October 19, 2011

SOLYNDRA UPDATE: CNBC: Energy Department Altered Loan-Related Releases. “Someone affiliated with the Department of Energy has been going back to make changes to press releases posted on the Internet weeks and months ago, CNBC has found. The changes occurred in two press releases from the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program — the same program that has been the center of controversy surrounding the failed solar company Solyndra. Both were changed to remove the name of a company that has received negative press attention in recent days, SunPower, and replace it with the name of another company, NRG Energy. Generally, it is not considered correct procedure to revise old press releases retroactively on the Web.” Seems kinda fishy.

UPDATE: A reader notes that this isn’t the first time the Obama Administration has done this sort of thing. “It perplexed me at the time that this wasn’t seen as a big deal. I’ve often called Obama’s administration ‘Orwellian’ because of its rhetoric, but this– altering past documents, even a past administration’s documents? That’s so beyond the pale, I can scarcely believe it’s true. Totalitarian governments get away with this kind of thing because no one will call them on it. That this now appears to be a pattern by this administration is genuinely shocking– and I don’t mean ‘shocked, shocked’ shocking– at least to me. What other document-altering, history-rewriting has this administration done that we don’t know about (to do with Solyndra, Fast & Furious, and who knows what else)? And what does it say about the state of our fourth estate that this administration dares to do this kind of thing– not just once, and perhaps habitually?”

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