Secret Records: goose chase = goose egg

I saw this article that gave me an immediate visceral reaction. But take note of the date, in 2017. Maybe context only tells half the story though. That secrecy endures.

Obama admin spent $36M on lawsuits to keep info secret

March 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.

And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees. [more….]

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-administration-spent-36m-on-records-lawsuits-last-year/

CBS of all media reported that. But then it was just rubbing our noses in it after the fact. So maybe it’s not reporting a negative if Obama is proud of his success at it.

Shocking, as I promise I am wearing my best Casablanca face. Of course it was reported after Obama’s presidency was over. And this was only one year. It didn’t take into account even all the other personal records Obama concealed, sealed, or obfuscated. Or all the times those who sued for records were smacked down by judges for not having standing or some such excuse. These were government FOIA requests for the year. Our money.

It almost appears Obama was shutting down any access to information. Hiding something. Why it seems non-transparent, but that can’t be because he told us he was transparent in everything. Then you contrast that with what they do to Trump. Basically they act as if every record related to Trump must be accessible to them, by default, and there can be no denials. It’s the worst double standard I can think of.

Then there was this, again some time back, from Tom Fitton about Hillary Clinton.

Now that is a nice stand on privacy protections, isn’t it? Wile Trump is not afforded any privacy protection. In fact, they can demand anything from Trump and apparently he has to provide it — as fuel for their witch-hunt. Isn’t that the way it works for Trump?

In the video (from above) Fitton talks about Hillary belonging to the protected class.

Obama, Deep State covering its trail

So the Obama effect is still in full swing. He added another layer to the obstruction.

Judicial Watch: Obama NSC Advisor Susan Rice’s Unmasking Material is at Obama Library

Judicial Watch

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that the National Security Council (NSC) on May 23, 2017, informed it by letter that the materials regarding the unmasking by Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice of “the identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team” have been removed to the Obama Library.

The NSC will not fulfill an April 4 Judicial Watch request for records regarding information relating to people “who were identified pursuant to intelligence collection activities.”

The agency also informed Judicial Watch that it would not turn over communications with any Intelligence Community member or agency concerning the alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election; the hacking of DNC computers; or the suspected communications between Russia and Trump campaign/transition officials. Specifically, the NSC told Judicial Watch:

Read more: http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-obama-nsc-advisor-susan-rices-unmasking-material-obama-library/

Yet media questions if Trump obstructed justice? That’s crazier than crazy.

Search for Clinton emails with MoBro

You had to know there were more questions about Hillary Clinton’s emails coming.

Judicial Watch Sues For Clinton’s Emails With Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Katie Pavlich | Mar 05, 2015 | Townhall

After ignoring a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in August 2014, government watchdog Judicial Watch has issued a lawsuit against the State Department for all emails between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her top aide Huma Abedin and wife of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi, Nagla Mahmoud, from January 2009 to January 2013. It was discovered earlier this week that both Clinton and Abedine used personal email accounts to conduct government business, potentially violating federal records laws.

The Judicial Watch lawsuit specifically seeks the following:

A. Any and all records of communication between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi, from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013; and
B. Any and all records of communication between former State Department Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin and Nagla Mahmoud from January 21, 2009 to January 31, 2013.

“Now we know why the State Department didn’t want to respond to our specific request for Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s communications,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “The State Department violated FOIA law rather than admit that it couldn’t and wouldn’t search the secret accounts that the agency has known about for years. This lawsuit shows how the latest Obama administration cover-up isn’t just about domestic politics but has significant foreign policy implications.”

Surprise, welcome to Casablanca. The servers were in her home. Now she releases a statement that she wants the public to see her emails. It all sounds so Clintonesque.

And the search goes on, and on and on and on….