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Breaking the law — intentionally or otherwise

March 19, 2014

When elected officials intentionally refuse to release public information, do they realize they are breaking the law? As Sunshine Week continues, The Inter-Mountain celebrates local agencies that......

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TruthSeeker

Apr-10-14 9:25 AM

I see 5 liberals refuse to comment or counter-debate the FACTS of Obama's tampering with the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) secretly while proclaiming he'd have the most transparent administration. PFFT! Liars never succeed. They always FAIL and land head first into their own cesspool in the end. It's happening now as dems keep getting voted out of recent elections.

When you PROVE yourself unfit for office and PROVE you're deceitful and incompetent to lead a nation based on laws...your position WILL be terminated. Enjoy YOUR unemployment progressives in November. Of course you've all enriched yourselves with bribed and insider trading information so it's not anything like what citizens are going through after Obama's job killing policies. Maybe his policies will cause wall street to take another hit and take away over half of their ill-gotten gains. THAT would be justice!

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TopGun

Mar-21-14 6:36 AM

It does my heart good to see a died in the wool Democrat like Joe claiming it was 8 years of mismanagement that brought on this nightmare we call Obamaland. He's destroyed more jobs since he's been in office than the last ten presidents, and it's someone else's fault. This one my friend, falls squarely in the Democrat's lap.

As for the race baiting, no one is better at it than the Democrats. They've been playing the blacks in this country for suckers for decades, and setting traps for anyone who says anything, making them out to be the racist, rather than pointing the fingers at the real culprits. They are consistent though. Still blaming someone else for their follies. They are seeing the results of their handiwork with lost support and no money to finance their campaigns. It's catching up with them and they're shaking in their boots.

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Rangerover

Mar-20-14 4:19 PM

Well I got kinda cut off from the punch line, <and they learn from there at least until they get caught>. They get away with deceiving and back door, private phone, and email meetings. News media are mostly liberal as been noted so some of us have to turn to the Web for the other side of conversation of politics, phew, politics stink. What get's my shorts in a knot is when a politician takes the oath of office and to uphold the Constitution and Bill of Rights, then tries to change or ignore the very oath he took, "so help me God"! Glad I ain't a politician when it comes time to meet Him and explain myself. I got enough sin of my own to worry about though, whether I sinned "intentionally or otherwise".

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Rangerover

Mar-20-14 4:10 PM

This "Breaking the law" is like Jesus saying "He who is free from sin, cast the first stone". And who do we look for or up to for honest answer's, the leaders of our Nation. Our POTUS was given the honor of having told the worst lie of 2013, 2012, 2011, when he changed or knew of the changes but kept the promise's in full swing every microphone he stood behind, Lois Learner, IRS, her emails have proven what she won't admit to. Sebelius, no different! Eric Holder "didn't know had no idea". Nobody fired! And we worry with good cause of what lower branch's of Government in our states are doing, it comes from the top down folks. Politicians we all know lie to get elected, I've seen it for my whole life through, I am now 70 years old, don't believe a word they say, how awful to be that way, but I've seen enough! I do believe our local leaders look up to Washington and State level politicians and see what they get away with, and they learn from there,at least t

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TruthSeeker

Mar-20-14 6:34 AM

The TRUTH will set you free.

And the TRUTH is becoming clearer.

Two elections; one in Florida (Democrat LOSES!) and one this week in Pennsylvania (Democrat AND Repub loses!) Tea party business owner WINS!

See, the TRUTH will cause you to see more clearly the lies you're being fed via liberal media!

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TopGun

Mar-20-14 6:34 AM

What this article is leading up to is a previous article about printing the names of Concealed Carry holders. It has nothing to do with the public's right to know, or the constitution. It's their anti-gun agenda, and exposing gun owners to criminal intent by letting the criminals know who has permits, even though printing their names puts them at risk and could cost them their life.

It's going to take someone taking the Intermountain to court after being injured over their insistence in publishing those names. It has nothing to do with constitutionality or freedom of the press, but rather their prejudice towards those who choose to exercise their constitutional right to protect themselves.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-20-14 6:32 AM

And FINALLY:

“FOIA is designed to inform the public on government behavior; White House equities allow the government to withhold information from the media, and therefore the public, by having media requests forwarded for review. This not only politicizes federal agencies, it impairs fundamental First Amendment liberties,” Cause of Action said in its report.

Yeah, THIS is the TRUTHFULLNESS of Obama's promised "transparency." Just one of MANY lies this president has told. His administration is the 'most secretive' administration ever. Of course he has the MOST to hide! Unfortunate for him, it's not a secret anymore. No thanks to corrupt news media who 'refuse' to report, investigate or ask questions of this administration!

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TruthSeeker

Mar-20-14 6:30 AM

“Cause of Action is still waiting for documents from 16 federal agencies, with the Department of Treasury having the longest pending request of 202 business days,” the watchdog group’s report said. “The Department of Energy is a close second at 169 business days. The requests to the Department of Defense and Department of Health and Human Services have been pending for 138 business days,” the report added. Although the Craig memo is from 2009, it has only recently come to light thanks to Cause of Action’s report. The group, which monitors government transparency issues, argues that the White House’s tampering of FOIA is a major deal.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-20-14 6:29 AM

Under normal FOIA guidelines, government agencies are required to respond to requests within 20 days. But the White House “equities” exemption had made that nearly impossible in at least a few cases. Take, for example, a case where an L.A. Times reporter requested that the Department of the Interior provide “communications between the White House and high-ranking Interior officials on various politically sensitive topics.” That request was delayed by nearly two years.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-20-14 6:29 AM

The Craig “equities” exception is remarkably broad, covering everything from congressional committee requests, to GAO requests, to judicial subpoenas. The memo noted that the exception “applies to all documents and records, whether in oral, paper, or electronic form, that relate to communications to and from the White House, including preparations for such communications.”

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TruthSeeker

Mar-20-14 6:28 AM

However, nowhere in the FOIA does it say that White House officials can withhold certain documents for further review, meaning that the Obama administration effectively altered the law to justify burying public documents, the Washington Examiner notes.

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TruthSeeker

Mar-20-14 6:28 AM

The FOIA change came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig, according to the Washington Examiner, citing a new report from Washington-based watchdog group Cause of Action. In the memo, Craig instructed the executive branch to let Obama administration officials review all documents sought under FOIA requests to determine if said documents involved “White House equities.”

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TruthSeeker

Mar-20-14 6:25 AM

Yeah and the Intermountain like all the news media outlets today aren't being totally 'transparent' either! Otherwise they'd REPORT on Obama's 'secret' changes made in 2009 to the FOIA (Freedom of Information ACT!) In a move that went little noticed in 2009, the White House quietly amended portions of the Freedom of Information Act, making it more difficult for Americans to request public documents for review. (Continued)

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