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We'd Like to Be Transparent, But …

12:20 PM, Jun 4, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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High officials in the Obama administration are using "secret e-mail accounts," according to the Associated Press, and stonewalling when asked about them, even by establishment media operations.

Most U.S. agencies [having] failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for its email addresses.     

Ordinary, non-sanctioned media and private citizens would likely not have a chance, of course.  Even if they could raise the million.

Still, they can take comfort in the fact that the phantom government employee behind one of these secret e-mail accounts – the one belonging to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency – did such outstanding work that he was certified as a “scholar of ethical behavior.”  He didn't exist but he was an exemplary public servant, leading one to think that there may be the germ of a very large, transformational idea here.  A government of non-existent employees, all of them doing a first class job, as the rest of us go on about our lives.

Does it not seem, sometimes, that Washington is the creation of a post-modernist Franz Kafka?

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