The Obama administration prides themselves on being “transparent.” That’s why it came as bad news to them on Monday when a federal judge ruled that they actually aren’t transparent at all.
According to Western Journalism, U.S. District Judge Amit P. Metha said this week that Obama’s White House had acted in “bad faith” to a call to release global warming records.
This case involved the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and in it, the Competitive Enterprise Institute was trying to secure the release of documents in which Director John C. Holdren accused global warming of being responsible for colder winter weather. Many scientists have disagreed with Holdren’s findings.
Originally, staffers of the OSTP claimed they could only find 11 pages of documents, none of which contained Holdren’s conclusions. They later said they had found 47 pages, but they attempted to withhold the documents, “claiming they were protected from release because they were only seen within the administration,” the Washington Times reported.
“Both of these impressions turned out to be mistaken,” Judge Metha said in his decision.
Later, they admitted to finding 52 pages of documents, but claimed they were comparable to documents that had been previously made public.
“All three of those impressions also turned out to be mistaken,” Metha wrote. “At some point, the government’s inconsistent representations about the scope and completeness of its searches must give way to the truth-seeking function of the adversarial process, including the tools available through discovery. This case has crossed that threshold.”
This is the third time this year alone that a judge has granted legal discovery in open-record cases. The two other rulings pertained to the Clinton email controversy and the State Department’s handling of the situation.
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