Democrat Government Executives Fall Victim to Zombie Apocalypse – Open Item
The zombies we are talking about here would be those who can’t bear to live in the sunlight, like those from “I, Legend” starring Will Smith. I have no other explanation for the way Democrat appointees in President Obama’s administration do everything they can to avoid scrutiny of their actions.
While there have been ongoing issues with sunlight and transparency as it relates to federal government officials and their email correspondence for some time, the most recent revelation has come as a result of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s investigation of Lois Lerner, the former government executive at the heart of the investigations of conservative organizations like Tea Party groups. You may have noticed the item from Fox News yesterday linked on the Drudge Report that indicates there is evidence Lerner had forwarded a number of messages with government documents to her home email address.
In fairness to Lerner there are explanations for this kind of activity that are completely innocent. People who are not familiar with technology may not understand or want to use a virtual private network (or VPN) to securely access their government files when not directly connected to their office’s network. It could be that she wanted to read something on her mobile device on the way home or at a coffee shop and she didn’t have her government address linked to a mobile device. That said, as Oversight Committee Chairman Darrel Issa (R-CA) mentions in the Fox News piece, it could be a way to try and avoid the scrutiny of public records requests.
This news comes on the heels of administration officials setting up alternative email addresses within various federal agencies. Jack Gillum with the Associated Press wrote back in June about several of President Obama’s appointees to the Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services had secondary, secret email addresses that the agencies were, shall we say less than willing to provide. This story broke after President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson was criticized last year for actually setting up an email address under an alternate name – Richard Windsor. In some cases Admin. Jackson actually corresponded with people and didn’t correct their misconception that they were writing to someone other than a government employee named Richard Windsor. These actions certainly contrast with President Obama’s having one of the most “transparent” administrations in history.
Here’s a clip of Jon Stewart of The Daily Show from 2011 sharing his thoughts on government transparency as it related to President Obama’s administration (note, some offensive language):
If you’ve been following our coverage of how Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz’s office has handled our public records request, you’ll know that her office has been less than forthcoming about the availability of public records when they weren’t requested by someone in the press they were working with to get out a story, like Tom LoBiondo of the Associated Press – the same organization who exposed federal official’s efforts to avoid government scrutiny. We are still waiting for any response other than a confirmation that our request had been received. We can only hope Supt. Ritz and her staff are more open to government transparency than their federal counterparts.