The war on inspectors general
Where to begin?
Barack Obama promised he would preside over the most transparent administration in history. Lackeys in the liberal world even gave him an anti-secrecy award (given to him behind closed doors). This is the most transparent administration in history...just not the way promised. The only transparency here is how absurdly obvious have been their efforts to hide the truth from Americans.
Freedom of Information Act requests have been routinely ignored-from the very start of Obama’s reign . An Associated Press report found the Obama administration has grown more secretive over time . He has a contemptuous attitude towards the media (and everyone else) and avoids press conferences and questions. Scrutiny leads to criticism and criticism is anathema to Barack Obama.
Congressional subpoenas are ignored and when the pressure grew too great, Barack Obama shielded Eric Holder from further inquiries related to the Fast and Furious gun scandal with an executive privilege claim - an extreme misuses of a power normally restricted to national security dealings (judges - the ones who have not been Obama’s nominees-are skeptical.) Stonewalling - with allies in Congress such as Elijah Cummings on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and on the Benghazi Select Committee leading the way - is Obama’s natural response to any truth-seekers The flurry of “lost emails” must be due to some electromagnetic pulse focused only on Washington or as satirist Iowahawk so aptly observed” apparently the leading cause of hard drive failures is subpoenas”
An Investors Business Daily editorial was spot on:
In a scathing letter to Obama this July, the Society of Professional Journalists decried the "politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies." Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson called Obama's "the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering."
And to ensure omerta is upheld, the administration mounted a historic number of criminal leak investigations of sources and whistleblowers.
And yet, Obama has the gall to insist that his is "the most transparent administration in history," adding that "I can document that this is the case."
When Obama read George Orwell's "1984," he apparently thought it was a training manual, not a warning.
The list goes on and on but one tactic has been all but ignored by the major media (surprise) –the war on Inspectors General that has been a focus of American Thinker for years.
These are government employees whose duty runs to the taxpayers - they are responsible for ferreting out waste, fraud, abuse and criminality committed by government workers. They are taxpayers’ best friends in Washington and thus are Obama’s enemies - and have been treated as such by a commander-in-chief that routinely gives a pass to America’s overseas enemies.
He has all but declared war on them; Obama has targeted them for years as enemies; has refused to fill empty positions ; tried his best, but failed, in setting up a 30 billion dollar slush fund free of inspector general oversight. Even Democratic IGs - public servants, government workers who Obama normally praises - are personally abused if they get too close to the truth, as Obama’s mouthpiece and hash tagger political hack Jen Psaki did when the IG who criticized the stimulus program revealed rampant fraud in the program. Ethics attorneys have declared Obama has broken the system and refuses to repair it.
Finally, a truth revolt - and disgust at the leadership in the Oval Office - has prompted a group of IGs to write a letter complaining of the obstructionism they have encountered as they try to do their jobs.
Billions of tax dollars are being lost every day to waste, fraud and corruption in the federal government, but President Obama’s administration is blocking inspectors general — the officials who are most likely to find and expose such wrongdoing — from doing their jobs. That’s the disturbing message given to Congress and the American people this week from a majority of the federal government’s 78 IGs. The blocking occurs when agency lawyers deny the authority of IGs to gain access to relevant documents and officials.
The 47 IGs minced no words: “Each of us strongly supports the principle that an inspector general must have complete, unfiltered, and timely access to all information and materials available to the agency that relate to that IG’s oversight activities, without unreasonable administrative burdens.
Refusing, restricting, or delaying an IG's access to documents leads to incomplete, inaccurate, or significantly delayed findings or recommendations, which in turn may prevent the agency from promptly correcting serious problems and deprive Congress of timely information regarding the agency’s performance.”
The experience of Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz is especially outrageous. In a Senate hearing in April, Horowitz said his office must go through Attorney General Eric Holder to gain access to DOJ documents and officials. Giving Holder the power to veto an IG’s access in that manner egregiously violates the 1978 law and other statutes. Obstruction like Holder’s risks “leaving the agencies insulated from scrutiny and unacceptably vulnerable to mismanagement and misconduct – the very problems that our offices were established to review and that the American people expect us to be able to address,” the IGs said in their letter to Congress.
It is impossible to know exactly how much the federal bureaucracy loses every year to waste, fraud and corruption. Credible estimates put the total at more than $200 billion, but in a $3.5 trillion budget it could easily far exceed that amount. Every time an IG is barred from gaining access to vital documents or officials, it encourages even more wrongdoing. Congress must get tough with people in the executive branch who obstruct IGs from doing their jobs. And when it’s the attorney general doing the obstructing, it’s time to bring back independent prosecutors.
Amen to that, but it is unlikely to happen.
Meanwhile, billions of dollars are being spent by Obama and company to monitor emails, invade Americans’ privacy, trample on our freedoms (ah..to be free of Leviathan’s tentacles). Democrats (and not just Obama) have sicced the IRS, the EPA and the Department of Justice PA on political enemies.
Democrats have weaponized the government and we are paying for this travesty while the Americans serving in our defense forces are stripped of the support they need to defend America.
For Obama the only enemies are domestic ones who, he told us, he wants to punish