Most Transparent Administration Ever

In yet another disproof of Obama’s claim to have the most transparent administration in American history, the commission formed to expose fraud and waste in contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan has classified its findings for the next twenty years.

The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan has decided to not reveal its full findings and materials to the public for another two decades, despite its stated purposes of investigating and exposing government waste.

The Commission has been at work for three years, revealing that up to $60 billion in US war funds were lost due to waste, fraud, and abuse. One report concluded that “criminal behavior and blatant corruption” were directly responsible for much of the waste in the expensive “reconstruction”projects in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002. It also found that one in every six contracting and grant dollars spent in Iraq and Afghanistan has been wasted.

But the Commission now says it won’t allow its full records to be opened to the public at the National Archives until 2031, because, according to one official, some of the documents contain “sensitive information.” Evidence of government theft, profligacy, criminality, and waste is indeed sensitive information. That revealing these things was the purpose of the Commission seems lost on those deciding to hide important information from Americans.

I suspect they’re defining “sensitive” here to mean “embarrassing to government officials and agencies and to the companies that donate large amounts of money to those who vote on defense budgets.”

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  • fastlane

    Who watches the watchmen, indeed.

    We’re soooooo fucked.

  • Crudely Wrott

    I suspect they’re defining “sensitive” here to mean “embarrassing to government officials and agencies and to the companies that donate large amounts of money to those who vote on defense budgets.”

    Can anyone think of a better reason to release the Commission’s findings?

    I can’t.

    Public exposure and the certainty of extreme embarrassment and loss of face and profit are wonderfully effective deterrents of the exact sort of behavior that necessitated the formation of the Commission in the first place.

    Another sorry exercise in wasteful and pointless political posturing.

    Thanks for nothing, Obama!

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Is 20 years the statute of limitations, or something? Any bets?

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  • anthonyallen

    Isn’t transparency in a given administration a relative thing? I could easily say that I’m the oldest person in the building, and that would be true until the cleaning staff shows up in a couple of hours.

    It’s almost reasonable to say that the Obama administration could cover up twice what it has, and still be among the most transparent administrations in American history.

    Just sayin’

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