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Old 01-27-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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EPA Administrator Creates Fictitious Employee To Cover Up Emails & Fraud In APA.

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President Barack Obama and, for that matter, most of America seem woefully ignorant about a scandal unfolding at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As hard as it is to believe, outgoing Administrator Lisa Jackson actually appears to have had agency personnel create a fictitious employee by the name of "Richard Windsor" so that Jackson could appropriate the Windsor's email address for her own purposes.

We're not talking about some alias to be used for personal correspondence but a totally false identity in whose name official business was allegedly conducted created specifically to avoid federal record-keeping and disclosure requirements.
And none of this would ever have been uncovered were it not for the courage of a still anonymous whistleblower and the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Christopher Horner, an attorney with the legal smarts and experience needed to unravel it all.

Earlier this week, thanks to Horner's good work, the EPA was supposed to produce the first installment of some 12,000 secret, previously undisclosed emails. Not because it wanted to but because a federal court order required it to.

Under the order, the EPA was to provide the first installment of 3,000 e-mails with three additional installments of 3,000 e-mails to follow. Rather than provide the required emails, however, EPA's cover letter accompanying its production of emails said it "produced more than 2,100 emails received or sent" by Jackson on an official alias e-mail account.

All fine, well and good - except that not one of those emails was from "Richard Windsor's" account. Not one. Yet it is certain the account exists because Horner found three Windsor emails using other means. Instead the EPA provided such absurdly silly and unresponsive e-mails as the daily news briefs published by the Washington Post, and EPA national news clippings, a pathetic attempt to avoid a contempt citation that came only after a week's worth of unsuccessful attempts to push the official response date down the road.

A pattern exists: the EPA creates a fake e-mail account for its administrator to avoid scrutiny; it doesn't produce any of the fake e-mails even though they are required by law to do so; when specifically required by court order, the EPA seeks endless delays; and, when the delaying tactics prove fruitless, EPA fails to provide either the number or the type of e-mails required.
To put it simply, the agency is trying to run out the clock, hoping against hope that people will lose interest and move on to something else. This, in our judgment, must not be allowed to happen.

The point of this scheme was to evade public accountability, to conduct official government business under the table, outside of the public eye. When Congress and others asked for Ms. Jackson's EPA correspondence and email, the "Richard Windsor" e-mails would fall outside that request and, eventually, be destroyed allowing official EPA business to be conducted secretly. That falls well short of conducting business in the open and in a transparent fashion. It also falls well short of the standards required by federal law.

If this were merely a matter of an official "alias" - e.g. LJackson@EPA.gov instead of her "official" email name, it would be no big deal. But the "Richard Windsor" identity is not an alias: it is a totally fake persona obviously created to evade record-keeping and disclosure requirements.
It may not seem it on its face, but it an issue so serious that anyone who received a "Richard Windsor" email or corresponded with "Richard Windsor" - knowing it was Lisa Jackson and not reporting it, should at the very least be barred from succeeding her as administrator of the EPA.
"Despite EPA's 'everyone does it' line -- the lesser-known, somewhat inconsistent subtitle to 'most transparent administration, ever' -- Richard Windsor appears to be the first false identity assumed to hide a senior federal official's public records," Horner says. "One reason for this might be that it's against the law. The readiness with which we already know other administration officials, including lawyers, accepted the practice suggests Windsor wasn't the only such false identity Obama officials have created to subvert federal record-keeping and disclosure laws."

Yes, America, this e-mail scandal is worse than originally believed. Far worse. And if "everyone does it" in this Administration as the EPA has claimed, President Obama needs to answer some questions as well.
And the United States Senate, which has slew of presidential nominees to confirm in the next few months, has the obligation to start asking.

George Landrith is president of Frontiers of Freedom, a Virginia-based public policy organization. Peter Roff is a senior fellow at FOF.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:26 PM   #3
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Where did this story come from?
The amazing thing is that most mass media isn't even touching this story. Look up Richard Windsor and EPA on Google : http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22richard+windsor%22+epa

NOTHING from the mass media. And this isn't some right wing witch hunt.. they are having congressional hearings over this "made up employee".
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NOTHING from the mass media.

Not even Fox News?

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n/m...it's the Breitbart website. Go figure

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I'm trying to summon an urge to yawn.

What are the phantom employee's initials?

"W.M.D."?
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What are the phantom employee's initials?

"W.M.D."?
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I have to give props, this new DNC technique of "yawn" to every scandal is genius.
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Scandalous behavior, isn't it?

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It actually appears that you have fallen for yet another load of republican horseshlt.
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The amazing thing is that most mass media isn't even touching this story. Look up Richard Windsor and EPA on Google : http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22richard+windsor%22+epa

NOTHING from the mass media. And this isn't some right wing witch hunt.. they are having congressional hearings over this "made up employee".
Is this the first you have heard of it? Also, is this the first and only article you have read on the subject?

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Eh well. We all know the media likes to pick stories based off rating potential. Why a football player's fictitious dead girlfriend was newsworthy is beyond me.

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here's the story on Judicial Watch

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/20...-to-hide-info/

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A key agency in the "most transparent administration in history" is being investigated for dodging potential public scrutiny and possibly congressional oversight by using bogus electronic mail accounts to conduct official business.

It involves the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its administrator, Lisa Jackson, the Obama appointee who has dedicated tens of millions of dollars to an "environmental justice" movement that helps minority communities get green. Each year the agency doles out cash to leftwing community groups that help poor, minority and indigenous people increase recycling, reduce carbon emissions through "weatherization," participate in "green jobs" training and avoid heat stroke.

The thought of this major government agency conducting secret operations is downright scary not to mention illegal. But that could be exactly what's going on at the EPA and now the agency's watchdog is investigating at the request of Congress. In a memo addressed to Jackson and other high-ranking EPA mucky mucks, the agency's inspector general announces its plans to begin an audit of "electronic records management practices."

"Our objective is to determine whether EPA follows applicable laws and regulations when using private and alias email accounts to conduct official business," the EPA Inspector General writes. The watchdog will specifically look into whether the agency promoted or encouraged the use of private or alias email accounts to conduct official business and whether employees comply with federal records management requirements pertaining to electronic records from private or alias email accounts.

The scandal was initially exposed by a researcher preparing to write a book. In thousands of emails Jackson appeared to use the name Richard Windsor on an official account that she utilized to conduct agency business. The researcher figured it out because he dug up an EPA memo indicating that alias email accounts were created by a former agency head and it appeared that this was common practice at the agency.

This clearly interferes with transparency, according to a Florida congressman who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. "It is possible that other EPA officials are also using secondary email accounts and aliases for official business, and this could complicate the ability of Congress to conduct its oversight responsibility over the EPA," said the lawmaker, Cliff Stearns, who represents north Florida.

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The responses from the leftists on this forum just astonish me. It's nothing more than collective complacent ignorance. It's as if all die hard Obama supporters have been trained to just turn a blind eye to the shortcomings of the man they supported. Where on earth did this mentality come from?
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Maybe I'm missing something, or need to re-read.....but, how is Obama implicated in this outside of him appointing this person years back?
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