The Manchurian candidate promised the “most transparent administration in history” but instead delivered the most opaque.
In treasonous scandal after scandal, mr. Obama has hid behind a wall of obfuscation and legal argumentation designed to stifle Congressional oversight of his corrupt regime.
Claims of “Executive Privilege” are not new to his administration, but he has made these claims in circumstances far beyond those which previous presidents would have done.
Former House Counsel Stan Brand’s assessment:
What strikes me as ironic is that this administration is picking up the cudgels of all these tired old shibboleths about executive privilege. It pains me to say this, but it’s Nixonian in its reach.
Not only is it Nixonian, it is in direct opposition to the man’s 2008 siren song, believed by so many.
While the Obama lawyers’ claims are not wildly different than some made by the George W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations, many legal experts say Obama’s secretive stance is sharply at odds with vows he made on the campaign trail — a reminder of how difficult it is to rein in the power of the presidency, even when a candidate promises to do it. <source>
Rep Darrell Issa has spoken very eloquently about this issue, without inflammatory rhetoric and in clear terms, and I can’t put it more simply than he did.
The Obama administration’s argument is that even when the Executive Branch gives Congress false information or otherwise acts inappropriately, as long as it occurred in the course of responding to Congress, it shouldn’t have to reveal the full truth.
Their argument is a dangerous attempt to expand the reach of Executive Privilege to cover abuses within agencies – even if they are well below the level of the President himself.
I’m one of those people that very strongly supports that the deliberative process in the ordinary course is not something that we should be asking for,” he told NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “But…when people make a decision to give us something that’s false and it’s shown to be false, and then particularly if there’s false statements to Congress, of course we have an obligation to look at it.
And so the fight must go on, for disclosure, for truth, and for justice.