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The Corruption Chronicles: Obama's Big Secrecy, Big Corruption, and Big Government Hardcover – July 24, 2012
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“The Corruption Chronicles is the Encyclopedia Britannica of corruption in Washington DC. It shows Americans that there is a way of forcing DC politicians to follow the rules.” (Glenn Beck, #1 bestselling author of Miracles and Massacres)
"A readable, engaging, persuasive account of what has gone wrong...Easily the most comprehensive tour of the 'Chicago way' we have seen to date." --The Washington Times
"Not one non-profit in America has done as much to advance genuine transparency and accountability in government as has Judicial Watch with its dogged use of the Freedom of Information Act and the federal courts." - Mark Tapscott, executive editor of The Washington Examiner
"Judicial Watch has always been at the top of our “go to” list when I want to talk about waste and corruption in government. JW serves the American public in a way you could only hope that our elected officials would.” --Lars Larson, nationally syndicated radio host of The Lars Larson Show
"As President of Judicial Watch, America’s largest nonpartisan government watchdog, Tom Fitton is a leader in the fight against public corruption and government secrecy. The Corruption Chronicles discusses investigations into the last three administrations, but focuses on the Obama White House, lending insights to some of the most newsworthy topics of the day. Since the book’s publication last week, Fitton has done promotional media speaking to such topical issues as Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice’s prosecution of the New Black Panther Party, Hollywood filmmakers’ access to CIA documents on the Osama bin Laden raid, and more. Fitton appeared as the lead story on The O’Reilly Factor, as well as on several nationally syndicated radio shows, including The Jerry Doyle Show and G. Gordon Liddy Show. Tom Fitton has captured his organization’s exciting and important journey in The Corruption Chronicles, a highly readable, informative and entertaining look at how Judicial Watch lawyers and investigators have uncovered scandal after scandal..." Mark Tapscott, executive editor of The Washington Examiner
About the Author
Tom Fitton has helped lead Judicial Watch since 1998 and overseen its tremendous growth and success in recent years. Under Fitton’s leadership, Judicial Watch was named one of Washington’s top ten most effective government watchdog organizations by The Hill newspaper.He is an internationally recognized expert on government corruption, immigration enforcement, congressional and judicial ethics, and open government.He has been quoted in most every newspaper in the country and has also appeared on every major network and cable news network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, C-SPAN, and MSNBC.
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Although the book is literally filled with the exposure of inside information that the mainstream won't dare publish, my favorite part is the appendix showing the Ten Most-Wanted Corrupt Politicians. In order, they are:
1. Hillary Clinton
2. President Barack Obama
3. Eric Holder
4. Tom DeLay
5. Charles Rangel
6. Alcee Hastings
7. Nancy Pelosi
8. Maxine Waters
9. Barney Frank
10. Rod Blagojevich
Covers the Clinton's, Bushes and now the most brazen and corrupt Administration in our nation's history. Find out the back stories on all the hot button topics of the Obama administration - Czars, ACORN, Solyndra, Fast and Furious, Fannie/Freddie fiasco, the bank bailouts and more.
Bigger government and more government spending lead to bigger political corruption.
Judicial Watch makes frequent use of the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information on government activities they believe were not sufficiently vetted. The Bush administration generally denied these requests "on principle." The Obama Administration has been even more walled off. Candidate Obama promised to conduct a transparent government, yet a workshop on transparency in government was ironically kept secret. (p. 194)
It is demoralizing to read of the ethical challenges of key Obama appointees such as Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton. We know they survived the confirmation process. So many other appointees, however, proved so ethically challenged that President Obama came to rely on the czar approach. I'll agree with Fitton here--it appears to bypass the vetting that is required by law. Not to mention bloats the bureaucracy.
Fitton refers to Obama's "Nixonian approach" to Fox News when the Obama Administration tried to cut Fox News out of a series of interviews with Pay Czar Kenneth Feinburg in March of 2009. When the other networks refused to participate until Fox was included, the Administration was forced to relent. Media critic David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun: "Not since Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, have I seen a White House with such contempt for the press--and disregard for the historic role a free press plays in this society." (p. 206) Was this the change Obama was talking about?
Inspector General Gerald Walpin's summary dismissal when he exercised his duties and exposed a multimillion dollar fraud scheme in Americorps is disturbing. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that he was not replaced. 12 of 73 federal agencies do not have a permanent inspector general and these are agencies where it would seem essential to have independent oversight: The Dept of Justice, the Dept of State, the Dept of Labor, the Dept of Homeland Security, and the Dept of Defense--just to mention a few.
Fitton discusses how Obama exceeded the secretive Bush-Cheney team on energy. His secret support of Solyndra rewarded political supporters with half a billion dollars of federal energy dollars. If you haven't had enough of this relentless exposé at this point in the book, Fitton's discussion of "Fast and Furious" will cause you to reach for Tums.
Not a fun book to read. But maybe a necessary book for both Republicans and Democrats going into this hugely important election.