Ethics

© Brooke Clarke 2011

The root cause of many of the problems in Washington revolves around ethics.

Campaign Finance Reform (Wiki)

Character Assassination (Wiki)

Examples from the Bush43 administration: Valerie Plame (Wiki), Gen Eric Shinseki (Wiki), Treasury Sec Paul O'Neill (Wiki), Larry Lindsey (Wiki),
Richard A. Clarke (Wiki), Bunnatine Greenhouse (Wiki), Eliot Spitzer (Wiki, Wiki)

Conflict of interest (Wiki)

Freedom of Information (Wiki)

Lobbying reform

Campaign reform is needed to stop the money prior to elections from buying politicians and lobbying reform is needed to stop special interests from buying politicians after they are in office.

Revolving Door (Wiki)

Regulatory capture (Wiki) - the "regulators" work for the industry rather than "regulate" them. 
They are no longer doing the job they were created to do.  Wiki List:
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Federal Reserve Banking System
Federal Reserve Bank of New York (New York Fed)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC)
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

And it looks like the following need to be added:
Department of Justice  (DOJ)
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives

Transparency (Wiki) in Politics and Media

The Freedom Of Information Act (Wiki: FOIA)
Freedom of information in the United States (Wiki)

SEC

Obama has made the SEC off limits for FOIA requests.   Now (Sep 2011 the SEC is shredding documents).  H.R. 4173 - Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Wiki) - They tried to close the loopholes created by the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, but it didn't work.  It's my understanding that any "international" bank is exempt (all the big banks are international).  Note:  Dodd-Frank section 929 has a provision that exempts the SEC from Freedom of Information Act requests.

DOD

Executive Order 13526 section 1.7d (Wiki) - allows changing classification AFTER a FOIA request to the DOD.  This allows keeping the photographs of U.S. torture from getting to the American people.  Another of Obama's measures promoting darkness rather than transparency.

Whistle-blowers (Wiki)

The treatment of whistle-blowers under Obama has been the most severe in all the history of the U.S.  This makes sense since he is acting in opposition to what he promised during the election campaign and so is sensitive to these facts getting out.

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