John Wonderlich of the Sunlight Foundation blog pointed out yesterday that Obama's website Change.gov, which used to list the president's 2008 campaign promises, has been taken down. Replacing it is this crudely-formatted image:
As Wonderlich pointed out, the change in the website Change.gov happened but a month ago, so to say "the New Administration has begun" is quite an understatement, since it actually began five years ago.
So why the change now?
Wonderlich speculates (and I agree) that the administration doesn't want people to remember the following passage, which I only re-post to prevent its complete disappearance down the memory hole:
Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process.Here's a link to the original page, which looks to have been removed from Google's cached pages as well.
It's easy to draw the conclusion that Edward Snowden's disclosures are having more of an impact than the Obama administration would like. You'll note the last page capture was on June 7 of this year.
Be vigilant, for the revision of history has already begun...