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Would Our Government Lie to Us?

Leslie Brown

We are stuck in a generation where loyalty is just a tattoo, love is just a quote and lying is the new truth.~Armin Ferizovic

The Freedom of Information Act or F.O.I.A. is a safeguard put in place to allow plain ol’ Americans the right to see what is happening in the government we fund. Remember when we were told this was going to be the “most transparent administration in history”? (see video below)

Well did you know that ever-so-quietly this same administration altered the very F.O.I.A. allowing the government to take a “look-see” at requested documents to pretty much make sure the documents are not damaging to them. By “tweaking” the F.O.I.A. just a wee bit, they added what I refer to as the “C.Y.A.” clause.

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.(1)

The visitor log of the White House was supposed to put up online so the general public could take a look at the comings and goings. What happened? In September 2009 the Obama Administration announced that it was establishing an “unprecedented” new disclosure policy for visitor logs whereby it would henceforth would make regular Web site releases of them, albeit on a voluntary basis not under the F.O.I.A., and with a routine lag time of three to four months.(2)

Hmm, I seem to remember someone saying,

This can only mean that the leaders of the other party want to keep the public in the dark. They don’t want you to know which interests are paying for the ads. The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.(3)

Satan is said to be “the father of lies”.  It looks like the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree.

(1)http://washingtonexaminer.com/most-transparent-white-house-ever-rewrote-the-foia-to-suppress-politically-sensitive-docs/article/2545824

(2)http://www.wcl.american.edu/faculty/metcalfe/fromfoiaservice.pdf

(3)http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/21/weekly-address-president-obama-challenges-politicians-benefiting-citizen

meme lying

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