What is Jon Kyl's problem. First he attempted to help push the McCain/Kennedy/Bush bill through the Senate, a bill which would have drastically changed America's culture, healthcare, education and retirement benefits. At that time we asked, "JON KYL -- IS THIS ONE MAN TRYING TO WRECK AMERICA?"

You may be asking yourself, who the hell is Jon Kyl and why is he trying to single-handedly wreck America?

It was bad enough that this misguided Arizona Republican sought to sell-out American values when he switched from fighting illegal immigration to partnering with Ted Kennedy and the Administration in their attempt to grant amnesty to 12 - 20 million illegal aliens -- all while promising procedural safeguards that may never be implemented.

But now we find that he has used his senatorial powers to place a "secret hold" on some of the most meaningful legislation in years. Legislation which would reform the old Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into providing greater governmental transparency and allowing citizens access to government records and requiring that the material be produced quickly.

And now, courtesy of USA TODAY's Richard Wolf, we find out why...

"The Bush administration opposes the bill, arguing it could impose new administrative and financial burdens on agencies and diminish the Justice Department's supervisory role. It wants the bill shelved while agencies respond to a 2005 executive order from President Bush directing them to fix FOIA operations."

"'Progress has been made by various federal agencies. Therefore, we believe that legislative changes to FOIA are premature,' says Justice Department spokesman Erik Ablin."

"Kyl said Tuesday that the bill can be fixed with a few changes. 'I don't have any problem with some legislation,' he said. 'It's just a matter of cleaning up the language and making it more workable.'"

More workable than what, reviewing the official records of the Kennedy incident at Chappaquiddick? Considering that the Department of Justice is involved, could this be another Alberto Gonzales screw up where he inadvertently destroyed Scooter Libby for a crime that never was? 

"The government employs about 5,000 people and spends $300 million a year trying to comply with the law, according to the Justice Department. In 2005, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says, about 2.5 million requests were received. That doesn't include millions more routine requests to the Social Security Administration."

"Advocates for open government say the law isn't working as intended, however. The GAO found the number of pending FOIA requests increased 43% from 2002 to 2005; the government now has about 225,000 cases backed up."

"A report this month by the National Security Archive at George Washington University found unresolved cases dating back 20 years."

Gee, isn't this the same Administration that wanted to process documents on 12-20 million illegal aliens which required 24-hour security checks. Considering the problem it is to get access to legitimate documents with a legitimate request, what were those people smoking (or in Kennedy's case, drinking) when they crafted that sell-out to Mexico bill?

Perhaps I was a little too harsh on Kyl. After all you don't kill the messenger and it appears that he is only doing his master's bidding.

What can YOU do?

First, demand an open and honest government, much as we all agree that is an oxymoron. We need to let the disinfecting sunlight shine on some of those backroom deals before their stinking putrid provisions, such as those contained in the SHAMnesty Bill for illegal aliens, can be enacted and begins to infect the American public with a host of incurable diseases.

And second, do not vote for any elected official, on any level, who denies the American public access to "public documents."

While there are certain things that should be kept secret, such as those involving intelligence and national defense, there are no good reasons for withholding documents which may be politically sensitive or embarrassing long after their need to be used in decision-making by the American public has expired.

Spurious claims of "Executive Privilege" or of Congressional Classification should be challenged in a court of competent jurisdiction. Where, you may ask, is our open and free media -- since they originate many of the FOIA requests?

Remember: It's Government Of the People, By the People, For the People -- not for politicians and their special interest friends.

-- steve

A reminder from a large improvement can result from a small change…

Reference: Freedom of Information delays take years -

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