In a commentary on the diminished hope of President Obama’s second term, Cathleen Carroll, executive editor of Associated Press, said Monday that Obama should not use ‘National Security’ to conceal transparency.
Once upon time, journalists expected more of the president.
“Obama made clear on his first day in office in 2009 that his emphasis would be on transparency, and he vowed that all questions about the workings of government should be expected to yield answers,” Carroll told a media conference in the United Arab Emirates.
“Today President Obama’s record on transparency might be considered mixed,” Carroll went on. “While it is easier to get some information from some parts of the U.S. government, in others, simple questions get stuck in the gears and are never answered,” Carroll said adding that other requests for information from his administration and governments around the world are denied for national security reasons.”
Exhibit A: More than 1,100 CIA records related to the assassination of President Kennedy--and every one of them is denied for reasons of “national security”
Exhibit B: Obama’s disclosure policy too weak to force disclosure of 1944 memo. (Jan. 16, 2014)