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DHS investigating people making Freedom of Information Act requests

Hopenchange, transparency…are you feeling it?  I’m feeling it!  Oh wait…that’s gas.  My bad.  Anywho

For at least a year, the Homeland Security Department detoured requests for federal records to senior political advisers for highly unusual scrutiny, probing for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive, according to nearly 1,000 pages of internal e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.

The department abandoned the practice after AP investigated. Inspectors from the department’s Office of Inspector General quietly conducted interviews last week to determine whether political advisers acted improperly.

The Freedom of Information Act, the main tool forcing the government to be more open, is designed to be insulated from political considerations. Anyone who seeks information through the law is supposed to get it unless disclosure would hurt national security, violate personal privacy or expose confidential decision-making in certain areas.

But in July 2009, Homeland Security introduced a directive requiring a wide range of information to be vetted by political appointees for “awareness purposes,” no matter who requested it.

Career employees were ordered to provide Secretary Janet Napolitano’s political staff with information about the people who asked for records — such as where they lived, whether they were private citizens or reporters — and about the organizations where they worked.

If a member of Congress sought such documents, employees were told to specify Democrat or Republican.

Observes Ed:

The FOIA law is not an excuse to conduct investigations into active citizens expecting and deserving transparency in government.  It is certainly not a dodge for political appointees to keep embarrassing data to themselves so as not to hurt their bosses.  Even worse, Napolitano apparently kept Congress from getting information it needs to conduct oversight and provide a check and balance to DHS power based on the political affiliation of those asking for the data.  That should be a firing offense, and it should include everyone in Napolitano’s star chamber as well as Napolitano herself.

Democrats: The Culture of Corruption.

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July 23, 2010 - Posted by | corruption, Janet Napolitano

2 Comments »

  1. I never believed that transparency rubbish coming from the most corrupt Administration I’ve ever seen.

    Comment by SojournerLove | July 23, 2010

  2. I actually find it fascinating that there are even 3 people left defending this corrupt disturbing administration.

    Comment by Jenn of the Jungle | July 25, 2010


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