What is Bush hiding?

A federal judge has taken a significant step in dismantling the wall of secrecy the Bush administration has needlessly built around the White House.

Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that White House visitors logs were public records and that the public had a right to see them.

The logs, maintained by the Secret Service, had been public until 2006, when the Bush administration, which adheres to the principle that its business is nobody’s but its own, declared that the logs were presidential records and thus exempt from the Freedom of Information Act under the doctrine of executive privilege.

Executive privilege is intended to protect the confidentiality and candor of the advice the president receives. The logs say only who visited the White House, when and for how long; they contain nothing about the substance of the visits.

Wrote Lamberth: “Knowledge of these visitors would not disclose presidential communications or shine a light on the president’s or vice president’s policy demonstrations.”

It might shed light, however, on White House political machinations.

An advocacy group is seeking details on White House visits by nine conservative Christian leaders. Two separate lawsuits seeking information on the White House visits of disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff will be consolidated in Lamberth’s courtroom.

The White House says it will appeal, using that as an excuse not to comment on the legal setback. One day, it is to be hoped, Congress and the courts will throw open the doors and windows of the Bush administration and the sun will shine in. Unfortunately, it is likely to be long after it has left office.

One Response to "What is Bush hiding?"

  1. Carl Nemo  December 20, 2007 at 1:58 am

    What are they hiding…?!

    Their sign-in sheets no doubt corroborate the fact that the Whitehouse and the V.P.’s residence have an endless stream of questionable dignitaries and shady characters showing up at their doorstep, many of their visitations no doubt synchronized to scandals that are either under investigation or due to be investigated.

    The Bushistas are “criminal garbage” plain and simple! They are no different than Capone of the 30’s or the Gotti’s of the 80-90’s. They need to be brought to summary justice immediately if not sooner!

    I surely hope Americans don’t continue to “blink” and wait until a criminally complicit Congress along with the Bushistas implement martial law post some engineered or witnessed debacle equal to 911 or worse. Congressional action at this point indicates they are in on the “deal”…no?!

    My recommendation is to contact your elected reps and to demand summary impeachment of Bush/Cheney…NOW!

    http://www.conservativeusa.org/megalink.htm
    http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

    Carl Nemo **==

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