Obama administration censoring records more than ever before - News and Current Events | futures io social day trading
futures io futures trading


Obama administration censoring records more than ever before
Updated: Views / Replies:104 / 0
Created: by kbit Attachments:0

Welcome to futures io.

(If you already have an account, login at the top of the page)

futures io is the largest futures trading community on the planet, with over 90,000 members. At futures io, our goal has always been and always will be to create a friendly, positive, forward-thinking community where members can openly share and discuss everything the world of trading has to offer. The community is one of the friendliest you will find on any subject, with members going out of their way to help others. Some of the primary differences between futures io and other trading sites revolve around the standards of our community. Those standards include a code of conduct for our members, as well as extremely high standards that govern which partners we do business with, and which products or services we recommend to our members.

At futures io, our focus is on quality education. No hype, gimmicks, or secret sauce. The truth is: trading is hard. To succeed, you need to surround yourself with the right support system, educational content, and trading mentors – all of which you can find on futures io, utilizing our social trading environment.

With futures io, you can find honest trading reviews on brokers, trading rooms, indicator packages, trading strategies, and much more. Our trading review process is highly moderated to ensure that only genuine users are allowed, so you don’t need to worry about fake reviews.

We are fundamentally different than most other trading sites:
  • We are here to help. Just let us know what you need.
  • We work extremely hard to keep things positive in our community.
  • We do not tolerate rude behavior, trolling, or vendors advertising in posts.
  • We firmly believe in and encourage sharing. The holy grail is within you, we can help you find it.
  • We expect our members to participate and become a part of the community. Help yourself by helping others.

You'll need to register in order to view the content of the threads and start contributing to our community.  It's free and simple.

-- Big Mike, Site Administrator

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 

Obama administration censoring records more than ever before

  #1 (permalink)
Elite Member
Aurora, Il USA
 
Futures Experience: Advanced
Platform: TradeStation
Favorite Futures: futures
 
kbit's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,872 since Nov 2010
Thanks: 3,301 given, 3,332 received

Obama administration censoring records more than ever before

Despite promising he’d preside over the most transparent administration in United States history, President Barack Obama’s White House is setting new records with regards to not releasing government documents.

Never mind Obama’s assurances on the campaign trail and the vow he made in 2009 about being “committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” Journalists at the Associated Press say that their research indicates that the US government has withheld more information from ever under the authority of Pres. Obama.

Journalists Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis have been investigating just how hard it is to successfully request documents from the White House through the US Freedom of Information Act, and in an article published by the AP on Sunday they wrote that the current administration “more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them.”

“The administration cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy,” they wrote. “Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests, the analysis found.”

According to the AP’s research, the Obama administration has exhibited anything but what the president promised with regards to maintaining an open and transparent White House.

Last year’s National Security Agency revelations without a doubt rekindled interest in the secrecy with which the US operate and has caused a number of calls for reform from the likes of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. And even though Pres. Obama has advocated on his own part in the months since for some sort of reform to the way the NSA does business, the AP’s report suggests that the current administration is continuing to largely censor information sought by the public and the press.

In 2013, the AP acknowledged, the US government cited “national security” a record 8,496 times as a reason to withhold documents requested through FOIA filings. Relying on that excuse in 2013 to avoid handing over documents demonstrated a 57 percent increase when compared to statistics from a year earlier, the AP found, suggesting that the NSA revelations have indeed caused Americans to be more interested in ever in the way their government operates.

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

U.S. President Barack Obama (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque)

The NSA alone, the AP reported, saw a surge in requests of roughly 138 percent last year, largely from Americans who wanted to know if their telephony metadata and other information was among the intelligence routinely collected by the surveillance programs exposed by former contractor Edward Snowden last year.

In all, the AP said, citizens, journalists, businesses and others made a record 704,394 requests for information last year — or 8 percent more than what occurred in the previous year.

Despite this, though, the government responded to only 678,391 of those requests last year — an increase of 2 percent from the previous year — completely ignoring tens-of-thousands of requests.

Even when the government did respond, paperwork was largely edited to keep certain information under wraps.

“The AP analysis showed that the government more than ever censored materials it turned over or fully denied access to them, in 244,675 cases or 36 percent of all requests. On 196,034 other occasions, the government said it couldn't find records, a person refused to pay for copies or the government determined the request to be unreasonable or improper,” the journalists wrote.

“The AP counted more than 700,000 FOIA requests in 2013. Of those requests, 36 percent were denied or the documents provided were censored,” they added.

At least two elected officials — US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) — were willing to go on the record for the AP’s report and rally against the eroding ability to access government documents.

"I'm concerned the growing trend toward relying upon FOIA exemptions to withhold large swaths of government information is hindering the public's right to know," Leahy told the AP. "It becomes too much of a temptation. If you screw up in government, just mark it top secret."

"The public is frustrated and unhappy with the pace of responses and the amount of information provided," added Blumenthal. "There's a common reaction for anybody who has any experience with it that it doesn't function well."

Others, however, say the government’s response is better than ever. According to the AP, the White House said that the government has answered FOIA requests faster than ever before, but Gillum and Bridis acknowledged that the administration “did not immediately explain how it determined that.”

Obama administration censoring records more than ever before ? RT USA

Reply With Quote

Reply



futures io > > > > Obama administration censoring records more than ever before

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



Upcoming Webinars and Events (4:30PM ET unless noted)

Jigsaw Trading: TBA

Elite only

FuturesTrader71: TBA

Elite only

NinjaTrader: TBA

Jan 18

RandBots: TBA

Jan 23

GFF Brokers & CME Group: Futures & Bitcoin

Elite only

Adam Grimes: TBA

Elite only

Ran Aroussi: TBA

Elite only
     

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Obama administration urges freer access to cellphone records kbit News and Current Events 1 May 3rd, 2012 08:06 PM
Obama administration to move forward with closing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac kbit News and Current Events 0 February 4th, 2012 02:35 PM
Obama Administration Finds Few Asian Takers for Oil Sanctions Against Iran kbit News and Current Events 0 January 16th, 2012 02:18 PM
Black Friday Gun Sales Break Records Quick Summary News and Current Events 0 December 3rd, 2011 11:30 PM
Obama Administration Fights to Save Healthcare Law Quick Summary News and Current Events 0 May 10th, 2011 08:50 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:56 PM.

Copyright © 2017 by futures io, s.a., Av Ricardo J. Alfaro, Century Tower, Panama, +507 833-9432, info@futures.io
All information is for educational use only and is not investment advice.
There is a substantial risk of loss in trading commodity futures, stocks, options and foreign exchange products. Past performance is not indicative of future results.
no new posts
Page generated 2017-12-13 in 0.07 seconds with 19 queries on phoenix via your IP 54.90.92.204