Saturday, January 06, 2007

Enslavement Of Information By Bush Administration


The White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement last spring in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal declaring that records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to the public.

[...] The five-page document dated May 17 declares that all entry and exit data on White House visitors belongs to the White House as presidential records rather than to the Secret Service as agency records. Therefore, the agreement states, the material is not subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

[...] In the past, Secret Service logs have revealed the comings and goings of various White House visitors, including Monica Lewinsky and Clinton campaign donor Denise Rich, the wife of fugitive financier Marc Rich, who received a pardon in the closing hours of the Clinton administration.

If this administration including President Bush and Vice President Cheney want me to assume the worst about their ethics and their willingness to participate in a Watergate-style coverup, they've made the right decision here.

If the Republicans in congress sit idly by as the Bush administration tries to keep this once public information private, then they will be telling me plenty about their ethics.
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