David Ferriero, the archivist in charge of transferring Barack Obama’s official presidential records into the National Archives has encountered a big problem. According to a report published last Sunday more than a few of those records are missing – a lot more than a few.
Real Clear Politics’ reporter Thomas Lipscomb said Ferriero “has been driving a much-needed digital overhaul and expansion of the National Archives over the nine years of his appointment.” He noted a few weeks ago that the work “will greatly improve the ability of digital search locally and remotely, as well as accessing the files themselves.”
Offenders of the missing records include those of several EPA officials, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Obama. Andrew McCarthy a former federal prosecutor, called the breach in protocol ‘an unauthorized private communications system for official business for the patent purpose of defeating federal record-keeping and disclosure laws.’”
Ironically, it was then President Obama who signed the law that added electronic communications under to the 1950 Federal Records Act. Apparently Obama, like Hillary Clinton, considers himself above the law – even those he publicly champions and signs.
“The accumulation of recent congressional testimony has made it clear that the Obama administration itself engaged in the wholesale destruction and ‘loss’ of tens of thousands of government records covered under the act as well as the intentional evasion of the government records recording system by engaging in private email exchanges,” says Lipscomb.
Now one has to wonder exactly why Obama broke with past presidents by opting out of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration.
At that time the spin given the Chicago Tribune was that Obama’s decision to opt out of a relationship with the National Archives was to save taxpayers millions of dollars by escaping some of the regulations set by the NARA in terms of both endowment and of the design of the library. Whether the records now found to be missing have anything to do with that decision is now open to serious consideration.
This isn’t a matter of someone forgetting to return of a few library books. As Lipscomb noted, “America’s National Archives is facing the first major challenge to its historic role in preserving the records of the United States.”
Why even have a National Archives administering a presidential library if it is missing records critical to scholarship and government oversight? More importantly, as Lipscomb asks, “what’s to prevent evasion of the entire federal records system by subsequent administrations to suit current politics rather than serve scholars for centuries to come?”
President Barack Obama pledged repeatedly that he would run “the most transparent administration in the history of the United States” during both of his presidential campaigns. Though a friendly media mostly turned a blind eye, he did quite the opposite during his eight years in office by actively working to conceal important information from the public.
There were a few during the period of those two terms who tried to bring to light Obama’s wholesale breaking of his own pledge.
David Sanger of The New York Times acknowledged how far the administration went in stifling the free press when he wrote: “This is the most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered.” His colleague James Risen agreed when he called the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation.”
For the most part, however, those in the mainstream media failed over and over to cover evidence of a corrupt administration that hid regulations from Congress, controlled the press, and bypassed the voters will through executive orders.
The IG report may conclude some in the FBI did not have political motivation for their misdeeds but there is no doubt the wanton destruction of possibly damning evidence was systemic in the Obama administration – from the top down.
The same press that makes a news story out of President Obama impulsively tearing up hand-written notes while aides taped them back together to give to the National Archives played right along with Obama’s “most transparent administration in the history of the United States” charade.
The Obama administration rescinded a regulation in March 2015 that required administrations to comply with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. As a result, Obama exempted himself from public scrutiny and oversight.
Now we know why.
~ Freedom News Report