Three past presidents and veterans of The White House Correspondents Association agreed that Barack Obama is the “least accessible” of any modern president.
The Associated Press’ executive editor called on governments around the world to support an independent press, warning Monday that efforts to silence the media through intimidation and violence are “in effect an attack on a nation’s people.”
Twitter is prepared to sue the Obama administration for the right to disclose more detailed information on surveillance requests it receives from the government.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., cautioned against “self-imposed red tape” on U.S. drone strikes, saying that restrictions on the targeted strikes puts “Americans’ lives at risk.”
Despite President Barack Obama’s vow for greater “transparency” and tighter National Security Agency restrictions, only 11 percent of American voters think the government is now less likely to monitor their private phone calls.
The White House is declining to confirm reports that a U.S. drone killed the Pakistani Taliban’s second-in-command.
The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year, but more often than it ever has it cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.
Longtime reporter Dan Rather stated that he believes President Obama has been “fairly good” in office, but that he has broken his promise of increased transparency in The White House.