, but they refuse to say whether such documents even exist. They do so by insisting that whether there even exists such a thing as a “CIA drone program” is itself classified, and therefore, they can neither admit nor deny whether they possess any of the documents sought by the FOIA request…
Ah, but given the Administration’s many leaks and its open death-to-terrorists braggadocio, would would such idiotic reasoning carry the day in court? Yes, if the government can find the right judge.
Even in the face of the endless stream of public statements from the president on down discussing and boasting about the drone program, the federal judge presiding over the lawsuit last September meekly deferred (as usual) to the DOJ’s secrecy claims and dismissed the ACLU’s lawsuit. The judge, Rosemary Collyer, ruled that all of the public statements cited by the ACLU whereby Obama officials boasted of the drone program do not constitute official acknowledgment that the CIA (as opposed to some other government generally) has a drone program.
Greenwald then traps the President and his minions in, as Joe Biden might say–literally–an intellectual corner:
They conceal all of this – and thus prevent basic democratic accountability – based on the indescribably cynical and inane pretense that they cannot even confirm or deny the existence of the CIA program without seriously jeopardizing national security.
This is a complete perversion of their secrecy powers. Even among the DC cliques that exist to defend US government behavior, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone willing to defend what is being done here. The Obama administration runs around telling journalists how great and precise and devastating the CIA’s assassination program is, then tells courts that no disclosure is permissible because they cannot safely confirm in court that the program even exists.
Such flagrant abuse of secrecy power is at once Orwellian and tyrannical. It has the effect of blocking even the most minimal transparency on the most consequential question: the government’s claimed authority to execute anyone it wants without charges, far from a battlefield, in total secrecy. It yet again demonstrates that excessive government secrecy is an infinitely greater threat than unauthorized disclosures.
A Democrat Administration that prevents basic democratic principles? I thought Obama was doing all this for our own good, like gun control, monitoring the internet, and mandatory abortions? No? Uh… maybe this abuse of power is for the children? No? OK, maybe they’re suspending basic democratic principles in favor of tyranny is for the generation that built this country? No, now I remember: the President is doing this for the benefit of the unmarried homosexuals in the military.
Seriously, this is work well done by Greenwald in sweeping away a tiny bit of the cult of personality that surrounds and protects the President and, by association, his Administration.
Although Greenwald is focused on freedom and national security, he might be well served to extend his thinking and ponder if the President’s big government economic, tax, and regulatory proposals might similarly diminish our rights as citizens.
Conventional wisdom offers it isn’t the crime, it’s the cover-up. With this Administration, it’s the crime and the cover-up.
Most transparent Administration ever.