Obama Defends Bush/Cheney in Call for E-mail Release

In Bush/Cheney Administration, legal issues/law/courts, President Barack Obama, U.S government on February 23, 2009 by Editor Z

When Obama took office, it looked like a new era of post Bush/Cheney open effective government that respects the knowledge and wisdom of the people would begin, with such measures as restoring a policy of disclosure when it comes to FOIA. But that might not be the case.

The Obama Justice Department is now blocking a suit that would force the Bush/Cheney administration to release e-mails that were supposed to be saved, something that in true fashion they refused to do in their garrison mentality. Obama has no real reason to defend such practices. This is many things, but it certainly isn’t change that I can believe in.

Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, siding with former President George W. Bush, is trying to kill a lawsuit that seeks to recover what could be millions of missing White House e-mails.

Two advocacy groups suing the Executive Office of the President say that large amounts of White House e-mail documenting Bush’s eight years in office may still be missing, and that the government must undertake an extensive recovery effort. They expressed disappointment that Obama’s Justice Department is continuing the Bush administration’s bid to get the lawsuits dismissed.

During its first term, the Bush White House failed to install electronic record-keeping for e-mail when it switched to a new system, resulting in millions of messages that could not be found.

The Bush White House discovered the problem in 2005 and rejected a proposed solution.

Recently, the Bush White House said it had located 14 million e-mails that were misplaced and that the White House had restored hundreds of thousands of other e-mails from computer backup tapes.

The steps the White House took are inadequate, one of the two groups, the National Security Archive, told a federal judge in court papers filed Friday.

“We do not know how many more e-mails could be restored but have not been, because defendants have not looked,” the National Security Archive said in the court papers.

“The new administration seems no more eager than the last” to deal with the issue, said Anne Weismann, chief counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the other group that sued the EOP.

How can we be an effective government if every request for information and forthrightness is met with denial followed by a “Just trust us”? There are eight years of government policies that the people and the press have been kept in the dark about. The only way we can move forward is to know what has been done in the past eight years, otherwise we will never get out of the tangle we are in as a country.


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