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Contrary to Its Claims of “Openness” and “Transparency”, This Administration Is the Most Secretive and Closed EVER
Posted By admin On January 25, 2014 @ 6:50 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Washington’s Blog 
January 25, 2014
New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says :
This is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term.
I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.
[Q: And do you think this comes directly from the president?]
I would think that it would have to. I don’t know that, but certainly enough attention has been focused on this issue that, if he departed from the policies of his government, I think we’d know that at this point.
Abramson is not alone …
Veteran CNN, New York Times and CBS reporters say that the Obama Administration is the most “manipulative”, “the most closed, control freak”, “secretive”, “hostile to media” in history. 
The government has taken to protecting criminal wrongdoing by attacking whistleblowers  … and any journalists who have the nerve to report  on the beans spilled by the whistleblowers. (The government has also repealed long-standing laws against using propaganda against Americans  on U.S. soil, and the government is manipulating social media  – more proof here  and here ).
The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined .
The government admits that journalists could be targeted with counter-terrorism laws  (and here ). For example, after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise  that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge
After the government’s spying on the Associated Press made it clear to everyone that the government is trying to put a chill journalism , the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek tweeted :
Serious idea. Instead of calling it Obama’s war on whistleblowers, let’s just call it what it is: Obama’s war on journalism.
Postscript: At the same time, this administration is spying on us – the American people – more than any other administration in history .
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URLs in this post:
 Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/01/contrary-claims-openness-transparency-administration-secretive-closed-administration-ever.html
 says: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/talk-to-al-jazeera/interviews-and-more/2014/1/21/jill-abramson-talkstojohnseigenthaler.html
 most “manipulative”, “the most closed, control freak”, “secretive”, “hostile to media” in history.: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/veteran-cnn-reporter-obama-white-house-hostile-media-u-s-history.html
 the most transparent administration ever: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/283335-obama-this-is-the-most-transparent-administration-in-history
 most secretive: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/20/194513/obamas-crackdown-views-leaks-as.html
 ever: http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2013/03/11/citing-security-censor-more-public-records/6JZjnMHyHyO1hfG30x6QiO/story.html
 background: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/14/obama-transparency-podesta-sunshine-week
 protecting criminal wrongdoing by attacking whistleblowers: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/02/government-protects-criminals-by-prosecuting-whistleblower-who-expose-wrongdoing.html
 any journalists who have the nerve to report: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/u-s-points-out-that-only-tyrants-treat-journalists-as-terrorists-then-does-it-itself.html
 using propaganda against Americans: http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/07/12/us_backs_off_propaganda_ban_spreads_government_made_news_to_americans
 manipulating social media: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/03/government-power-being-used-to-stifle-dissent-not-to-keep-us-safe.html
 here: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/07/pentagon-seeks-to-manipulate-social-media-for-propaganda-purposes.html
 here: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/02/you-know-those-obnoxious-posters-who-almost-seem-like-alter-egos-of-the-same-person-they-actually-might-be.html
 prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/obama-has-prosecuted-more-whistleblowers-than-all-other-presidents-combined.html
 smear whistleblowers: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/07/fda-gathers-personal-information-then-smears-whistleblowers-on-faulty-medical-devices.html
 threaten reporters: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/09/in-america-journalists-are-considered-terrorists.html
 harass honest analysts: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/01/honest-rating-agency-is-punished-for-telling-the-truth.html
 being criminalized: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/10/james-risen-prison-journalism-criminalised
 targeted with counter-terrorism laws: http://verdict.justia.com/2012/07/02/journalists-protesters-and-other-terrorist-threats
 here: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/316751-snowden-nsa-targeted-journalists-critical-of-government-after-911
 refused to promise: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/a_victory_for_all_of_us_20120518/
 the government is trying to put a chill journalism: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/the-bigger-story-behind-the-ap-spying-scandal.html
 tweeted: https://twitter.com/EliLake/status/336450435252625408
 investigated illegal Pentagon propaganda: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/04/pentagon-smears-usa-today-reporters-for-wait-for-it-investigating-illegal-pentagon-propaganda.html
 targeted for arrest: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/reporters-covering-occupy-wall-street-are-being-targeted-for-arrest-nationwide.html
 CIA officers: http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/cheney-libby-named-in-smear-bid/2007/01/26/1169788693645.html
 bloggers: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/us/politics/16cole.html?_r=3&src=tptw
 Obama’s Department of Justice told Bank of America: http://dailybail.com/home/how-attorney-general-eric-holder-colluded-with-bank-of-ameri.html
 this: http://www.salon.com/2011/02/15/hunton_williams_wikileaks_chamber/
 trying to figure out how to shut down: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/nsa-director-threatens-reporters.html
 America: http://www.vice.com/read/the-us-government-wants-the-media-to-stop-covering-barrett-brown
 Yemen: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/25/yemeni_reporter_who_exposed_us_drone
 more than any other administration in history: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/top-constitutional-experts-obama-is-worse-than-nixon.html
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