The agencies cited exemptions at least 466,872 times in budget year 2009, compared with 312,683 times the previous year, the review found. Over the same period, the number of information requests declined by about 11 percent, from 493,610 requests in fiscal 2008 to 444,924 in 2009.
Makes it sound like most requests were denied? Not sure how to interpret those numbers. Also, without a time breakdown of the requests who can say which were issued during FY2009 (Oct 2008-Jan2009) when Bush was still in office vs. the latter part? Let's compare Obama's first full year (or term) in office with Bush's and then make a call.
Following a link in the article to the DOJ figures, denials actually went DOWN during FY2009. As secrecy in the DOJ was one of the hallmarks of the Bush administration this is encouraging. Numbers are still high, but coming down. I'll give him a full term before calling him a disappointment.
I cannot conceive that anybody will require multiplications at the rate of 40,000 or even 4,000 per hour ... -- F. H. Wales (1936)