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On Transparency, Lobbyists, So Far President Obama Is “All Talk”

January 24, 2009

Like Cambell Brown of CNN, we like what we hear from President Obama on having the most transparent White House ever and cracking down on lobbyists.

But the President’s words have not yet been transformed into actions….

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. re-administering the oath of office to Barack Obama on Wednesday in the White House.  Photo: Pete Souza/The White House.  The Associated Press and other media outlets would not distribute this photo because news media were restricted from the White House during the oath taking….


By Anne Flaherty And Anne Gearan, Associated Press WritersFri Jan 23, 11:06 pm ET

A former Raytheon lobbyist nominated to be deputy defense secretary despite President Barack Obama‘s ban on hiring lobbyists will sell his stock in the military contracting firm.

However, William J. Lynn won’t be forced to step back from decisions related to his former employer, the Pentagon said Friday.

Instead, Lynn’s dealings at the Defense Department will be subject to ethics reviews for one year, said Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell.

The Obama administration’s decision ended around an executive order that the president signed Jan. 20. His “revolving door” ban, part of Obama’s “ethics commitments,” ordered officials who had been lobbyists for up to two years prior to their hiring to recuse themselves from decisions involving their former employers.

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From Peace and Freedom: It is safe to assume that the Obama Administration has hopes that William Lynn will become Secretary of Defense.  He was named to the Number 2 position in the Pentagon by the President and the current Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, is a hold over from the Bush Administration….

Seal of the United States Department of Defense.

This is an undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of ... 
This is an undated photo provided by the U.S. Department of Defense of William J. Lynn then Under Secretary of Defense. President-elect Barack Obama appointed William J. Lynn III, a defense contractor’s lobbyist, Thursday Jan. 8, 2009 to become the No. 2 official at the Defense Department, a choice that appeared to break with his self-imposed rules to keep lobbyists at arm’s length. Lynn, former Raytheon lobbyist nominated to be deputy defense secretary despite President Barack Obama’s ban on hiring lobbyists, will sell his stock in the military contracting firm.(AP Photo/DOD, File)

Obama Nominee For Pentagon Job Violates His Own Anti-Lobbyists Rule

January 9, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to be deputy secretary of defense, William Lynn, violates his campaign pledge that no lobbyists will be allowed on his team working on subjects they’ve recently lobbied on, Transition officials acknowledged Friday.

Officials say they were aware that Lynn had lobbied for defense giant Raytheon as recently as last summer, but they defended their pick.

By Jack Tapper
ABC News

“Because Mr. Lynn came so highly recommended from experts across the political spectrum, the president-elect felt it was critical that he fill this position,” said Obama Transition spokesman Tommy Vietor. “We are aware that Mr. Lynn lobbied for Raytheon, and are working with Mr. Lynn to craft a role for him that is consistent with the president-elect’s high standards while balancing the need to fill this critical national security position.”

Lynn, a former undersecretary of defense in the Clinton administration, currently serves as senior vice president of government operations and strategy at Raytheon, a military contractor. The deputy defense secretary traditionally supervises hiring such contractors.

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Missile Defense Test Successful, U.S. Says

December 5, 2008

The Pentagon conducted a successful test Friday of a missile shield system designed to protect the United States against attack, spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

The test involved the interception of a long-range ballistic missile launched from Kodiak, Alaska, with a ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

An official said the target missile launched in Friday's test would have countermeasures.

An official said the target missile launched in Friday’s test would have countermeasures.

Officials said Thursday that this would be the most realistic of the 13 missile shield system tests conducted to date.

So far, the U.S. military has shot down a mock warhead in space with an interceptor missile in seven tests. The interceptor carries a “kill vehicle,” which is designed to destroy the target missile by crashing into it.

The Pentagon said this week that in Friday’s test, the target would be a mock warhead accompanied by “countermeasures similar to what Iran or North Korea could deploy,” according to a U.S. Missile Defense Agency official.

Critics have long complained that the from tests are not realistic because they don’t involve balloons or other decoys that, they argue, could easily fool the interceptor.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin listens during a nationally ... 
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin listens during a nationally televised town-hall style session in Moscow on December 4, 2008. The US military on Friday successfully intercepted a long-range missile target in a “very realistic” simulated attack to test the proposed US missile defense system, the Defense Department said.  Putin strongly opposes the missile defense plan, especially in Poland and the Czech Republic.(AFP/File/Alexey Druzhinin)

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The U.S. military conducted a successful test of its system built to knock out long-range missiles that could be fired by North Korea or Iran, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The target missile for the test over the Pacific was launched from Kodiak, Alaska and an interceptor was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, officials said. The intercept took place at 3:29 p.m. EST (2029 GMT).

Boeing Co is prime contractor for the system, called the ground-based midcourse defense.

(Reporting by David Morgan, Jim Wolf and Andrew Gray; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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