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.

Apparently Obama likes library jokes

So here’s my latest one: Obama worked so hard to get his Chicago LieBarry passed…. for records that are missing. Now wasn’t that hilarious?

Real Clear Politics    (excerpts)
By Thomas Lipscomb — “Crisis at the National Archives
June 10, 2018

To support this effort, in 2014 President Obama signed the Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments. For the first time electronic government records were placed under the 1950 Federal Records Act. The new law also included updates clarifying “the responsibilities of federal government officials when using non-government email systems” and empowering “the National Archives to safeguard original and classified records from unauthorized removal.” Additionally, it gives the Archivist of the United States the final authority in determining just what is a government record.

And yet the accumulation of recent congressional testimony has made it clear that the Obama administration itself engaged in the wholesale destruction and “loss” of tens of thousands of government records covered under the act as well as the intentional evasion of the government records recording system by engaging in private email exchanges. So far, former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Lynch and several EPA officials have been named as offenders. The IRS suffered record “losses” as well. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy called it “an unauthorized private communications system for official business for the patent purpose of defeating federal record-keeping and disclosure laws.”

Clearly, America’s National Archives is facing the first major challenge to its historic role in preserving the records of the United States. What good is the National Archives administering a presidential library, like the planned Obama library in Chicago, if it is missing critical records of interest to scholars? And what’s to prevent evasion of the entire federal records system by subsequent administrations to suit current politics rather than serve scholars for centuries to come?

See: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/06/10/crisis_at_the_national_archives_137241.html

Obama is the scandal that really never ends. Between his legacy of lies and Hillary, they are rival experts at hiding records. Where is the award for that?

Classified squared

According to Obama, “there is classified and then there is classified” information.

Mao Obama told Chris Wallace on Fox Sunday:

“And what I also know, because I handle a lot of classified information, is that there are — there’s classified, and then there’s classified. There’s stuff that is really top-secret, top-secret, and there’s stuff that is being presented to the president or the secretary of state, that you might not want on the transom, or going out over the wire, but is basically stuff that you could get in open-source. …

And then there is Obama’s super-secret records. So secret and sealed that no one can even see them except Obama. Get that, Obama handles a lot of “classified information”. Probably…. considering only he has access to it. Stuff he can’t have “on the transom.”

Tale of 2 wealthy candidates

This is a comparison between Trump and Romney. Both independently wealthy but the contrast couldn’t be any greater.

When Romney ran, his wealth was an embarrassment used against him. Trump’s wealth is a good thing. He self funds. There are pros and cons to that but…like it or not.

Trump doesn’t hide from his wealth, it’s part of who he is. Yet he relates to working class people just as well. Romney had difficulty relating to regular or working people.

Romney’s wealth was used a weapon against him. They don’t seem able to do that with Trump. Are Democrats going to go with the old rule book and demonize him for being rich? Nice try, what will that do? Trump’s wealth is an asset not a liability.

What a difference. Romney would wait to see which way the wind was blowing before making a position statement, parsing it any way he could. Romney had his circle of advisers, who also blew it. Remember the debate where he finally took on Obama and Benghazi? Then he dropped the ball and fumbled the rest of the race. He swore he was the only one who could stand the heat and take on Obama and his long train of abuses. But the left defined him early and often, which he had no answer to. He was disconnected from the actual voters. Romney had his political record and his schizophrenic stances. Finally some concluded he really didn’t care if he won — even with all the RNC’s help and defense.

Trump, on the other hand, has none of the Romney attributes. He does not play by the politically correct rule book. Romney was all about political correctness. Trump is not the wall street insider. He is not predictable as the morning dew. He does respond and answer critics without taking days, even weeks, to formulate a palatable response. Trump swings hard. For a guy who wrote a book on “no apologies,” Romney certainly was apologetic for a lot of things, especially his wealth. Finally for losing. Romney had a history and dynasty aspect to his political career. Trump is very much all on his own, with no family baggage.

Romney allowed himself to be defined by the critics. Trump refuses to fit their mold and play their games. In fact, Trump changes the game. He defines his opponents. Refreshing.

Romney stepped on the conservative vote. Trump broadened the playing field. Trump points to the exact Romney-type people who created the messes. How many people sat out the vote and didn’t participate in 2012? The fix seemed to be in with Romney from early on. Trump redefined what the Washington fix is.

Trump can identify with people where Romney could not. Romney gave the impression of the Northeast RINO. Trump exudes the street fighter persona that Mitt only wished he had. Romney got lost in staff bureaucracy. Trump owns the face of his campaign. Romney was perpetually on defense. (don’t ever run again) Trump is on the offense to spite his critics. Trump attracts attention, Romney put people to sleep. Romney had the golden opportunity handed to him. Trump was attacked from the onset. Trump has the scruffiness of a cab driver. Romney would not think of such things.

Oh but now Romney resurfaces as a backseat critic in the primary process — I guess that’s all you could say Romney won — with his widespread team of gurus and composites in tow. Romney was entrenched in the establishment which separated him from the working class. Romney had the top down approach, Trump has the bottom up “movement” approach. When did you ever see anyone get a tattoo of Romney on their leg? Trump has a brand, like it or not, and a following. Romney had his family and a close set of advisers and hacks. Romney was the carefully scripted candidate, Trump is not.

We were told Romney expanded the party tent. RNC pushed that one. Trump actually does and attracted new and young voters. Actually, a study in December showed Trump had at least 5 points more support among young voters than polls suggested.

So Romney decides he knows better than all injecting his criticism for Trump — possibly on behalf of the RNC establishment et al — to call for a release of Donald’s tax records. There might be a “bombshell” in there he says. Romney goes down the maybe road. Romney takes Harry Reid’s slimy strategy, then asks “What’s he hiding?”

The Romney campaign was train wreck of record chases. No one bests the Democrats at their own game. Romney could not even use Obama’s spurious record trail to his benefit. Failure defines Romney. Winning defines Trump. Still, Trump’s own opposition research turns up things when needed, unlike Romney’s. Now Romney calls for records all over the liberal mainstream media. He even uses their catch phrases like a weapon. Romney is no friend to conservatives, he’s the consummate political hack carping from the bleachers. So the guy who couldn’t take on Obama now plays Mr Rough and tumble critic with Trump. This just shows Romney as the elitist establishment insider he is.

Mitt makes Trump look better, if that’s possible. Thankfully it is not 2012, again.

RightRing | Bullright

Let the show…go on

Attention, now for our next performance under the Big Top:

Drum roll, please.

Hillary Clinton will now attempt to run on her record by running from her records!

Please remain quiet as she performs this career-defying feat.

Folks,  whatever happens may require the willing suspension of disbelief.

Enjoy the show!

Note: Kids, DO NOT try this at home! Hillary is a skilled professional.

As Hillary turns… the latest

(With a little splash of satire and sarcasm)
Grab a cup of coffee and sit down, man do I have a far-fetched story to tell you. No, they haven’t landed on Mars….yet anyhow.

But you remember that Hillary Clinton, who was running for president in ’08, and all the flack she got about her records? Or do you remember her when Bill was president, how there were all those document problems? Heck, I still don’t know if they found them all. Wasn’t there a closet, basement, law office files and lots of boxes — here and there?

Well, you know how she was Secretary of State and high profile for years running the State Department? Well, it turns out she set up all her email addresses outside the official State Department. Why do you suppose she’d ever thinnk of doing that? An old hand at record chases and archives ought to have something to do with it. But the best part is she set up the servers for it at her house in Chappaqua. Did you ever hear anything so weird?

Now you and me both know the Clintons are no perfect politicians but this takes the cake, after all the troubles she had over her records — or lack thereof — before. Then you know Bubba runs the Clinton Global Initiative.”The mission of the Clinton Global Initiative is to turn ideas into action.” Sure he’s busy running that and money is flowing, like it always does with the Clintons. Well, except when they are dead broke – which must be often.

Anyways, all this has me thinking what the hell is wrong with her? I mean she knows you can’t just do that and opt out of the governmental system of things. Doesn’t she know her boss, Barry, is the only one who can truly hide his records and get away with it, without people making it a big deal? But Hillary now, she has some ‘splaining to do.

Still, even the record obfuscator, Barry would be aware she was doing that. I mean the guy spent half of his first campaign chasing down Hillary’s records to attack her. Now she must have had some reasons to do that, obviously. She didn’t want the public prying into the records. Maybe she didn’t want her boss looking over her shoulder keeping tabs on her? Never know, but that is the point, why? I hear she never much trusted him, and I don’t think he did her either. Nor was Bubba happy with team Obama after that deal in South Carolina labeling him a racist. Then Bill said ‘this whole thing is the biggest fairytale I’ve ever seen.’ Talk about fair tales. I suppose he might be over that by now.

So why do you suppose she would go to all that trouble to keep her emails out of the loop? And since she quit State she’s been pretty quiet what with working with Bill in the Foundation and all, and busy raising money for her campaign I mean the foundation, or something like that. See if all those emails and stuff was sitting there in servers in the house, it would be in the same place as Bill and the foundation’s business. It’s all sort of confusing, isn’t it? I mean I can’t figure this out. Bill was the one we used to call slick Willy. You suppose he had access to all that information of State too? Does that conflict with what he is working on?

“The White house guidance is,” according to Josh Earnest….oh never mind, what difference at this point does it make anyway?

Get this, then she went around the State Dep. lecturing her own people to not use private email accounts. I guess no one there asked her about hers. Funny. What could be going on there? It’s only water-cooler talk now, you know how people do when something new goes around. At least two key people knew it all along, Obama and Hillary. Three with Bubba. So if most everything was sent to her that would be a huge amount of data, wouldn’t it? I mean they’d have to be industrial sized servers these days with the amounts of email, especially as the Sec of State.

The thing that gets me is the big Global Initiative and the Clinton Foundation that Hillary’s been helping out with. I bet many of the same places and people are overlapped in both the Foundation and State. Seems like it would be a giant web, oops that’s the wrong word.

The cover story is an inference from State that the issue is broader than Hillary:

On Tuesday, Harf said, “We reached out to all of the former secretaries of state to ask them to provide any records they had. Secretary Clinton sent back 55,000 pages of documents to the State Department very shortly after we sent the letter to her. She was the only former secretary of state who sent documents back in to this request. These 55,000 pages covered her time, the breadth of her time at the State Department.”

It just gets curiouser and curiouser with those Clintons, doesn’t it? There always seems to be large amounts of money involved too, no? I can’t wrap my head around how all this fits together. There’s former president Bill, and Hillary sets up servers directing all her State Department info there. He’s sitting there beside it saying what is she working on, I wonder? Then she is set to run for president unchallenged. Tricky Dick had nothing on Hypocrite Hillary. She crossed that bar long ago.

Hillary, you’ve got mail!

RightRing | Bullright

A job for NSA

Here’s a real challenge for NSA. If you are so good, then check into Obama’s records. How about college records for starters?

You do check on threats to national security, right? Well, that would be Obama, like when he is over talking off-mic to Russian presidents promising “flexibility”.

Oh right, you are busy with that database of everyone’s phone records, and mining internet activity. That does leave little extra time.

Obama’s records are probably the one thing our illustrious “leaker” doesn’t have on his thumb drive.

“Your mission, should you accept it…”

Speaking of self-destructing:
President Obnoxious says he will be leaving office “sometime in the next 3 1/2 years”…

Do you think we can narrow that time frame down a little? No time like the present!
“Targeted”, yea that’s just the word I was looking for.

Poll: 36% think Obama is hiding something

Leave it to pollsters to finally have a provocative survey.

So 36% of Americans believe Obama is hiding something. Wait a minute, just 36% — around a third of the country? That doesn’t say much for the rest of Americans.

Politico

More than a third of Americans — and 64 percent of Republicans — believe that President Barack Obama might be hiding something, according to a new poll Thursday.

Thirty-six percent of the surveyed voters think the president is possibly “hiding important information about his background and early life,” the Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind survey found.

Sixty-four percent of Republicans think the president isn’t coming clean, 33 percent of independents agree, and 14 percent of Democrats say so, too.

Poll source: http://www.scribd.com/doc/120815791/Fairleigh-Dickinson-poll-on-conspiracy-theories

The most popular of these conspiracy theories is the belief that President Obama is hidingimportant information about his background and early life, which would include what’s oftenreferred to “birtherism.” Thirty-six percent of Americans think this is probably true, including 64 percent of Republicans and 14 percent of Democrats.

I thought it was a matter of fact. He sealed off his records. He had one composite in his book that we know of. Say nothing of aliases.

But “Hiding important information in his background”? Call me a conspiricist, but do people go to that much trouble to hide unimportant, insignificant things? Obama’s campaign hounded Hillary over records asking “what is she hiding?”

Obama’s M O, the pattern

Coulter does an excellent job of keeping score.

Politics of destruction and personal records chase, while not accounting for his own record.

OBAMA’S SIGNATURE MOVE: UNSEALING PRIVATE RECORDS

Ann Coulter
August 1, 2012
Mitt Romney presents one enormous problem for Barack Obama’s campaign: No divorce records. That’s why the media are so hot to get their hands on Romney’s tax records for the past 25 years. They need something to “pick through, distort and lie about” — as the Republican candidate says.

Obama’s usual campaign method, used in 100 percent of his races, has been to pry into the private records of his opponents.

Democrats aren’t going to find any personal dirt on the clean-cut Mormon, so they need complicated tax filings going back decades in order to create the illusion of scandal out of boring financial records. [/…]

http://www.anncoulter.com/