So Much For “The Most Open And Transparent Administration Ever”

Foxy News:

Obama administration officials threatened whistle-blowers on Benghazi, lawyer says

At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information about the Benghazi attacks to Congress, Fox News has learned.

Victoria Toensing, a former Justice Department official and Republican counsel to the Senate Intelligence Committee, is now representing one of the State Department employees. She told Fox News her client and some of the others, who consider themselves whistle-blowers, have been threatened by unnamed Obama administration officials.

“I’m not talking generally, I’m talking specifically about Benghazi – that people have been threatened,” Toensing said in an interview Monday. “And not just the State Department. People have been threatened at the CIA.”

I am not being inconsistent.

This is not a case of a disgruntled army private leaking classified information to Wikileaks. These are career government employees (who are supposed to be protected from political pressure and reprisals) talking to members of Congress.

There is this thing called “congressional oversight” that the Founding Fathers put in the Constitution. It was intended to be a mechanism for our elected representatives to keep the Executive branch in check. Obama has been following the Bush policy of treating Congress like mushrooms – he wants to keep them in the dark and feed them bullshit.

So much for “the most open and transparent administration ever”.

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97 Responses to So Much For “The Most Open And Transparent Administration Ever”

  1. votermom says:

    I’m glad whistleblowers are coming out but scared they’ll be shut down.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      ….the thing with whistleblowers is no one “shuts down” a whistleblower unless there’s something to blow a whistle at. Logic 101: FAIL.

      • 49erDweet (D) says:

        I’m thinking there’s so much smoke here it’s GOT to be a major, major problem. Somebody was getting something they weren’t supposed to be getting, on the down low, and it all “went south”. No other explanation covers the scope of the denial factor here, IMO.

        • Constance says:

          I agree with you, it has to be major. I am betting it was Egyptians who attacked in Benghazi and that the Obots were going to let our Ambassador be captured and then trade him for the Blind Sheik who they desperately want to trade off to Egypt because….I don’t know why but they (Obots not our country) would benefit from it.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      Or have a tragic accident???

  2. votermom says:

    How Sarah Palin Is Right About Washington
    By Margaret Carlson
    We call it the “nerd prom,” hoping that a dose of irony will inoculate us. But there’s no use denying it: The White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner is a deeply narcissistic event.
    I realize I’m jumping on the bandwagon late here — and any bandwagon that carries both Tom Brokaw and Sarah Palin is by definition crowded. This year it got so full that the current officers of the association started to sound like Miss America wishing for world peace: All they wanted to do, they said, was raise money for scholarships for aspiring journalists.
    An inordinate amount of time was spent congratulating themselves for having raised more than $100,000 for journalism students. The return on investment is laughable. The weekend costs media organizations millions of dollars.

    • Lulu says:

      Might Ms Carlson be getting a clue? She has written for several bankrupt magazines as I recall. Her drivel helped drive them under.

    • Constance says:

      Oh good, I’m glad she dropped Sarah Palin’s name in there as it makes it certain that the liberal idiots in the media will read it.

  3. Somebody says:

    This administration doesn’t play. I don’t hold out much hope for the whistleblowers. They’ll most likely be fired on other grounds, making it that much harder to go to court and try and get their job back or their pension.

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      If our beloved leader would only treat Americans as he does rogue nations and rogue nations as he currently treats us, wouldn’t THAT be something?

    • Constance says:

      But whistleblowing is a personality trait that just becomes more determined the more you try to shut them up. Once their decision is made to talk they won’t be stopped. Besides there are undoubtedly people who are unfriendly to Obama and his minions who would help any Benghazi informers recover their lives. Of course any Benghazi informers would likely be taking down Hillary with Obama since she jumped in lined and started lying, deceiving and stone walling immediately.

      • Somebody says:

        I seriously doubt people unfriendly would help the whistle blowers recover their lives. They’ll pick up the initial tab for attorneys and what not at this stage, but once they’ve outlived their usefulness they’ll be dropped like a bad habit.

        It’s even entirely possible that a few of them might be offered jobs, but those jobs won’t last more than a few years. That’s not enough to recover from losing a career and pension.

  4. votermom says:

    Hope #Benghazi trends on Twitter because of this report by fox

  5. Lulu says:

    Isn’t this what the organized crime lords do to squealers? I think some form of the Mafia is in the WH. Can this WH be RICO’ed?

    • 49erDweet (D) says:

      Not when you consider Holder equals RICO Insurance.

      • Lulu says:

        True that. I guess the H of R could run a RICO in committee. Hire old creep Giuliani to run Benghazi-RICO hearings as counsel. It could be like the Gong Show.

  6. votermom says:

    Maybe Putin can give the #Benghazi whistleblowers political asylum?
    Shld I tweet that?

  7. votermom says:

  8. myiq2xu says:

    POUTUS Presser at 7:15 am eastern

    Somebody watch it and take notes for me.

  9. yttik says:

    This is off topic, but Seattle is getting ready for potential May day protests. Anarchists, immigration, labor, have traditionally protested on that day and the anarchists have destroyed property. So the media interviews several people who explain that they are really concerned about…..Nazis and Tea Partiers showing up! It’s totally bizarre. In my lifetime, I have never seen Nazis or Tea Partiers marching in Seattle. We’re also concerned about increased attacks on Muslims. The only incident they can find as an example was a few months ago some gang bangers tagged the side of an Islamic school with some spray paint.

    It’s like a completely manufactured reality that has no basis in fact. One thing worse than no transparency is this propaganda that so many people seem to be sucking right up.

  10. myiq2xu says:
  11. swanspirit says:

    Watching this asshat is like watching a pig wallow in his own sh*t . He had so much fun at the Narcissist dinner he wanted another spot behind the podium . He is about as interesting as used toilet paper .

  12. HELENK says:

    backtrack not familiar with threats against whistleblowers

    I am 21 and look like Linda Darnell

  13. HELENK says:

    not sure where backtrack went to school, but he did not get much American history and looks like his speech writers did not either

  14. DeniseVB says:


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  16. HELENK says:

    a couple of good pictures

  17. HELENK says:

    judicial watch files three new lawsuits against backtrack bunch for concealing Benghazi

    • yttik says:

      “It is always amazing how many serious issues are not discussed seriously, but instead simply generate assertions and counter-assertions. On television talk shows, people on opposite sides often just try to shout each other down.”

      Is that ever the truth! I mourn the loss of logic, reason, and debate. Also sad about the passing of common sense.

      There’s a bumper sticker I kind of like that says, “don’t believe everything you think.” That’s what being truly open minded and tolerant is all about. It used to be a liberal value.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    The zings keep coming ….

    • Probably a “trial balloon”. Show of hands, how many think the guy will be pardoned just before the power of the presidency is pried from someone’s cold, dead fingers? OK, y’all in the back of the room can sit down, now.

  19. HELENK says:

    those who do the tweet thing can really have fun with this one

  20. HELENK says:

    this makes my cry, but it should not be forgotten

  21. HELENK says:

    this is an odd ruling.
    supreme court : states can deny FOIAs from out of state residents

    • I think that has to do with a mysterious doctrine (known only to those in on the secret handshake) called “standing”, which means if you don’t have enough money to hire a rich and powerful attorney you don’t have it – or something along those lines.

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    • votermom says:

      Sounds risky. I hope his attorney is doing right by him.

      • myiq2xu says:

        I think the reason is that Zim doesn’t just want to get the case dismissed, he wants vindication. If a judge ruled in favor of a SYG motion Zim would be crucified by the media. They feel confident that a jury will find him not guilty.

        Strategically I like the idea. In most cases all this would take place outside the glaring media spotlight. But if Zim goes into a SYG hearing and loses, the Trayvonites will treat it as a guilty verdict and it could easily taint the jury.

  24. votermom says:

    I literally said omigawd when I read this tweet. LOL

    • myiq2xu says:

      Mexican jails are real shitholes. So I hear.

      Fresno jail is crowded, smelly and noisy. So is Merced’s. Madera has a pretty nice jail – fairly new and not crowded.

      Both of the prisons I have been in (Avenal, VSPW) were about the same – “Penal institutions” where terminal boredom is the biggest danger.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Don’t ask me about the food because I never stayed in any of them long enough to get hungry.

      • Being as it’s next door, thought you might have a review of Chowchilla for our enlightenment. 🙂

        • myiq2xu says:

          Never been there but I was in VSPW next door. When I was there is was a women’s prison but it’s been converted to a men’s facility now.

        • Got it. When we moved from Madera County back before time began they hadn’t yet built VSPW and had never heard that name.

        • Jadzia says:

          One of my colleagues at the last LAW FIRM I worked at in LA spent a coupla years in Chowchilla. After he did his time, the firm welcomed him back with open arms. That was about a year before they pushed me out for getting pregnant. Anyway, he didn’t seem much the worse for wear.

        • Was it Chowchilla or VSP, which are across the road from each other? Because Chowchilla has always been a women’s prison, so that wouldn’t explain the “not being the worse for wear” thing. 🙂

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