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March 24, 2010

OBAMA OBSOLETUS: TRANSPARENCY

COMMON DREAMS: Agencies are still bitterly resisting requests and lawsuits for release of internal records under the Freedom of Information Act according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama vowed to conduct government business with openness and ordered federal agencies to "adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA." Since that promise, PEER has filed eight new FOIA lawsuits, as agencies either ignore requests and appeals or improperly withhold records.


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