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Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss?

In Injustice, legal issues/law/courts, President Barack Obama on June 16, 2009 by Editor Z

Now fighting to keep White House logs secret was so last administration (and was rejected by a federal Judge). Nonetheless the same tactic the Bush/Cheney administration used, the Obama administration seems to be using.

The Obama administration is arguing that the White House visitor logs are presidential records — not Secret Service agency records, which would be subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The administration ought to be able to hold secret meetings in the White House, “such as an elected official interviewing for an administration position or an ambassador coming for a discussion on issues that would affect international negotiations,” said Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt.

These same arguments, made by the Bush administration, were rejected twice by a federal judge. The visitor logs are created by the Secret Service and maintained by the Secret Service, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ruled in 2007 and again this January. CREW had requested records of visits to the Bush White House, as well as the residence of Vice President Dick Cheney, by leaders of Religious Right organizations.

Where is the change that I can believe in regarding this policy? Barack Obama ran a campaign that galvanized the American people by promising an era where the U.S moral position in the world would be improved and that government would be more transparent. Now we learn that between and John Yoo in a torture lawsuit, and now this, their is little hope and no audacity.

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