Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that the Obama administration argued in a recent court filing that the Privacy Act does not apply to the Executive Office of the President (EOP). This court filing came in a Judicial Watch lawsuit filed in 1996 against the Clinton White House related to a scandal known as “Filegate,” where the Clinton White House obtained and maintained the private FBI files of hundreds of former Reagan and Bush officials [Alexander v. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Civil Action No. 96-2123/97-1288 (RCL)].
In the Obama administration’s “Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment,” filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on September 17, the Obama Justice Department stated the following: “The White House is not an agency under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and it necessarily follows that it is not an agency subject to the Privacy Act.”However, the Privacy Act specifically lists the “Executive Office of the President” as an agency subject to the Act’s provisions. (emphasis mine)
“The White House is not an agency…” It is OUR house where the salaries and bills are paid with OUR money. It is a branch of our government. If it is not a federal agency, what is it?
U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth had repeatedly rejected this same legal argument, most recently in 2008 when the court ruled against a government motion that would have dismissed the lawsuit: “…this court holds that under the Privacy Act, the word ‘agency’ includes the Executive Office of the President, just as the Privacy Act says.”
While the Obama administration continues to advance the legal and political argument that the White House and the FBI should not be held accountable for the Filegate scandal, former President Bill Clinton apparently disagrees. Clinton told historian Taylor Branch in preparation for a recently published book, “those files did not belong at The White House,” and that they “should have been isolated and returned immediately.” According to Branch, Clinton also said “[h]is administration should and would be held accountable.”
“What the Obama administration is effectively saying here is that if the White House decides to illegally compile FBI files and violate your privacy rights, tough luck,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is disturbing that the Obama administration has taken the legal position that the Privacy Act does not apply to the White House and the Clinton FBI files scandal was not a scandal. It is worrying to those of us concerned about the Obama White House’s collecting “fishy” emails and compiling an enemies list of new organizations, radio hosts, businesses, and industry associations to attack and smear. Is the Obama defense of the FBI files scandal less about that Clinton scandal and more about what his White House is up to now?” (emphasis mine)
An era of transparency when the White House is compiling emails lists, is asking for the names of people spreading “misinformation”, and waging a war on FoxNews and free speech? An era of transparency when the party in power is doing all their work behind closed and LOCKED doors, not posting the bills online, not allowing the American people a chance to voice their opinions on fiscal life and death bills without ridicule, or even giving the members of both the House and Senate enough time to read and digest bills before being brought to a vote?
Just one more lie to add to the ever lengthening list coming from this administration, and another “Let Them Eat Cake” moment.
Glenn, Glenn, Glenn; have you not figured out yet that you are just another bug like the rest of us that His Holiness, The One is NOT paying any attention too? Do you not remember the very first “Let Them Eat Cake” moment when he told the republicans in OUR HOUSE that “we won”? Do you really think a resident that flies in pizzas, has his empress move a farmer’s market a block from the WH so as to allow her to go grocery shopping for organic Tuscan Kale in style with a motorcade, blocking off streets, tying up police and secret service, and goes on vacation while the real breadwinners in this country, the middle class loses their savings, their jobs, and then their homes, gives a crap about what you think? This man appears to be born, bred, and brainwashed into thinking he deserves this, and nothing you do or say is going to change all those years of training.
You are asking questions of a brick wall that appears to have a complete un-American and un-Constitutional agenda to dismantle our country with his executive orders including the sealing of his records, his absorption of the banking industry, his absorption of the car companies, his appointments of tax evaders, his DOJ CIA witchhunt, his HHS gag order, his apology tour, his throwing of Israel under the bus, his agreement to sit down with terrorist dictators without preconditions, etc., etc., etc., (and that’s only a small list of the decisions he has made after he was sworn into office…)
The only way we can save our country is to take his power away ASAP and that means flipping the entire Congress as their individual races come up whether in 2010 or beyond. Then we find someone in the House of Representatives that has some cajones left and we start a full investigation of the emperor that has no clothes, and then impeachment procedures. If our Congress can go after a philandering president, what can they do with a resident that is so connected to ACORN, SEIU, etc. and their very interesting tactics to achieve their ends?
If OUR HOUSE is full of patriots turning their backs on him and upholding their oaths to the Constitution, he will become invisible, and for this particular politician, that would be a fate worse than death.
Let Them Eat Cake, my ***. I would make a better president…I have at least read and understand the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and I always try to do what is right, no matter how hard it may be.
Ted Kennedy is receiving the “Congressional Let Them Eat Cake” Award today for trying to have his cake and eat it too. Ted is also receiving this award because he seems to have adopted that aristocratic attitude which says, “I can do anything I want, whenever I want, to whomever I want.”
In a stunning admission of his frailty, an ailing U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy is asking the governor and legislative leaders to rewrite state law to allow for a temporary gubernatorial appointment to his seat.
In the letter, Kennedy asks that legislation be passed to change a law adopted in 2004 to provide for a special election to choose a new U.S. Senator in the event of a vacancy.
The law was pushed through during the 2004 presidential election because state lawmakers wanted to prevent then-Gov. Mitt Romney from appointing a successor for U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, who was the Democratic presidential nominee.
Kennedy pushed for that law and he understands how much havoc his open seat would play with Bambi’s Borg moment on healthcare, and how a special election might not swing to the Dems considering how upset “the angry mob” actually is right now.
Here is one more little tidbit to think about in relation to previous articles on the borg absorption of our banks, car companies, and now healthcare; the infamous pie charts. Remember, government is a consumer, not a producer.
7 decades ago, when many of today’s senior citizens were children, just 12% of the economic pie was dependent upon GOVERNMENT (the red slice of the pie).
Restated, 12% of national income was consumed by government spending back then.
This left 88% of the pie to the productive PRIVATE sector (blue pie slice).
At that time the private sector was 7.3 times larger than the government share.
America WAS 88% FREE and 12% socialistic.
PICTURE #2 – post World War II
NOW, watch the non-productive government share in the left chart double to 22% of the economy, from the prior 12% share. (the red slice got bigger),
and note the remaining portion left to the productive private sector has been squeezed out of 10 points, compared to the previous chart.
That 10 point swing was mostly attributed to government getting into the ‘socialized spending business’, starting with the ‘New Deal’
– – basically going into the social business, an area never envisioned by our founding forefathers as a reason for forming a federal government..
At this point, the private sector was about 4 times larger than government – – well below its prior 7 times larger ratio of the first chart.
America was 78% FREE and 22% socialistic. (instead of 88% free and 12% socialistic in the first chart).
NOW, look at the left chart for today.
the government sector (red color) doubled its share again –
from 22% of the economic pie in 1947 to 45% of the economy today,
shrinking the private sector share (blue color) of the economy an extra 21 points – – caused by even more expanded socialistic spending (not intended by our nation’s founders), at rates many times faster than growth of the general economy.
Now the productive private sector (having lost 28 points) is not much bigger than the government-controlled share of the economy;
a long fall from its prior position of being from 5 to 7.3 times larger than government.
American has become 45% socialistic, leaving only 55% FREE, a tremendous move from the first chart of 12% socialistic and 88% free.
That last pie chart is from 2008. I would be willing to bet that the ratio is well reversed from 45/55 – and Barack wants to add 1/7th of our economy in the form of healthcare dollars to that chart.
I suggest you send these pie charts far and wide so that the Not-So-Silent-Anymore Majority fully understands what is at stake.
Are we going to allow the american idol-in-chief and the traitors in the House and Senate to permanently flip this country from capitalism to socialism?
Aristocrat Barney Frank was at it again at his townhall meeting where he was pulling out all the old lines to shame average Americans that have taken time out of their lives to attend his townhall meeting. Another “Let Them Eat Cake” moment.
The money quote:
I don’t negotiate with people who don’t have votes.
The popping of the Beltway Bubble will be a pleasant experience for all of us, unlike the housing bubble, dotcom bubble, commercial real estate bubble, etc.
Here is his highness in all his glory:
Barney has not read the definition of the nazism just like the bills someone else writes for him:
And here he is once again not listening:
Once Again: No Healthcare Reform Right Now! Help Small Business and Homeowners!