Secrecy Covered on Citizen Vox
Public Citizen will continue to shine a spotlight on any government attempts to keep secrets from the American people and will cover open government issues on its Citizen Vox blog. Check it out here!
Posted 01-22-2009 10:25 AM EDT
Presidential Records Are Property of the People
On Jan. 10, The New York Times published a poignant editorial (“Who Owns White House History?”) that serves as a note to the departing administration, saying, in effect: President Bush – your records belong to everyone! The Presidential Records Act says so!
The editorial also expresses hopefulness that Congress will strike down a Bush executive order that says a current or former president can indefinitely withhold presidential papers.
“If there’s any delay, we urge President-elect Barack Obama to issue his own executive order restoring the Presidential Records Act as soon as he enters the White House,” the editorial states.
Here’s hoping that the era of secrecy is coming to an end!
Posted 01-12-2009 5:09 PM EDT
Secretive ‘Til the End
The lame-duck Bush administration is in its waning days, but its fondness for keeping secrets is as strong as ever …
On Jan. 9, Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the administration’s push to keep identities of White House visitors secret, according to The Associated Press.
The judge also said the government illegally disposed of Secret Service computer records.
The ruling was the latest step in a years-long battle for access to the visitors’ logs. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group, requested the records in 2006.
Posted 01-12-2009 5:06 PM EDT
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