18 November 2016

17 November 2016

8 years of Obama Transparency

Obama Transparency

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Is a Pending Disaster

Robert Reich | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich The administration says the trade deal will boost U.S. exports in the fast-growing Pacific basin where the United States faces growing economic competition from China. The TPP is part of Obama's strategy to contain China's economic and strategic prowess. Fine. But the deal will also allow American corporations to outsource even more jobs abroad. In other words, the TPP is a Trojan horse in a global race to the bottom, giving big corporations and Wall Street banks a way to eliminate any and all laws and regulations that get in the way of their profits.

Casting Sunlight on Secret Government and Its Contractors

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader Unfortunately, despite lofty initial campaign promises by the Obama administration, widespread government secrecy has only worsened in recent years and access to information by journalists and activists is disturbingly limited.

The Sunshine Presidency Takes History to a Dark Place

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt President Obama hit the Oval Office and ordered State "to complete the processing of the backlog of 25-year-old records awaiting declassification by the end of December 2013." Didn't happen, of course. And that, it turns out, is the least of it.

Forget Black Helicopters, Meet the Ultimate Helicopter Mom: the NSA

Thom Senzee | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Thom Senzee The easy question is, whether or not trading privacy for government (and corporate) transparency make society physically safer. The difficult and infinitely more important question is, can democracy still thrive without personal privacy and institutional secrecy?
Sabrina Siddiqui

WATCH: Carney In Testy Exchange Over Drone Transparency

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to skip the first Senate hearing on dro...
Sabrina Siddiqui

White House Ducks First Senate Hearing On Drones

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration failed to participate in the Senate's first hearing Tuesday on the use of drones for targeted killings, Senate ...

Obama's Legacy Of Secrecy

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 06.19.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr. "Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing," Obama declared when he first took office in 2009. "My administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use." By almost any measure, that has not happened.

Court Rejects CIA's Alice-in-Wonderland Defense of Drone Secrecy

Ari Melber | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Ari Melber A federal appeals court rebuffed the Obama administration's drone policy on Friday, ruling that the CIA stretched its considerable secrecy powers "too far." The stinging decision may be the biggest news in the war on terror that you've never heard about.

Obama Administration Faces Ultimate Transparency Test

www.newyorker.com | Posted 03.06.2013 | Politics
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama vowed that when it came to counterterrorism in his second term, he would be “even more tra...

Obama Raises Eyebrows

Posted 02.25.2013 | Media
President Obama raised some eyebrows at an event on Monday when he said, "What I want to do is clear out the press so we can take some questions." ...

Dan Rather: Obama Broke Major Promise

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 04.25.2013 | Media
Dan Rather joined HuffPost Live Friday and told host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin that while he thinks President Obama has been a "fairly good president," he ha...

Privacy and Politics: The President Deserves Some Non-Transparency Time

Steven Kurlander | Posted 04.22.2013 | Media
Steven Kurlander It was President's Days Weekend and many Americans took advantage of the three day holiday to take a mini-vacation, recharge their batteries, and relax. So did President Obama.
Joshua Hersh

Obama Administration Hides Targeted Killings With Legal Double Talk

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- In October 2011, Scott Shane, a national security reporter for The New York Times, sent an email to a branch of the Department of Justic...

Obama Cabinet Fails Test

Bloomberg | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama ordered federal officials to "usher in a new era of open government" and "act promptly" to mak...
Sam Stein

Republicans Attack Obama For Secrecy

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- A new report from House GOP documenting instances in which President Barack Obama's White House conducted business with an eye towards s...

Questionable Conclusions About Bias at White House Regulatory Review Office

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz The somewhat obscure Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the White House, which considers the costs and benefits of new regulations, is being accused of bias in a recent report.

President Obama and Government Secrecy

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone As a longtime supporter and colleague of Barack Obama at the University of Chicago, as well as an informal adviser to his 2008 campaign, I had high ho...

Will Rendition Always Remain a State Secret?

Emily Berman | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Emily Berman On President Obama's first day in office, he stated unequivocally that his administration was "committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness in government." It is time for the president to live up to his promise.

The Two Tribes of Open Government?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight The federal government still has a long way to go. In the mean time, can't the two camps in the open government world peacefully coexist? There's just too much work to be done for us to get bogged down in denigrating each others' agendas.

Common Ground for the President and New Congress: Make Government Speak Plain English to the People

Alan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Siegel As President Obama forges ahead with a more conservative Congress, Americans are wondering whether our nation's leaders will be able to work together ...

Uncle Sam Built it, but No One Came: Why Government Can't Communicate

Alan Siegel | Posted 10.25.2010 | Politics
Alan Siegel So how can government communicate more clearly? Follow four rules from the disciplines of psychology, sales and simplification.

Crashing the Tea Party Joyride

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly The Tea Party has pointed out how absent we've been in building a common narrative about modern American citizenship. But the American people long for a novel, not a sitcom. It's time for the rest of us to step up.

Gulf Residents Speak Out About Severe Sickness From Chemicals In The Gulf

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope "The health effects are the most frightening because everybody is sick and the doctors here don't know how to treat us. We are having a hard time finding doctors."

"Dotcom" Turns 25: My Predictions for What Comes Next

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Arianna Huffington The first 25 years of .com have been a time of online miracles and I predict more explosive wonder ahead. The challenge will be to direct our creativity to solving our needs for more truth, more transparency, and more wisdom. READ MORE Celebrating Sen. Ted Kaufman, Accidental Leader Kaufman has emerged as one of the Senate's fiercest critics of Wall Street -- and is a shining example of what can happen if we remove money as a factor in our leaders' decision making. READ MORE WATCH: Arianna and Phil Angelides Discuss Financial Reform with Dylan Ratigan I will be on The McLaughlin Group this weekend, along with Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift and Monica Crowley. Check your local listings for air times.

Obama and Transparency: What Happens Next?

Ellen Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Miller It is imperative that the onus remains on the White House to fulfill its big promises, and incumbent upon the media and we as citizens to hold them accountable for doing so. That is the best way to open government.

01 November 2016

Terminated: ‘Skynet’ nuclear apocalypse scenario may come true, warns Russia’s top arms official

Terminated: ‘Skynet’ nuclear apocalypse scenario may come true, warns Russia’s top arms officialTerminated: ‘Skynet’ nuclear apocalypse scenario may come true, warns Russia’s top arms official: The future of warfare involves increased use of robots, but putting a non-human in control of a nuclear arsenal is a scary scenario, believes Dmitry Rogozin, the deputy PM in charge of the Russian defense industry.

Sale of access a bigger issue than Collusion

The use of a private email account, improper handling of classified documents and lying to investigators, (Martha Stuart spent a year in jail for the last one), if of importance; however, this issue has been the perfect smokescreen for a bigger issue. The sale of influence to any willing buyer. This is not the typical campaign contribution for future access that is common to all political campaigns, but the outright sale current and future access to thought the State department and eventually to those footing the bill, the presidency.

This is not a first for the Clinton's. During Bill Clinton 1996 reelection campaign, donations were funneled by the Chinese government through US based intermediates to the Democratic Party. As well as U.S. companies wishing to do business in China.  
Vice president Biden, then Senator made the following comment in 1998

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the Administration's policy switch was ''serious stuff.'' Interviewed on ''Fox News Sunday,'' Senator Biden said any ''correlation of quid pro quo'' linking campaign contributions to a shift in national security policy should be ferreted out.

In the end, like many other Clinton scandals, it followed the usual process. The Clinton's received the benefit of campaign cash, major changes in U.S. policy followed, some sand was kicked up by pontificating politician and in the end A few low level individuals took the fall.

So what could we expect with another 4 years in the White House, unlimited access and a complaint U.S. media? Clinton's time as Secretary of State may offer some indication of the havoc a money and power focused President Hillary Clinton may cause. 

The Clinton Foundation list green energy solutions, public private energy partnerships, work place initiatives for women and medical assistance to third world countries. Raising and spending $100 of millions on pharmaceutical assistance alone. This has somehow fallen to a little over 10% going to charity in recent years. As to where this money is going. It may be into their own pockets considering that Hillary claimed the couple was dead broke upon leaving the white house, yet today, worth more than $125 million.

Unfortunately, this alone is not a major issue, and is the norm for most charities. The real issue is how and why money was given to the foundation during Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State. Although Hillary promised during her 2009 confirmation hearings to not engage in any activity that could be seen as a purchase of influence by outside interest, she routinely did just that.
Clinton Foundation raised $26 million in Sweden while Swedish government lobbied Hillary Clinton to ditch Iran sanctions
The Clinton Foundation took the money from the Swedish government while government officials were lobbying Hillary Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened business dealings with Iran, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.
The end result, the State Department declined to blacklist any Swedish firms with economic ties to Iran, according to diplomatic cables obtained by the paper.
Donations to the Clinton Foundation Russian Uranium Takeover:
This New York Times article outlines the $40.45 million in donation to the Clinton Foundation, while Hillary was Secretary of State, with the authority to approved deals that were ultimately detrimental to the security of the US.
Clinton Foundation Accepted Swiss Bank Money After Hillary Negotiated Settlement:
This Wall Street Journal Article deals with $1.85 million in speaking fees and donations given to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary negotiated a deal blocking a law suit by the IRS against the bank over the use of sham holdings to hide over $18 billion in taxable income. The deal allowed the bank to only turn over 10% of the names, and pay less than a million penalties.http://www.wsj.com/articles/ubs-deal-shows-clintons-complicated-ties-1438223492?cb=logged0.5873955793213099
In a related story, The Clinton Foundation received $81 million from donor’s latter found to have been hiding taxable income in Swiss banks.

Repressive governments donated to Clinton Foundation, arms deals approved by Hillary’s State Dept. 
 “The word was out to these groups that one of the best ways to gain access and influence with the Clinton's was to give to this foundation,” Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, told IBT. “This shows why having public officials, or even spouses of public officials, connected with these nonprofits is problematic.”

Under Clinton & Obama, in 2011 alone, 78% percent of all worldwide U.S arms deals were Persian Gulf nations, according to the Congressional Research Service.
The State Department, under Clinton, hammered the Algerian government in its 2010 Human Rights Report for restrictions on freedom of assembly and association, and allowing arbitrary killings, widespread corruption and a lack of judicial independence.

"That year, the Algerian government donated $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation and its lobbyists met with the State Department officials who oversee enforcement of human rights policies. Clinton’s State Department the next year approved a one-year 70 percent increase in military export authorizations to the country," IBT reported. "The increase included authorizations of almost 50,000 items classified as 'toxicological agents, including chemical agents, biological agents and associated equipment' after the State Department did not authorize the export of any of such items to Algeria in the prior year.

"During Clinton’s tenure, the State Department authorized at least $2.4 billion of direct military hardware and services sales to Algeria -- nearly triple such authorizations over the last full fiscal years during the Bush administration. The Clinton Foundation did not disclose Algeria’s donation until this year as a CYA for Hillary's presidential bid; a violation of the ethics agreement it entered into with the Obama administration."

IBT also reported that major US weapons manufacturers and financial corporations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Goldman Sachs paid Bill Clinton lucrative speaking fees reaching $625,000 per event,  just as arms deals they had an interest in were in the works with Mrs. Clinton's State Department.