Issa: Obama Punishes a Whistleblower

by Ben Johnson

Congressman Darrell Issa has written a scathing five-page letter to the Department of Homeland Security stating it demoted an employee who blew the whistle on the department’s illegal stonewalling of Obama’s political foes. Issa, who is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, wrote to Janet Napolitano that the action had the appearance of “retaliation” and that “Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime.”

Issa states that Catherine Papoi, who was DHS deputy unit chief in charge of the Freedom of Information Act, was passed over for a promotion and forced to vacate her office the day after she met with investigators.

Ironically, the Associated Press reported the story the same day Barack Obama was set to receive an award for government transparency to kick off “Sunshine Week.” Obama canceled the event.

Last March, Papoi went to the DHS Inspector General to complain of “hundreds” of cases of illegal stonewalling. The IG report has yet to be released a year later. She then turned to Issa.

Papoi said officials are “breaking the law by knowingly and intentionally delaying and obstructing the release of agency records.”

The Associated Press describes the 1,000 pages of e-mails it obtained, which shed light on the process. “Career employees were ordered to provide political staff with information about the people who asked for records — such as where they lived and whether they were private citizens or reporters — and about the organizations where they worked,” according to AP. The Obama administration blacked out 194 pages of the e-mails it released to the news service, which deal with transparency.

Obama’s point woman on Judicial Department transparency, Melanie Pustay, admitted administration officials were told the political affiliations of those making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests “for awareness and management purposes, and that’s all.”

This author has reported that conservatives making FOIA requests have waited as long as six months or received no response whatever, while liberals received prompt responses. The Media Research Center has filed suit against the Justice Department, stating the Obama administration is stonewalling requests about Elena Kagan’s role in ObamaCare. Many Republicans, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, believe her role as Obama’s Solicitor General gives at least the appearance of a conflict of interest. However, Kagan refused to recuse herself when the Supreme Court chose not to review a case on ObamaCare last November.

Conservatives believe the administration is dragging its feet so that Kagan can cast the deciding vote in the final challenge before the court.

Less Transparent than Bush

Critics note Obama has a higher FOIA denial rate than George W. Bush, whom Obama harshly criticized. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, has said the Obama administration has “stonewalled even the most basic FOIA requests.”

No less than 80 percent of all denials come from the DHS.

But the Obama administration has a lousy record on FOIA transparency on all fronts. It has denied more than one-third of all FOIA requests in 2010 and was less likely to grant urgent requests.

Only 49 of 90 federal agencies have taken “at least some steps” to improve transparency since Obama’s inauguration, according to a study from National Security Archive at George Washington University and the Knight Foundation. That is, barely half have taken any action at all. (You can see an agency-by-agency chart here.) Thomas S. Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, stated, “At this rate, it’ll be the end of his term before the agencies do what Obama asked them to do on the first day.”

Another Brick in the Stonewall

Papoi is merely one federal employee with the courage to speak out on illegality in her department. DHS is one department in one branch of the huge and ever-growing federal government. How many more departments are subject to political tampering from the Obama administration?

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, would like to know. He has asked “dozens” of agency inspectors whether similar complaints have been made there.

Regulations aside, the Obama thuggocracy makes life hard on whistleblowers. “I knew full well I could be jeopardizing my career, but I have to be able to sleep at night,” Papoi wrote yesterday.

Assistant DHS Secretary Nelson Peacock has insisted, “The department has not taken any retaliatory action against employees that have provided information to your committee.” However, the administration is known for twisting the arms of its political enemies and greasing the skids for its would-be friends.

Obama’s Justice Department busted Christopher Coates down from chief of its Voting Rights division to a satellite office in South Carolina, so he could not testify about the department’s racial bias. He had to invoke whistleblower protection to move forward – and according to J. Christian Adams, another forthright witness, the administration “fixed” the report on the Black Panther case authored by the DOJ’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

After Inspector General Gerald Walpin filed two reports that embarrassed the Obama administration, the administration fired him, apparently illegally.

On the other hand, officials offered jobs to Congressman Joe Sestak and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff to dissuade them from running for Senate.

The DHS’s thuggish treatment of Papoi is simultaneously abysmal and emblematic of an administration contemptuous of the law. It is heartening to see Congressman Issa bringing some much-needed accountability.

About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website,, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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22 Responses to Issa: Obama Punishes a Whistleblower

  1. busyboots says:

    The Obama administration blacked out 194 pages of the e-mails it released to the news service, which deal with transparency. (This is obviously NOT transparency)

    Obama’s point woman on Judicial Department transparency, Melanie Pustay, admitted administration officials were told the political affiliations of those making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests “for awareness and management purposes, and that’s all.” (What in the heck does someones political affiliations have to do do with "awareness & management purposes"?? This stinks of corruption! Congress, are you paying attention? You darn well better be……

  2. jowolo says:

    No surprise here. The whole administration is one Chicago style Mafia illegal regime.

  3. fxgeorges says:

    WOW talk about obama not being a mason!!!!
    look at the handshake and most of you didn't believe it!
    most of you will say its just a handshake!yea just a "handshake"

  4. Charles17121 says:

    Obama is a fraud and everybody in our government knows it . They are afraid to say anything about his being born in kenya for fear of losing the Jobs or worse

  5. DocGreenough says:

    The thuggery of the Obama administration is beyound the pale!! Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Malanie Putay, and Elana Kagan all should be tried under the RICO laws, and charged with treason to boot!! Catherine Papoi should be fully reinstated with all back pay and benefits!! This reeks of the likes of Stalin or Hitler!! If the American people do not turn the course of events around at the poles, there will be a second civil war!! May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob be returned to a place of honor in America!!!

  6. DocGreenough says:

    Obama is up to his eye balls in alligators, and he doesn't know how to swim or fight!! he is a lying coward, a Marxist, Muslim, Kenyan bastard who has no business occupying the White House!

  7. DocGreenough says:

    The thuggery of the Obama administration is beyond criminal!! Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Elena Kagan, and Malanie Putay should all be charged for violating federal RICO Laws!! In addition they should be charged with treason in time of war! The actions of Obama and his administration reek of Joseph Stalin's and Adolph Hitler's secret police. If the American people do not resolve the problem; of an illegitimate, Marxist, Kenyan, Muslim in the White House, at the poles, there will be another civil war!!

  8. Obam was told by someone that if he went forward with this bogus reward they would blow many whisltes so he stopped!

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  10. jimtibbs says:

    It is a damn shame that this man is allowed to remain in office. I guess as long as he dosen't kill anybody he can do what he wants, or is he another O.J.? He has shown in a million ways that he believes he is above the law. I realize that he is ate-up with narcisim, but this insanity has to stop.

    • Highlander25 says:

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  11. Raymond says:

    How evil are the times we live in?
    Read the following.

    Washington Times, Feb. 24, 2011

    American combat troops will get sensitivity training directly on the battlefield about the military’s new policy on gays instead of waiting until they return to home base in the United States, the senior enlisted man in Afghanistan said Thursday.

    The Pentagon is launching an extensive force-wide program to ease the process of integrating open homosexuals into the ranks, including into close-knit fighting units. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, the top enlisted man in Afghanistan where 100,000 U.S. troops are deployed, said that the sessions on respecting gays’ rights will go right down to the forward operating bases, where troops fight Taliban militants.

    “I have heard about the training that will be forthcoming to the battlefield,” Sgt. Hill told Pentagon reporters via a teleconference from Kabul. “We will take our directions from the Department of Defense, from the secretary of defense, the chairman, as well as the service chiefs of each service. Our plan is to take their direction, and we’re going to execute that training right here on the battlefield.” No unit is exempted, he said.

    “Our goal is to not allow a unit to return to home station and have the unit responsible for that,” he said. “While we own those soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, we’re going to execute that training on the ground. We hope that it will have little impact on their combat and security operations here.”

  12. Raymond says:

    Masonry: Beyond the Light.
    By: William Schnoebelen
    To oder call: 1-909-987-0771

    Hidden Secrets of the Eastern Star.
    By: Dr.Cathy Burns
    To order call: 1-909-987-0771

    Hidden Secrets of Masonry
    Mailing address:
    212-M E. 7th Street
    Mt. Carmel, PA. 17851-2211
    (Not sure of the phone number, sorry). This is one incredible book.
    I'm willing to mail you a copy if you're unable to obtain one.


    Click on Masonry (near bottom, left side of screen).

    There is a mountain of info on this cult, the info i've enclosed
    is just the tip of the ice berg.

    There is a DIRECT link between Masonry & the Vatican

    If you read carefully the info i've enclosed, you will have a
    much clearer understanding of how a muslim got into the oval
    office and just what this means for America and it's not good.

    Please let me know if I can be of further help to you. Raymond

    • celticwaryor says:

      Thanks Raymond! I certainly will check these sources. I have always felt there's more evil lurking in this creep than what has been exposed of him so far.
      Scary my friend…very scary indeed!

  13. Raymond says:

    Q. How do we know when Obama the muslim is lying?

    A. When his lips are moving.

  14. Edwardkoziol says:

    Obuma is the biggest phoney in the world.I see 3 things he excels in golf,basketball and vacationing with Moochelle,Buckwheat and Jamima.This man with his czar want to bring America to her knees and as far as education he sent his pet monkey Holder to Dayton to lower the test scores for minorities because they're to stupid to get a passing grade.Where are all his rich liberal democrats,they should be standing in line to give up their money to help the lazy bums who want to live off the dole.

  15. madmemere says:

    If barry (aka obama) is the "biggest phony in the world", then FAT SIS NAPPY runs him a **** close second! Oh, and lower case IS intentional- -for low-life scum!

  16. bobrgeologist says:

    What can you expect but sleazy tactics from a Chicago trained politician?

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