Obama Admin – Transparency, Redaction, and Delay…

Editor’s Note – The “Most transparent administration ever” is the mantra of the Obama Administration, and they laud the fact that the White House Visitor List is available – elsewhere, not so…

Ask the Citizens Commission on Benghazi with their myriad requests for information on Benghazi. Ask Karen and Billy Vaughn about ‘Extortion 17’. Ask the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, ask the House Ways and Means Committee.Capture2

Look at all the scandals – all of them still unsolved and/or not concluded from Fast & Furious, to the IRS, from the AP to Fox News reporters, it’s always opaque at best.

The reason is always – NO TRANSPARENCY! All we see is redaction, lies, deflections, demagoguery, distractions, delays, finger pointing, the blame game, the fifth… and then there all those unbelievable statistics on jobs, GNP, the debt, ObamaCare, HHS, wage disparity, etc. – lies, damn lies, and those rascally  statistics.

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BY GENE HEALY – Washington Examiner

Good news: thanks to a ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, the “most transparent administration in history” is going to have to tell American citizens when it believes it’s legally entitled to kill them.

The lawsuit arose out of Freedom of Information Act requests by two New York Times reporters for Office of Legal Counsel memoranda exploring the circumstances under which it would be legal for U.S. personnel to target American citizens. The administration stonewalled, asserting that “the very fact of the existence or nonexistence of such documents is itself classified,” and a federal district judge upheld the refusal in January 2013.

Issa-600A month later, however, someone leaked a Justice Department “white paper” on the subject to NBC News, forcing a re-examination of the question in light of changed circumstances. On Monday, the three-judge panel held “it is no longer either ‘logical’ or ‘plausible’ to maintain that disclosure of the legal analysis in the OLC-DOD Memorandum risks disclosing any aspect” of sensitive sources and methods.

In matters of transparency, the Obama Team can always be counted on to do the right thing — after exhausting all other legal options and being forced into it by the federal courts.

When “peals of laughter broke out in the briefing room” after then-press secretary Robert Gibbs floated the “most transparent administration” line at an April 2010 presser, the administration should have taken the hint. But it’s one soundbite they just can’t quit. Gibbs’ successor Jay Carneyrepeated it just last week, as did the president himself in a Google Hangout last year: “This is the most transparent administration in history …. I can document that this is the case.”

Actually, any number of journalists and open government advocates have documented that it’s not. As the Associated Press reported last month: “More often than ever, the [Obama] administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.”

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In the hope-infused afterglow of his first inauguration, President Obama declared, “for a long time now, there’s been too much secrecy in this city,” and ordered his attorney general to issue newly restrictive standards for government use of the “state secrets privilege,” which allows the government to shield national security secrets from civil or criminal discovery. Attorney General Eric Holder pledged that the administration would not “invoke the privilege for the purpose of concealing government wrongdoing or avoiding embarrassment.”GretaVanSustern-RedactedDocs224x199

Easier pledged than done, apparently. Earlier this year, in a case involving a Stanford graduate student erroneously placed on a no-fly list, we learned that the government had cried “state secrets” to cover up a paperwork error. Holder himself assured the court that assertion of the privilege was in keeping with the new policy of openness. When the presiding judge found out the truth, he said: “I feel that I have been had by the government.”

In fact, the Obama administration has driven state secrecy to new levels of absurdity. We’re not even allowed to know who we’re at war with, apparently, because letting that secret slip could cause “serious damage to national security.”

Over the last year, thanks in large part to illegal leaks, we’ve learned that we’re living in a [REDACTED] republic. In the president’s version of “transparency,” the Americans have no right to debate even the most basic public questions — like the legal standards for spying on or killing American citizens — unless, of course, that information leaks, at which point the administration “welcomes” the debate.

Adm. Ace Lyons Rocks Reclaim America Rally

Editor’s Note – Stand Up America US and MG Paul R. Vallely are partners with Accuracy in Media and close friends with Admiral Lyons. It is time to unite to remove the reprobates from office who are tearing our country apart and after listening to “Ace” speak, you will want to join us now.

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Time to STAND UP America. Admiral Lyons spoke at the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi and his biographical snap shot is listed after the video below, a must read to understand what an American hero he is, please view his speech here:

Cross-posted from Accuracy in Media

Some activists believe that America is ready for a second revolution. To this end, the Reclaim America Now coalition met outside the White House to call for a different kind of change: one that involves President Obama’s resignation and the revival of America. WorldNetDaily and The Washington Times covered the event.

“That coalition is composed of about three-dozen conservative groups, including 2 Million Bikers to D.C., Jihad Watch, Freedom Watch, Gun Owners of America, Accuracy in Media, Tea Party Patriots and the Western Center for Journalism,” reported Garth Kant for WND. “About 200 hardy patriots concerned about the direction of the country gathered on a sunny but chilly day to hear speakers call for two goals: The renewal of America and the resignation of President Obama.”

Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi members Roger Aronoff, editor of Accuracy in Media, and Retired Admiral James “Ace” Lyons both spoke at the rally. “The speaker whose one-liners drew the biggest roars was clearly retired Adm. James Lyons, who brought down the house with his bluntly worded, but razor-sharp, assessments of the world today,” reported Kant for WND.

“We’ve become an unreliable ally, which has only emboldened our enemies,” said Admiral Lyons, criticizing the Obama doctrine of defeat. “We are headed in the Navy for the smallest Navy we’ve had since prior to World War I. Not World War II, World War I. The other services are suffering similar reductions. Our national security is being jeopardized,” he said.

“Compounding the problem is the social engineering that has been forced on our military personnel, which has weakened our traditions, customs, morale, and, most importantly, the will to win. This cannot continue.”

The entirety of Admiral Lyons’ speech can be viewed online here or at the end of this article.

The Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi is dedicated to finding the truth behind the attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Regarding the Benghazi attacks, Lyons remarked that “We had both strategic and tactical warning that an attack was going to occur. We had forces that could have been brought to bear, but weren’t. We need to know who gave the stand down order and [hold] that person accountable.”

As for an agreement with Iran, Admiral Lyons finds this foolish given the country’s long violent history toward America. “So here we have this administration so eager to sit down and sign a document, negotiate, which makes no sense. What would an agreement with Iran mean? The Islamic principle of taqqiya would apply—lying to advance the cause of Islam. This makes no sense.”

To learn more about the truth behind the Benghazi, Libya attacks, please visit our website at aim.org/benghazi.

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Bio on Admiral Lyons:

Retired Admiral James “Ace” Lyons is a former four star admiral, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, and the Father of the Navy Seal Red Cell Program.  His other commands include U.S. Second Fleet, NATO Striking Fleet, as well as Seventh Fleet Logistic Force plus several ship commands.  As the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations from 1983 to 1985, he was principal advisor on all Joint Chiefs of Staff matters. He also served as Senior U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has received post-graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. National Defense University.