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records to senior political advisers for highly unusual scrutiny, probing for information about the requesters and delaying disclosures deemed too politically sensitive, according to nearly 1,000 pages of internal e-mails obtained by The Associated Press. The department abandoned the practice after AP investigated. Inspectors from the departments Office of Inspector General quietly conducted interviews with employees last week to determine whether political advisers acted improperly. The Freedom of Information Act, the main tool forcing the government to be more open, is designed to be insulated from political considerations.

But in July 2009, Homeland Security introduced a directive requiring a wide range of information to be vetted by political appointees for "awareness purposes," no matter who requested it. The government jordan 4 white cement on Wednesday estimated fewer than 500 requests underwent such political scrutiny; the Homeland Security Department received about 103,000 total requests for information last fiscal year. These special reviews at times delayed the release of information to Congress, watchdog groups and the news media for weeks beyond the usual wait, even though the directive specified the reviews should take no more than three days. This, despite President Barack Obamas statement that federal workers should "act promptly" under the information law and Attorney General Eric Holders assertion: "Unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles have no place in the new era of open government." The foot-dragging reached a point that officials worried the department would get sued, one e-mail shows.

"We need to make sure that we flip these ASAP so we can eliminate any lag in getting the responses to the requesters," the agencys director of disclosure, Catherine Papoi, wrote to two of Secretary Janet Napolitanos staffers. "Under the statute, the requester now has the right to allege constructive denial and take us to court. Please advise soonest." Under the directive, career employees were ordered to.

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