My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government...
Transparent: free from pretense or deceit
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released today their investigation on White House attempts to control, deceive, and lie to the public on conditions relating to this Oil Spill disaster.
The investigation found:
- The White House is more focused on stopping bad press than on the disaster
- the White House is currently concerned about it's silence on the disaster following the days after the explosion. Documents show that the White House had clear knowledge of the scope of the disaster days earlier than the White House accounts.
- Local Officials dispute President Obama's claim that the Federal Government has been in control of the Oil Spill from Day 1. A Coast Guard Admiral told Congressional Investigators that decisions on the ground are made by B.P.
- that the Presidents moratorium will compound the Economic Damage and will increase the risk of future offshore drilling projects.
- The White House released a timeline of it's actions on a blog called “In the spirit of transparency so the American people can have a clear understanding of what their government has been and is doing to respond". This blog details a number of assets deployed to combat the oil spill. The number of assets claimed do not match what is on the ground.
- Parish officials maintain that thousands of vessels being claimed in the blog simply do not exist. A senior official refers to these vessels as "phantom assets".
- A helicopter search done by the Sheriffs department over grids were these vessels were claimed to be operating found very few of these assets in existence.
- 140 vessels were claimed to be operating in exact locations by both the Coast Guard and B.P. When local officials tried to do fly overs of these areas the trips were canceled three times. Officials finally admitted that only 31 of the 140 vessels claimed by the Government as being operational were ever deployed.
- There is a picture in said report which a large mass of oil is seen heading towards the coast. There is no ships, skimmers, or anything being done to protect the coast. This picture was taken by the Committee staff aboard a Coastguard aircraft.
- Supplies are not being flown into hard hit areas that are requesting support. This has resulted in local officials having serious doubts about the Command and Control structure that has produced these results.
- When one Federal Official was questioned if the U.S. Government had been in control from day one. That Federal Official firmly disagreed. Further the Coast Guard is taking orders from B.P. not vice versa.
- Two White House Official showed up at Mr. Nungesser office on Fathers Day requesting what they had to do to keep him off T.V. Another occasion a request for 20 skimmers resulted in 2 skimmers being deployed simply to shut them up. This shows the White House is more concerned about fighting the growing P.R. disaster than combating the Oil spill.
I am currently going to stop there at page 8. Please finish reading this report on this Administration trying to censor what is coming out about this disaster. How the White House Public Relations Campaign on the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-up
On June 9th, the New York Times released an article about how this Administration is limiting and trying to control the information being released on this Oil Spill. Efforts to Limit the Flow of Spill News
CBS was threatened with arrest when they try to cover the Oil spilling on a beach. Video.
There is Anderson Coopers problems with this Administration trying to control what the media presents. All you have to do is turn on to Anderson 360 and watch to get an idea of the scope of this problem. http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/
Even the A.P. has had massive problems in which one of it's teams were allowed access until the Coast Guard realized that reporters were on board. At which they were denied entry into the Oil enveloped area.
New rules coming out today restricts all reporters from coming within 65 feet of any Oil Containment equipment or any animal that has came into contact with the Oil substance. The new rules also include heavy restrictions of Journalists taking any pictures of Oil enveloped animals.