Obama Rewrote FOIA to Protect His Own Secrets
Bill Quick

‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs | WashingtonExaminer.com

It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.

The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”

That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.

You haven’t heard about this because the pack of hacks protecting the thuggish Obama administration don’t want to tell you about it.  Even though they are the media, and are most affected by this dicatorial policy.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Obama Rewrote FOIA to Protect His Own Secrets — 2 Comments

  1. I will guess. April 15 2009 is just after the transition to Obama’s crew. The Craig memo was broadcast because the crew needed immediate authority to block requests, even that early in Obama’s “transparent” administration.

    How many other things are now designated for direct White House oversight? There has been enough time since 4/2009 for more detailed instructions to be passed down by word of mouth.

    There won’t be any White House memo instructing Lois Learner of the IRS, for example.