Sunday, March 20, 2011

White House Works to Squelch Whistleblowers & Critics

Rep Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee warned Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano not to demote an employee who voiced concern over perceived interference from political appointees over information requested by journalists.

“Denying or interfering with employees’ rights to furnish information to Congress is against the law,” Mr. Issa wrote in a five-page letter to Miss Napolitano that was obtained by the Associated Press. “Federal officials who retaliate against or otherwise interfere with employees who exercise their right to furnish information to Congress are not entitled to have their salaries paid by taxpayer dollars.”

Mr. Issa accused the administration of improperly demoting Catherine Papoi, the former deputy unit chief in charge of the Freedom of Information Act. His charge raised the stakes in the broad congressional inquiry into President Obama’s promises to improve government transparency.

Another recent incident of this administration and its minions going after critics reared its ugly head. A Wall Street Journal editorial board writer was critical of Elizabeth Warren - long time pal of Barack Obama and currently head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The folks at a popular liberal website took it upon themselves to go after the writer and the damning evidence of her wrong-headed philosophy, according to their twisted view of the world, was her previous employment at Goldman Sachs. Yeah. You'd hate to rely on actual economic world experience for an opinion about the financial policies of this administration, wouldn't you?

Liberal conspiracy theories make life worth living, so we've been enjoying the latest Web sensation courtesy of the Huffington Post and Elizabeth Warren's gang at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

These columns haven't joined the rest of the press in treating Ms. Warren's policy goals as gospel, and our criticism seems to have struck a nerve. Shortly after our latest editorial on the new bureau, Ms. Warren's minions collaborated with the Huffington Post on an ad hominem smear of our colleague and Journal editorial board member Mary Kissel. The scandalous news? Before she turned to a career in journalism, Ms. Kissel worked from 1999 to 2002 at . . . Goldman Sachs.

The Wall Street Journal article sums it up with this: Perhaps Ms. Warren—or some adult in the Obama Administration—should ask who on her staff thinks it's cute to smear journalists on the taxpayer's dime.

Wasn't this advertised as the most transparent administration ever? Wasn't this suppose to be the most open administration ever? Aren't these the folks who brag about their tenacity to speak truth to power? Or does that only go one way?

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