Believes he ‘can violate privacy rights of Americans’ without legal consequence
Posted: December 29, 2009
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President Obama has been named to a “Top 10” list he’d likely be grateful to avoid: Judicial Watch’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians,” for 2009.
“The Obama White House believes,” said the report from the organization that monitors government for corruption, and sues when it chooses, “it can violate the privacy rights of American citizens without any legal consequences or accountability.”
The report released yesterday said Obama joined the likes of Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.; Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Attorney General Eric Holder; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.; and Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., on the list.
“Even before President Obama was sworn into office, he was interviewed by the FBI for a criminal investigation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s scheme to sell the president’s former Senate seat to the highest bidder,” the report said.
“Moreover, the Obama administration made the startling claim that the Privacy Act does not apply to the White House. The Obama White House believes it can violate the privacy rights of American citizens without any legal consequences or accountability,” the report said.
“President Obama boldly proclaimed that ‘transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,’ but his administration is addicted to secrecy, stonewalling far too many of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act requests and is refusing to make public White House visitor logs as federal law requires,” the organization said.
The White House did not respond to a WND e-mail request for comment.
Judicial Watch also cited efforts by the Obama administration to use the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as the agency that runs the AmeriCorps program, as “propaganda machines” and use tax dollars to persuade “artists” to promote the Obama agenda.
Further, he’s installed a long list of “czars” in the government.
“Too many of these individuals are leftist radicals who answer to no one but the president. And too many of the czars are not subject to Senate confirmation (which raises serious constitutional questions),” the report said.
“Under the president’s bailout schemes, the federal government continues to appropriate or control – through fiat and threats – large sectors of the private economy, prompting conservative columnist George Will to write: ‘The administration’s central activity – the political allocation of wealth and opportunity – is not merely susceptible to corruption, it is corruption.'”
“Government-run healthcare and car companies, White House coercion, uninvestigated ACORN corruption, debasing his office to help Chicago cronies, attacks on conservative media and the private sector, unprecedented and dangerous new rights for terrorists, perks for campaign donors – this is Obama’s ‘ethics’ record – and we haven’t even gotten through the first year of his presidency,” Judicial Watch said.
Chris Farrell, the chief of research for the organization, told WND the list is not just about wrongdoing – whether the actions are immoral, illegal or just fattening.
These are issues dealing with an abuse of office, or the abuse of the public trust, he said.
He said the Top Ten list is listed on the Judicial Watch website in alphabetical order because it is not intended to represent that one case among the “Top 10” would be worse than others.
“What they’ve done has broad repercussions,” he said.
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