Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Obama's Orwellian administration endorses lying to FOIA requests

Take a look at what the most transparent administration ever wants to do to reject Freedom of Information Act requests.
The Justice Department has proposed the change as part of a large revision of FOIA rules for federal agencies. Specifically, the rule would direct government agencies who are denying a request under an established FOIA exemption to “respond to the request as if the excluded records did not exist,” rather than citing the relevant exemption.
Just imagine that you put in a request and were told that the records didn't exist. You wouldn't pursue trying to find out more. You wouldn't appeal the denial. That is what they're looking to do to inconvenient FOIA requests.

This totally defeats the whole purpose of the law, a law that has been around since 1966. But the Obama administration is above such inconveniences.


LarryD said...

The Democrats should think of this: if this rule goes in, it will apply to the next Republican Administration, also.

ricrx said...

Sounds like the DOJ is using the Orwell playbook.

ic said...

At least be thankful they didn't put you in a psychiatric ward for seeing things and hearing things that "didn't exist".

Larry D, whatever goes on now will not apply to a Republican administration, NYT, WaPo and various TVs will shrill to that. Code Pink may even protest naked against the lack of transparency in front of the White House. Makes you shudder, doesn't it?

LarryD said...

Code Pink nekked, Ewh. Need ... Brain Bleach.