Shhhhh! Top generals sign secrecy letter on budget

By PAULINE JELINEK – 16 hours ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — They long ago pledged honor and duty to country, but this year their spoken word was not enough.

Top Pentagon generals and admirals had to sign a letter promising to keep defense budget details secret if they wanted to work on the military’s fiscal plan.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates set the rule, requiring for the first time that each military and civilian official helping prepare the budget sign a non-disclosure statement, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said Wednesday.

The entire Joint Chiefs of Staff signed, promising not to leak information while the budget was being put together. Gates also signed, as did all the high-ranking civilian defense officials working on the budget document, Morrell told a Pentagon press conference.

“He wants to create an environment in which the best possible budget can be built,” Morrell said of Gates. “And he believes the only way to do that is to make sure that we are doing this in utter and complete secrecy until that budget is rolled out.”

President Barack Obama plans to submit his budget to Congress on Thursday.

That’s odd…I seem to recall a pledge from Obama for transparency in government.

As a matter of fact, here’s a direct quote from on that very subject:

Plan to Change Washington
The Problem

Secrecy Dominates Government Actions: The Bush administration has ignored public disclosure rules and has invoked a legal tool known as the “state secrets” privilege more than any other previous administration…

Mr. Obama even posted a directive on the White House website directing all levels of government to exude transparency!

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Then again, he promised to keep lobbyists out of his cabinet, then broke his word.

He’s hired a tax cheat to run the IRS, and a lobbyist as his assistant.

He promised that change would come to Washington, then proceeded to surround himself with government insiders as soon as he took office.

I guess that the openness in government that Obama promised is manifesting itself in the transparency of his lies, and the only fresh face that will come to DC anytime soon, is the Obama family’s new dog…whenever he does show up.