During President Obama’s first remarks at the White House in 2009, he promised to make his administration transparent so that “We the People” could hold our government accountable.
Obama said, “The way to make government responsible is to hold it accountable. And the way to make government accountable is make it transparent so that the American people can know exactly what decisions are being made, how they’re being made, and whether their interests are being well served.”
On the White House website, Obama’s memorandum describes his commitments to achieve transparency in government.
Tragically, just one week after Obama was re-elected, we’re finding out that someone in the administration edited the CIA’s original assessment of al-Qaeda’s involvement in the horrific Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans.
We were all misled by the true nature of the attack when the edited CIA assessment was used by UN Ambassador Susan Rice on numerous news programs.
And that’s not all.
The Hill reported on the great work of Chris Horner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute that has led to an investigation by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee about whether Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson conducted official business using alias email accounts including using the name “Richard Windsor.”
This investigation raises serious questions about the motivation and integrity of Jackson.
Going forward we must continue to expose President Obama’s dismal record of transparency and demand a government that is accountable to all Americans.
Transparency is not a Republican or Democrat issue – it’s a matter of right and wrong.