The White House owes us some answersby Stephen Gordon
“The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.” — President Barack Obama
Along with other plaintiffs, talk radio host Michael Savage has sued Homeland Security Secretary Janet Reno and Attorney General Eric Holder for their roles in this issue. While I don’t agree with the social agenda of the group bringing about the suit, at least they are attacking the issue on constitutional grounds.
Several questions occurred to me before I clicked the “send” button on the now infamous DHS report on right-wing extremism:
- Did Janet Napolitano, Eric Holder or Barack Obama know about the report in advance?
- Who was the highest level person to know of the report? Who authorized it to be released?
- Why was the report issued (and released) when it was? Did the timing have anything to do with Tea Parties planned across the country?
Hopefully, we’ll learn a lot more during the discovery phase of this suit. Since President Obama repeatedly mentioned government transparency on the campaign trail, I’m sure the White House will be releasing these details to the general public over the next day or two.