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Transparency Fail

"Most transparent administration in history" releases most redacted document in history.

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After the courts laid out the conditions in which the government can compel email providers to turn over users' private messages, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wondered if the FBI was applying similar guidelines to text messages. So the group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Justice Department.

In April the organization received an answer that complied with the letter of the law but was almost comically unhelpful. The file contained a memo header, "Guidance for the Minimization of Text Messages over Dual-Function Cellular Telephones," followed by 15 pages that were completely blacked out. The document "does not even show the date, let alone what the policy is," ACLU spokesperson Josh Bell told ABC News.

When Barack Obama took office, he declared that his presidency would herald "an unprecedented level of openness in government." This February, he stuck to his guns during a Google Hangout: "This is the most transparent administration in history."  

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  1. YOu gotta admit – that most-redacted document is fucking AWESOME! Life becomes art, a meta-parody of itself.

    We had to destroy the consitution to save it. Epic.

    1. When you have hundreds of newspapers and several major networks who are willing and happy to lie for you, what difference does it make?

      1. If you think Victor`s story is terrific…, in the last-month my sisters friend who is a single mom basically got paid $4402 sitting there a 20 hour week from there house and their best friend’s ex-wife`s neighbour has done this for 3 months and easily made more than $4402 part-time On there laptop. the advice on this site…. WEP6.COM
        Go to website and click home for more details.

    2. I take an optimistic view of this. At this rate we will soon be at the point where the document is so redacted that the redactions become redacted and the plain text is revealed again.

      1. It’s redactions all the way down.

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  2. It amazes me how often this administration says one thing and does the complete opposite yet the media sits there like a Cocker Spaniel with a lobotomy, happily be pissed on while drooling contentedly.

    I have come to believe that if any senior member of this administration was arrested for being a pedophile, the White House would spin it as just more partisan politics and the media would happily go along with it.

    1. You may be able to keep your own doctor now. They never tell the truth.

      http://www.weeklystandard.com/…..40093.html

      1. I already know I can’t keep my doctor–he quit. Said he was already tired of the BS.

      2. John| 7.19.13 @ 11:00AM |#
        “You may be able to keep your own doctor now”

        Until the next royal decree is announced by the court jester on a Friday evening.

    2. If a senior Obama admin official were to be arrested as a paedophile, the US media would push the talking points about how much he cares about children.

      1. No, they’d talk about how he was a Bush holdover.

        1. ……Obama raped the kids but it was with Bush’s dick.

          1. And the unemployment rate dropped .0005%, if you count temps! Look over there!

  3. Obama’s “Transparent” administration, Cuomo’s “Transparent” administration. Dems, you keep using that word, I don’t think it means what you think it means.

  4. In case anybody is interested in the full redacted document:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics…..u-19152996

    1. Why did I bother to go look at fifteen pages of redaction?

      1. That was awesome. They actually sent 15 pages of a blacked out document.

    2. It’s not called the “criminal division” for nothing.

  5. What pisses me off the most is that when I print that fucker it drains the BLACK INK TANK…………………

  6. Black; it’s the new transparent!

    1. I am stealing that.

  7. I’m sorry, I have to do it… an Internet meme:

    “Redacted document is redacted.”

    Seriously though, what was the point of complying with the FOIA request if all they were going to provide was the header?

  8. What do you mean redacted? When I squint I clearly see an image of a middle finger in the middle of that black block. I’m pretty sure that is the policy right there.

  9. It’s ok guys, the President is allowed to do this, just look at his copy of the constitution

    30s photoshop 🙂

  10. “…most transparent administration in history”. This may not be as ridiculous as it sounds at first blush. I think a lot of people are seeing right through this administration. Granted, that has more to do with Snowden than Obama, but still……

  11. Yes we can.

  12. The redacted information would have called into question the president’s commitment to transparency, and possibly damage his credibility.

    The president is the last of defense against the upcoming hunting season on non white people. Yes, America is now the island from “The Most Dangerous Game”, and the hunters are crazed white men with a fetish for hunting minorities, the most dangerous prey of all.

    Minorities, the most dangerous prey of all

  13. If you think Shirley`s story is astonishing…, 1 week ago my cousins boyfriend made $8270 just sitting there a fifteen hour week an their house and they’re classmate’s step-sister`s neighbour did this for 6 months and got paid over $8270 part-time from a laptop. follow the advice from this site… http://www.Work25.co?

  14. It’s a basket case 3rd world regime aided and abetted by people who style themselves as ‘journalists’ but are in fact arch statists themselves.

    And to think all the liberals kept saying that electing this tool would make the world love America again (like they loved it when?).

  15. Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wondered if the FBI was

  16. Liberties Union (ACLU) wondered if the FBI was applying

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