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    WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data finds the Obama administration in its final year spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The Obama administration also set a record -- for a second consecutive year -- for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page of files that were requested.

    And it set records for outright denying access to files and refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy.
    The AP on Monday settled its 2015 lawsuit against the State
    Department for files about Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state and received $150,546 from the department to cover part of its legal fees.

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    Postymiepair will have a sensible answer for all of this.

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    • #3
      A record number of requests would be the obvious explanation, which is why I was unsurprised to find that information in the article.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by AnalHamster View Post
        A record number of requests would be the obvious explanation, which is why I was unsurprised to find that information in the article.
        This

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        • #5
          A little more on the numbers:

          WASHINGTON (AP) - http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-us...n-asked-2016-3

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AnalHamster View Post
            A record number of requests would be the obvious explanation, which is why I was unsurprised to find that information in the article.
            The Obama Administration went out of their way to classify an insane number of documents in order to hide the info from the media and FOIA requests. So yeah, that's going to result in a record number of requests.

            Of course all of this was done while laughably maintaining a public persona that pretend to be all about transparency.

            [quote]The number of derivative classifications

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            • #7
              I expect the simmering ODS amongst the conservatives accounts for a fair portion of the record number of requests, there were probably thousands for his birth certificate. I don't think it was a particularly open administration, but it wouldn't surprise me if it actually were the most open one to date, that's really not a high bar.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AnalHamster View Post
                I expect the simmering ODS amongst the conservatives accounts for a fair portion of the record number of requests, there were probably thousands for his birth certificate. I don't think it was a particularly open administration, but it wouldn't surprise me if it actually were the most open one to date, that's really not a high bar.
                Not even close.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by on2muchcoffee View Post
                  Not even close.
                  Well you have certainly convinced me there with that thoroughly researched and detailed explanation of the relative openness of previous administrations.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AnalHamster View Post
                    I expect the simmering ODS amongst the conservatives accounts for a fair portion of the record number of requests, there were probably thousands for his birth certificate. I don't think it was a particularly open administration, but it wouldn't surprise me if it actually were the most open one to date, that's really not a high bar.
                    Not to mention how any credibility the ODS'ers had about calling for "transparency" pretty much went out the window after the absolute zero fucks they give about Trump's taxes or even minimal questioning of any of the associations of his appointments. Transparency is a punchline they like to use because Obama had the audacity to even pretend to care about it in the beginning of his term....in comes Trump and they're willing to hand over the keys to the castle no questions asked about any of his dealings or associations or conflicts. Transparency...its for the other side to answer for...not theirs.

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                    • #11
                      Ah, so this is just another bitter cuntery thread by Coffee. Didn't he complain about all the daily Chump hit pieces being posted by someone here ?

                      His contardian reaction ? Post more Obama hit pieces. Brilliant way to show how "different" he is.
                      LOLZ

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                      • #12
                        how is that Flynn investigation coming along?

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                        • #13
                          Bookended by the Bush and Trump administrations, I'm sure this transparency issue is going to cause a lot of people to think less of Obama lololololololol

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AnalHamster View Post

                            Well you have certainly convinced me there with that thoroughly researched and detailed explanation of the relative openness of previous administrations.
                            Plenty of comparative articles out there that are a pain to link on a phone, especially with the current forum issues.

                            I expected the Dims here to come running to their God's defense, but I also expect the bar has been moved and Trump will be worse.
                            Defenders often do more harm by defending stupid because it sets precedence.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by on2muchcoffee View Post

                              Plenty of comparative articles out there that are a pain to link on a phone, especially with the current forum issues.

                              I expected the Dims here to come running to their God's defense, but I also expect the bar has been moved and Trump will be worse.
                              Defenders often do more harm by defending stupid because it sets precedence.
                              Someday ethics will matter to Republicans again. I'm not interested or worried about this issue within the Obama admin because for about 6 years the checks and balances against the admin from the court and Congress were heavily weighted against the admin and they still didn't have a scandal worthy of firing, censuring or prosecuting anyone of note in the administration.

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