Tuesday, March 29, 2011

DHS Demotes Whistleblower

Could this be considered doubling up on corruption? Political appointees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are interfering with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records, sometimes blocking records that under normal circumstances wouldn’t be considered as classified or close-hold.  And now the individual who blew the whistle is being demoted. Republican House member Darrell Issa, who is Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is saying the demotion appears to be “an act of retaliation”

Mr Issa accused the administration of improperly demoting Catherine Papoi, the former deputy unit chief in charge of the Freedom of Information Act. His charge raised the stakes in the broad congressional inquiry into President Obama’s promises to improve government transparency.

Raise your hand if you are surprised that the President, who is from the Chicago political machine, would condone this sort of activity (withholding information and retaliation).

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