November 26, 2012

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Team Obama’s Secret Emails: Regulators Hiding Their Correspondence.

President Barack Obama nobly promised that his would be an unprecedentedly transparent presidency. But from the shrouded Fast and Furious debacle to the administration’s apparent reluctance to be candid from Day 1 about the deadly events in Benghazi, Libya, the president has failed to live up to his promise of transparency. The unavoidable question is, “Why the hesitancy to disclose, promptly and fully?”

Now the Obama administration is suspected of withholding thousands of emails from public scrutiny, including many allegedly sent through private, rather than government, accounts, expressly to keep them secret.

A House committee investigation recently opened concerning whether EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used an email alias to hide correspondence from open-government requests and from her agency’s own internal watchdog, something Republicans say may run afoul of the law, reported the Washington Times.

The EPA emails also are sought by the conservative think tank, Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has sued to force the release of the communications made in the “secondary,” private accounts “set up so they can conduct discussions” beyond the reach of FOIA disclosures.

And on Wednesday Sen. David Vitter, R-La., sent a letter to Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner demanding the administration release 7,300 emails from a “new quasiagency” that appears to have been established in anticipation of regulating carbon dioxide either through a new carbon cap-and-trade program or a new carbon tax, both highly controversial proposals the administration has yet to officially advance publicly.

Well, they are transparent. You can see right through them!

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