Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Strange Definition Of Transparency

Transparent: free from pretense or deceit : frank b: easily detected or seen through : obvious c: readily understood d: characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

Merriam -Webster Online dictionary

The Obama administration came into the White House promising a new policy of transparency and openness in government. They've struggled a bit with this.

The ongoing saga of the Air Force One photo op/scare over New York City is yet another example.


The $328,835 snapshots of an Air Force One backup plane buzzing lower Manhattan last week will not be shown to the public, the White House said yesterday.

"We have no plans to release them," an aide to President Obama told The Post, refusing to comment further.

The sole purpose of the secret photo-op, which sent thousands of New Yorkers running for cover, was to take new publicity shots of the presidential jet over the city.

"The photos . . . are classified -- that's ridiculous," Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., said.

The photos have not technically been "classified," a White House aide said, but they are being kept from public view.

New Yorkers said they could not understand how a president who shares intimate snapshots from the White House could justify keeping these secret.

"So we're not gonna see the fruits of this cruel joke?" said Frank Antonelli, 39, one of the Wall Street traders spooked by last week's flyover.

"I'm not surprised. Obama . . . wouldn't further all the bad publicity by putting out those pictures."


Let's bring ourselves up to date. This administration:

Released secret CIA memos that threatened our national security.

Are releasing photos of prisoner abuse to be used as a terrorist recruiting tool.

But they won't:

Release secret CIA memos that may show the interrogation techniques worked.

Release the names of which Congressional members knew about these techniques and when they knew about them.

Release photographs of an incident that everyone knows about, was paid for by tax payer money, and are not classified.

Yeah, that seems transparent.

My favorite part of the story is this:

"We have no plans to release them," an aide to President Obama told The Post, refusing to comment further.

Translation: go to Hell America.


DaBlade said...

Translation: go to Hell AmericaIt's not a long drive with this guy in the White House.

Z said...

DaBlade's right. "Go to HELL, America", which is exactly the tone of Robt Gibbs at every press conference.
Chuck, they can't release the pictures because the night that happened FOX did a photoshop picture for no money that cost this idiot admin. $300,000. They'll look identical..... How would THAT look, right!?

Always On Watch said...

So, no release of the flight over NYC, but release everything that truly jeopardizes our national security?

Sanity has "left the building" under BHO.

PS: Who is footing the bill for the farce flight?

mksviews said...

That's the thing with leftist government, everywhere in the world, what they claim is their platform is exactly the opposite of what actually happens when they get power.

I must say though, it does beggar belief that they'll release secret details of terrorist interrogation tactics but won't release a few photos of hussein's plane as it flew around in broad daylight. Arrogance and stupidity?

cube said...

And the discussion will end there because the press is too busy giving BO tongue baths to actually ask any questions.

AOW: We are footing the bill.

Chuck said...

Thanks all.

The latest is that they will release one of the pics next week. Not sure why they have to wait, maybe the prints aren't back from Walmart yet.