Contrary to Its Claims of “Openness” and “Transparency”, This Administration Is the Most Secretive and Closed EVER

New York Times Executive Editor and Veteran Reporters: Obama Administrative Most Secretive EVER

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says:

This is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term.

I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.

[Q: And do you think this comes directly from the president?]

I would think that it would have to. I don’t know that, but certainly enough attention has been focused on this issue that, if he departed from the policies of his government, I think we’d know that at this point.

Abramson is not alone …

Veteran CNN, New York Times and CBS reporters say that the Obama Administration is the most “manipulative”, “the most closed, control freak”, “secretive”, “hostile to media” in history. 

While Obama says he’s running the most transparent administration ever, he’s actually running the most secretive administration ever (background).

The government has taken to protecting criminal wrongdoing by attacking whistleblowers … and any journalists who have the nerve to report on the beans spilled by the whistleblowers.  (The government has also repealed long-standing laws against using propaganda against Americans on U.S. soil, and the government is manipulating social media – more proof here and here).

The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined.

And it goes out of its way to smear whistleblowers, threaten reporters who discuss whistleblower information and harass honest analysts.

Journalism is not only being criminalized in America, but investigative reporting is actually treated like terrorism.

The government admits that journalists could be targeted with counter-terrorism laws (and here). For example, after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge

After the government’s spying on the Associated Press made it clear to everyone that the government is trying to put a chill journalism, the senior national-security correspondent for Newsweek tweeted:

Serious idea. Instead of calling it Obama’s war on whistleblowers, let’s just call it what it is: Obama’s war on journalism.


  • The Bush White House worked hard to smear CIA officers, bloggers and anyone else who criticized the Iraq war

And the American government has been instrumental in locking up journalists in America (and here), Yemen and elsewhere for the crime of … embarrassing the U.S. government.

Postscript: At the same time, this administration is spying on us – the American people – more than any other administration in history.

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  • starlight

    maybe we should reframe this discussion?….
    it is NSA’s obama threatening our world
    NOT obama’s NSA threatening our world

    Who runs who??

    • Tonto

      BINGO! This asshole Obama is not only still smoking. He is also still a dope addict.

      There’s nothing going on that is about Obama. It is all about the wire pullers behind the scenes. Obama has zero input whatsoever. All he really has that is exclusively his, are slips of the tongue when he speaks impromptu out of the reach of the Gong Show hook his handlers keep at the ready.

      The next few weeks should be very interesting. Either the stimulus is coming to an end, or it is not. Either way, the next few weeks should be very interesting. Or maybe war is going to break out in earnest, providing yet another kind of stimulus.

      The economy is worse than it was in 2008-2009, much worse. So, expect something to give, one way or another. Walmart is laying off employees.

      Stinking Walmart is laying off employees. LoL

  • jadan

    Let’s not forget who Obama is. Wayne Madsen’s book “The Manufacturing of a President” makes a strong case that Obama’s “hippie” mother, and her parents, were CIA employees. This is not a mindless conspiracy theory. Obama is a professional liar, and like the institution than nurtures him, he’s extremely manipulative and secretive. He faithfully lives his “legend”. He’s a manufactured entity, flesh and blood, to be sure, but he’s not what he seems to be. Black people in this white racist world learn to conceal themselves early on. The clandestine life suits Obama very well indeed! He’s right at home in the national security state. He has never challenged the CIA. It’s mother’s milk to him. The NSA and the CIA are the same thing.

  • gozounlimited

    They prefer to destroy us in private…… 2014 Super Bowl weather forecast: 25 degrees, no snow for now ….. Exactly……. see map showing orange chemtrailed high pressure off of Northern West Coast by Canada collapse on itself….. The geoengineers stopped creating high pressure drought in Cali so they can prevent snow for the Super Bowl. Thank God for Football…….. we are getting rain. Hope Brownie Bob is a football fan cause his drought is going South …

  • Rehmat

    I think the guy believes he is talking to a bunch of ignorants. Being associated with kosher NYT and CNN – he should know that Obama administration is loaded with AIPAC and CFR members – so how could it maintain a secret from Israel or the Jewish lobby groups?

  • Criselda