Obama administration to make government contracts political.2:46 PM, Apr 21, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Under a headline reading, "White House may add politics to contract bids," Washington Technology Daily reports, "The Obama administration is determining how to require companies competing for government contracts to list their political contributions when submitting a contract bid."
8:07 AM, Mar 17, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Kirsten Powers and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
Are political sensitivities surrounding illegal immigration keeping the government from stopping violent criminals? 2:35 PM, Feb 16, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Washington Examiner columnist Barbara Hollingsworth digs up an interesting story today about Ingmar Guandique -- the 29-year-old illegal immigrant convicted of killing congressional staffer Chandra Levy.
The administration refuses to release the DIA's most recent studies on Gitmo recidivism.4:17 PM, Sep 2, 2010 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
Fred Lucas of CNSNews.com has published an interesting story regarding the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for documents pertaining to its Guantanamo recidivism studies. CNSNews.com’s reporting is worth your read, but most of the information released by the DIA was already known. It is clear that the DIA withheld the most explosive documents in its possession.
9:30 AM, Jul 7, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Private First Class Bradley Manning, arrested in May and transferred from Iraq to a detention center in Kuwait, has now been formally charged with passing a classified video to Wikileaks.org, and also with providing the shadowy website with more than 50 classified State Department cables.
If there's nothing to hide, why all the secrecy?11:40 AM, May 25, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
The Washington Post calls out the White House over its refusal to elaborate on Representative Joe Sestak's claim he was offered a job by the administration in return for backing out of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary. The editorial reads, in part:
The Obama Justice Department—most opaque ever?May 10, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 32 • By JENNIFER RUBIN
Attorneys who formerly represented al Qaeda members detained at Guantánamo now labor at the Justice Department representing the United States and shaping policy regarding treatment of those detainees. Yet the attorney general refuses to disclose the names of those who worked closely on detainee matters before joining the Obama administration.
10:42 AM, Apr 28, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
From Politico's report on reporters' frustration with White House secrecy:
A few days later, Gibbs said at one of his briefings, “This is the most transparent administration in the history of our country.”
Peals of laughter broke out in the briefing room.
That happened on April 19.
I imagine that some reporters laughed because of the White House's stingy and selective doling out of scoops--shockingly, the New York Times has a special relationship with Obama--and the fact that Obama "has severely cut back the informal exchanges with the press pool." Politico reports that "Bill Clinton did 252 such Q&A sessions—an average of one every weekday. Bush did 147. Obama did 46, according to Towson University Professor Martha Kumar."
But the administration's stonewalling on national security matters is much worse.
Here's a headline from April 27: "Administration only partially complies with Ft. Hood subpoenas."
Perhaps the most egregious example of stonewalling is the secrecy surrounding Gitmo detainees. As Steve Hayes reported last month:
Transparency.4:55 PM, Apr 20, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Police closed Lafayette Park today to public and press during a public protest of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, according to video shot on the scene. A handful of gay servicemembers chained themselves to the White House fence, and were removed and arrested, but the protest didn't seem to be causing any more danger than the average rowdy liberal protest of the Bush vs. Sheehan years.