CEI - NEW BOOK: The Liberal War on Transparency, by Christopher Horner

CEI Senior Fellow Chris Horner's new book is due out on Tuesday, October 2.  I thought you might like to have a preview of what's inside THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY: Confessions of a Freedom of Information “Criminal”, so I'm forwarding the press materials from the publisher.  See also, Chapter 1.

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Confessions of a Freedom of Information “Criminal”

By Christopher C. Horner

New York Times bestselling author

“[Horner] exposes the agenda of the Obama administration and . . . lays bare the plan to replace your individual liberties with the state.”

—Mark Levin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Liberty and Tyranny

and nationally syndicated radio host

“A staunch champion for common sense.”

—Roger Helmer, Member of European Parliament



Liberals have turned transparency on its head.

Hailed by Glenn Beck as a “watchdog” and by Rush Limbaugh as a “go-to guy,” bestselling author and attorney Christopher C. Horner is a leader in the fight against liberal tyranny in America – with his requests for information via the FOIA even declared “criminal” by the Obama administration.  In his new book, THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY: Confessions of a Freedom of Information “Criminal” (Threshold Editions; October 2, 2012; Hardcover; $27.00), Horner offers explosive revelations about the widespread liberal attack on transparency in government, and activist academia.

“Now that transparency threatens liberals’ use of government and other taxpayer-financed institutions, it is a problem to rein in; we’ve started asking questions and obtaining embarrassing answers, meaning -- to them and their enablers -- the wrong kind of people are using transparency laws to the wrong ends.”

Liberal hypocrisy is embodied in their demanding that Mitt Romney disclose his tax return history, while insisting that political appointees and other public servants require privacy about their work, and erecting historic stonewalls and inventing new ways to hide the record of how they conduct the public’s  business. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and Horner illustrates the disgraceful lengths to which appointees, activist bureaucrats, and academic axe-grinders go, amid a breathtaking escalation of this campaign by the Obama administration. As Horner details, this is the same group that places our nation at risk for political gain by leaking sensitive information from the highest levels, while simultaneously conducting the most aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers in our nation’s history. The Left’s oath of transparency is in fact an indictment.

THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY uncovers the unlawful epidemic of using private email accounts to hide the conduct of public business, even private desktop computers and third-party servers, in order to avoid leaving the legally required paper trails.  Citing internal documents and well-placed sources, Horner’s account leaves no doubt that this and other such schemes are deliberate, organized, and systematic. The book further illustrates how Horner and others are bringing these actions to light and details how every citizen can help.

Revelations made in THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY include:

·    While working as deputy White House chief of staff, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina used his AOL account to orchestrate the controversial deal by which drug companies lobbied for and ran ads supporting passage of ObamaCare, which was just one example in a government-wide trend.

·    The EPA created secret email accounts that few knew there about and no one apparently can access, according to an internal document, calling into question EPA’s compliance with certain laws, and lawsuits.

·    The Obama administration’s use of industry lobbyists as “cut-outs,” or go-betweens, to avoid direct written contact with groups who are certain to be subject of FOIA requests, including the George Soros-funded, left-wing activist group the Center for American Progress (CAP).

·    Other tricks include using “handles” or code names for political appointees who are likely to be the subject of taxpayer requests, and installing political commissars to oversee what information the public can see.

While revealing disturbing events, emails and other records, THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY is more than an exposé on the latest Washington cover-up; it is a wake-up call revealing the details of how liberals hide how they use and abuse their power and the public’s money, and a how-to manual for all Americans to demand transparency from our leaders and defeat the liberal attack on open and honest debate.

For the truth. For our nation, our freedoms and our future. This book shows us what we face, and how to win…

About the Author:

Christopher C. Horner
is a Washington attorney and New York Times bestselling author of Power Grab, Red Hot Lies, and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism).  He is a senior fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and director of litigation for the America Tradition Institute.

About the Book: THE LIBERAL WAR ON TRANSPARENCY Confessions of a Freedom of Information “Criminal” By Chris Horner

Pub Date: October 2, 2012

ISBN: 9781451694888

Hardcover / Price: $27.00 / Threshold Editions

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