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The (Attempted) Blackmailing of Jan Schakowsky

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Third, it is quite disturbing that Attorney General Eric Holder, who was appointed by 'agent of change' Barack Obama, has not declassified the documents related to Edmonds' case. There is now strong evidence of foreign penetration of U.S. intelligence agencies, nuclear facilities and legislative bodies and allegations of money laundering, nuclear proliferation and public corruption from a whistleblower deemed credible by, among others, Senator Charles Grassley.

Yet Obama and Holder still apparently believe evidence in the Inspector General's report on the Edmonds case constitutes classified information the American public should not have access to.

The inaction on part of this Administration in this case is disturbing (as it has been in many other instances, from stopping illegal wiretapping to prosecuting torture). Instead of 'change', the look and feel of the Obama government resembles, more and more, the one that preceded it. If the President does not start delivering on the open government and increased accountability he promised during the 2008 presidential election campaign, progressives may have no choice but to go shopping for a new candidate, and perhaps even a new Party.

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