It’s very clear that Obama puts a low priority on transparency. Candidate Obama promised transparency. President Obama talks as if he has delivered it. People paying close attention know he hasn’t.
The case Mike Riggs of Reason magazine makes is pretty strong. I’ve been making this case since Obama spiked his Transparency Czar position in 2010 and handed that portfolio over to a partisan lawyer with a long history of open antagonism towards transparency.
Even more concerning is the amount spent on “classifying” information, which rose $1.2 billion to $11.36 billion last year, but the estimate leaves out key intelligence operations.
The Information Security Oversight Office’s (ISOO) 2011 cost report discloses a 12 percent increase from 2010 for the security classification systems of 41 executive branch agencies, including the Department of Defense (DoD). But the report did not tally money spent by some of the most secretive government agencies like Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Security Agency (NSA).