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That's the commitment on the -- -- -- well.
No more secret sick that sounds good everybody applauded.
Transparency is important government government officials -- to use force and they spend our money where -- to be able to see what they did.
But -- collect -- once in office even advocates of transparency start -- stuff secret.
Chris Warner's been bumping his head against that problem he works for the Competitive Enterprise Institute a think tank that likes to keep its eye on government spent.
They don't like you snooping around in government when you ask questions they don't get the joke any longer when transparencies about that it was -- for the even not for me it seems.
So you file freedom of information requests.
Why we have a legal right to respect public records they're public as one man -- I'm paying for this microphone we're paying for all of -- -- -- and our children pain from this government.
The progressive got one right we actually have a need.
For these things and that's why -- the Freedom of Information Act that this was passed during the Vietnam War because congress was upset that Lyndon Johnson was keeping secrets and it allows anyone.
Even the non citizens to demand -- correspondence documents.
In the government can refuse only fifteen shows a national security issue or it's just an irrelevant private matter.
All records -- -- hours because -- the employer where the public records there there are not -- that unless there is they're either -- on exemptions personal private national security geologic formations company to mean common sense exemptions but the rest is also common sense these are our records.
And we've proven.
We need to see them not just we have -- right but we need to your book called the liberal war on transparency.
And as you pointed out it was the -- to put these rules in effect.
And you know frankly.
The Boston Globe broke.
-- President Bush expanded the number of agencies with authority to classified documents a secret including the EPA in the agriculture departments all.
The Republicans are doing this not just liberals that -- -- had a few problems but otherwise we've got at least five left wing groups that are quote we're actually more concerned about the transparency then cause -- say Obama is worse than bush -- they said was the worst ever or come out right in saying.
Obama's the worst ever Obama's administration and I mean that's the better off so why would let a group says Obama takes Bush's secrecy games a step further.
And he's rejected board have.
More Freedom of Information Act requests than bush but he's also prosecuted more whistle blowers including as spies simply because they blew the whistle on software boondoggles and so on but -- to work for National Security Agency.
A -- is the worst when it comes -- transparency ever.
What we know from their behaviors that are hiding things they desperately don't want us to see.
Their behavior shows us that.
Now I conducted kept every Euro that maybe they'll just say you're a busy body hear their political enemy only to have the stuff but it is I don't blindly -- it's mutton.
I'm paying for this microphone so you -- -- I didn't ask what that they wanted me to see yet I know that these are my records I'd like to have them in less -- burdens on them -- can -- I can't.
And what they're doing is they're they're telling us things that aren't true were finding an increasingly according to their emails.
And it was the emails that told us about Solyndra.
And that people who gave money.
We're get that back in The Who wanted -- who needed it they don't want to see what's going on and tell the carbon Texas and acted for example.
The Department of Justice was running an activist website real climate dot org which is -- -- gonna die from global warming.
Out of a government office NASA was doing that and on their behalf DOJ filed an affidavit admitting to the NASA was doing right.
And I -- I'd like to see what you're doing on my time.
Because they raced -- the date stamp showing that they're actually doing this from the -- office.
And they admitted in an affidavit filed by the Department of Justice for -- -- -- -- shoulders and walked on that what we've -- elaborate document destruction operation under way.
In facial violation of the criminal code.
That's why we're not giving -- record so.
That was -- -- -- And now and other defendants.
Trickier defense I'm told they use fake -- the head of the EPA Lisa Jackson confusing your government account under the fake name Richard Windsor Newton -- her dog.
Why why the fake name that's the problem EPA says it created the address -- she have an email address that would be flooded with emails from the up.
OK so why the -- Who you hiding from why not why don't you want people -- -- -- -- did you get were tortured to get anything done you have to have some private conversations tests -- he has that made you don't want noted there's an exemption for that you don't have to create a fake name.
Was very specific wants about how the public should know what government's doing here's a clip.
-- -- -- About my desk of president use the public blow up five days to look online and find out what's in -- report side.
Again lots of applause for that.
And that seems pretty simple five days this is a lot before he signs the bill but still that's pretty good in yet.
He broke -- the first bill he so.
It was too much apparently not only that but -- the hallmark I'm going to have obamacare negotiate on C span.
You know where they struck those deals with the drug companies -- reveal for the first time in the book.
On -- well private servers run out of the White House to hide from us they don't they're not that into transparency.
Thank you Chris -- referred trying to help us find out what's going on coming up.
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