One wonders whether government officials understand transparency. They try to hide intents only to have them discovered through the Freedom of Information Act. That is what happened to EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt. He tried to bamboozle the media by restricting public appearances and orchestrating events for the reason of security. Some 10,000 e-mails disgorged through FOIA show the real reason was to avoid exposure to unfriendly audiences. He has created a PR crisis for himself because he didn't tell the truth in the first place. It would have been far easier if he had been up front. Yes, he would have had to deal with hostile questions but his actions have been inimical to the environment. He deserved to get them. Now, he looks dumb and his enemies are using his lack of transparency against him.