Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Holder & Obama, No 'Openness', No 'Transparency'

Barack Obama and Eric Holder Then:

"For a long time now there’s been too much secrecy in this city."
Barack Obama - January, 2009

"Americans deserve a government that operates with transparency and openness."
Eric Holder - March, 2009

Barack Obama and Eric Holder Now:
The Obama administration is reportedly set to announce the release onto U.S. soil of at least some of the 17 Uighur detainees currently being held at Gitmo. All 17 are members or associates of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party (ETIP), a designated terrorist organization with ties to al Qaeda. The pending release of the detainees has caused widespread debate and concern.

According to Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-VA), Attorney General Eric Holder is preventing members of Congress from receiving a full briefing on the Uighurs and the threat they may pose.

“I have asked for briefings from career employees at the FBI, CIA, and Department of Homeland Security – and have been told by each agency that the Attorney General will not allow them to meet with me,” Wolf told THE WEEKLY STANDARD. “What is the Attorney General hiding? This is not the transparency and accountability the president promised, nor is it the open and constructive relationship he claims to want with Congress."

Most, if not all, of the Uighur detainees were trained at a camp in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, prior to the September 11 attacks.... -
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Oh well, maybe there won't be that much "transparency", after all...