Obama Administration Most Secretive In Nation’s History

More often than ever, the Obama administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions...

Washington: More often than ever, the Obama administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.


Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests.

The government’s own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records. In category after category – except for reducing numbers of old requests and a slight increase in how often it waived copying fees – the government’s efforts to be more open about its activities last year were their worst since President Barack Obama took office.

In a year of intense public interest over the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, the government cited national security to withhold information a record 8,496 times – a 57 percent increase over a year earlier and more than double Obama’s first year, when it cited that reason 3,658 times. The Defense Department, including the NSA, and the CIA accounted for nearly all those. The Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency cited national security six times, the Environmental Protection Agency did twice and the National Park Service once.


And five years after Obama directed agencies to less frequently invoke a “deliberative process” exception to withhold materials describing decision-making behind the scenes, the government did it anyway, a record 81,752 times.

“I’m concerned the growing trend toward relying upon FOIA exemptions to withhold large swaths of government information is hindering the public’s right to know,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It becomes too much of a temptation. If you screw up in government, just mark it `top secret.'”

Citizens, journalists, businesses and others last year made a record 704,394 requests for information, an 8 percent increase over the previous year. The government responded to 678,391 requests, an increase of 2 percent over the previous year. The AP analysis showed that the Obama government more than ever censored materials it turned over or fully denied access to them, in 244,675 cases or 36 percent of all requests. On 196,034 other occasions, the government said it couldn’t find records, a person refused to pay for copies or the government determined the request to be unreasonable or improper.

Sometimes, the government censored only a few words or an employee’s phone number, but other times it completely marked out nearly every paragraph on pages. source – AP

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13 Comments on this post.
  • Leo
    17 March 2014 at 11:27 am
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    Remember this Muslim Imposter promised transparency but totally the opposite has prevailed . He is a Trojan Horse . No one noes absolutely nothing about this Imposter . Anyone that has endeavored to oppose the Evil Tyrant has ran into a brick wall or met with a sudden mysterious death .

  • Pastor S. T. LaRue
    17 March 2014 at 11:52 am
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  • Pastor S. T. LaRue
    17 March 2014 at 11:53 am
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    Leo: The American people wanted CHANGE, so they got it! LOL

  • Pastor S. T. LaRue
    17 March 2014 at 12:12 pm
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  • Leo
    17 March 2014 at 12:34 pm
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    America has turned its back on God, Hence God has given America Barrack Hussein Obama .

  • paul kidd
    17 March 2014 at 12:38 pm
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  • Judith
    17 March 2014 at 12:44 pm
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    Number 5 your right on.

  • TeresaB
    17 March 2014 at 1:19 pm
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    HOORAY – 53-46 vote Against Firearms control

    HOORAY – 53-46 vote

    The U.N. Resolution 2117 lists 21 points dealing with firearms control, but perhaps of most interest is point number 11: “CALLS FOR MEMBER STATES TO SUPPORT WEAPONS COLLECTION, DISARMAMENT —”

    HOORAY – 53-46 vote – The U.S. Senate voted against the U.N. resolution.

    This is that brief, glorious moment in history

    when everyone stands around…reloading.

    Now, Which 46 Senators Voted to Destroy Us? Well, let their names become known !! See below . If you vote in one of the states listed with these 46 “legis..traitors”… vote against them.

    In a 53-46 vote, the Senate narrowly passed a measure that will stop the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. The Statement of Purpose from the Bill reads: “To uphold Second Amendment rights and prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.” The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry, now get this, on all private guns and ammo.

    Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.

    Here are the 46 senators who voted to give your rights to the U.N.

    Baldwin (D-WI)

    Baucus (D-MT)

    Bennett (D-CO)

    Blumenthal (D-CT)

    Boxer (D-CA)

    Brown (D-OH)

    Cantwell (D-WA)

    Cardin (D-MD)

    Carper (D-DE)

    Casey (D-PA)

    Coons (D-DE)

    Cowan (D-MA)

    Durbin (D-IL)j

    Feinstein (D-CA)

    Franken (D-MN)

    Gillibrand (D-NY)

    Harkin (D-IA)

    Hirono (D-HI)

    Johnson (D-SD)

    Kaine (D-VA)

    King (I-ME)

    Klobuchar (D-MN)

    Landrieu (D-LA)

    Leahy (D-VT)

    Levin (D-MI)

    McCaskill (D-MO)

    Menendez (D-NJ)

    Merkley (D-OR)

    Mikulski (D-MD)

    Murphy (D-CT)

    Murray (D-WA)

    Nelson (D-FL)

    Reed (D-RI)

    Reid (D-NV)

    Rockefeller (D-WV)

    Sanders (I-VT)

    Schatz (D-HI)

    Schumer (D-NY)

    Shaheen (D-NH)

    Stabenow (D-MI)

    Udall (D-CO)

    Udall (D-NM)

    Warner (D-VA)

    Warren (D-MA)

    Whitehouse (D-RI)

    Wyden (D-OR)

    Folks: This needs to go viral. These Senators voted to let the UN take OUR guns. They need to lose their next election. We have been betrayed.

    46 Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the U.N.

    Please send this to SOMEONE!

  • Tracy
    17 March 2014 at 5:18 pm
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    Teresa B, thank you for posting the list above. We need to know this!!
    Folks, please don’t ever give up your gun rights.

  • DM 2nd samuel 22
    17 March 2014 at 6:18 pm
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  • Pastor S. T. LaRue
    17 March 2014 at 8:01 pm
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    Tracy: When will you ever wake up? You do not have any gun rights!

    Just let someone call the police on you, saying your threateniong someone with a gun, when the police knot your door down, see your guns, your going to jail, after you put your house up for bail, then lose your case, there goes your gun rights and the house too!

  • Pastor S. T. LaRue
    17 March 2014 at 8:02 pm
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    Tracy: Sorry I forgot to mention, with no gun rights, then you are a convicted felony charge, no more gun rights!

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    25 March 2014 at 9:41 pm
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