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John Kerry says transparency for you, foreign countries, but not for me

Climate czar John Kerry has called for “a new level of transparency and accountability” from governments around the world to tackle climate change, even as his tiny corner of government was already sitting on a simple demand for find out who has been working there for 140 days.

“We need to stop the BS thrown at us by a number of countries…not being fed a line, not being told something that is not true,” Kerry told a rally of young activists for the climate at the Youth4Climate event on September 30 in Milan, Italy, ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP26).

“That’s what needs to happen at COP26,” he said, “a new level of transparency and accountability.”

The President’s special climate envoy was leading ‘transparency and accountability’ by diktat and not by example, as his own office will take a total of three years, four months and 19 days to prepare and release a spreadsheet showing exactly who pay taxpayers. to work there.

The Herald filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Kerry’s office on May 13, 2021. Tuesday marks 306 days since the request, which the State Department says remains “pending” and will not be ready by October 1. 1, 2024. The department further denied a request for faster processing because it “does not demonstrate a ‘compelling need’ for the requested information.”

Kerry, during his tenure as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, “sent a department-wide notice reminding employees of their FOIA responsibilities and the need for transparency,” according to a Sept. 8, 2016, congressional hearing on FOIA compliance in his department. .

He summed up his tenure as secretary of state as one that valued the “strength of Western values ​​that we were trying to bring to governance,” he told the University of Pennsylvania’s The Global Cable podcast on 11 October 2019, “openness, transparency, accountability.