Obama administration most scandal-ridden in history?
We know that the Obama administration has prosecuted more ‘leakers’ (ostensibly for national security reasons but many of those being prosecuted did not leak classified info) than all of the previous administrations. In fact, the number of prosecutions of administration leakers they’ve got going is more than all of the previous 43 presidential administrations combined.
Now it turns out that the administration that promised to be the most transparent in history may be the most corrupt in history. Bush had the weapons of mass destruction issue, Clinton had Monica, Reagan had Iran-Contra, and Nixon, of course, had Watergate — small potatoes to what the current administration has been up to.
There’s the Benghazi cover-up that I’ve been covering here and, with a lot more whistleblowers wanting to come forward but blocked by the administration so far from even talking with their lawyers, that is going to get much deeper.
The IRS scandal is about to really explode and it looks like there may be a tie-in with the Department of Justice going after the private details of reporters at the AP breaking scandal: At least one news anchor suddenly and immediately became IRS targets after conducting interviews with Obama in which they asked ‘hard’ questions eschewed by the vast majority of their lap-dog comrades.
The IRS went on a partisan reign of terror against at least 500 conservative or suspected-to-be-conservative non-profits, including every single group with Tea Party in the name, as well as Jewish groups they suspected of being pro-Israel. Revelations today are that they not only targeted these groups but that they gave confidential ‘not to be released to the public’ information about 9 groups that had only applied and not yet been granted 501c status to a Progressive action group, including confidential, private information about the members and their families. The progressive-leaning investigative journalism group ProPublica has done the right thing and come forward saying, hey they gave us information that they shouldn’t have. Of course, they didn’t come forward at the time — it is only now, when journalists of all but the most partisan, are getting a bit worried about the way the administration has gone after folks and are wondering if they could be next in the future.
Oh and they have gone after journalists. I posted numerous times about the punitive actions they took several years ago against the reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle who dared to go off the reservation with a question and many others.
This administration, far from being the most transparent has been the least transparent in history. They have been waging, literally from gaining office, a war against free speech in the press and political speech. Until now, they’ve been largely successful in creating a chilling effect within journalism.
It is much more insidious than that. The scandals that are breaking now from Benghazi through to their actions toward the AP reporters cannot and should not be seen as separate scandals because they’ve got two common threads running through them: The shutting down of opposing information and views and the fact that they cross departments — it is not just one rogue IRS agent or office, it is not just the DOJ going rogue, it is not just the State Department or the CIA. It is all of them and there is more. Post coming soon (I think I can get it done by Friday but don’t hold me to that) connecting the dots and the very frightening implications of what they are trying to do — and are well on the way to getting in place.
Oh yeah. and watch for the breaking EPA scandal…