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Dems Want Law To Keep Obama Records Secret

Dems Want Law To Keep Obama Records Secret

OCTOBER 04, 2011

In an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama, a group of congressional Democrats has introduced legislation to create an official process that will allow the commander-in-chief to keep presidential records secret after he leaves office.Ironically, Obama revoked a similar George W. Bush order in one of his first official acts as president. In 2001 Bush penned an executive order severely limiting public access to his presidential records. Shortly after swearing in, Obama killed it as part of his much-ballyhooed commitment to government transparency. At the time, the new president claimed that he was giving the American people greater access to “historic documents.”It was the right move. The Bush Administration did indeed demonstrate a disappointing penchant for secrecyand Judicial Watch was a frontrunner in the effort to make records public. Examples include: The Dick Cheney Energy Task Force records that JW pursued before the United States Supreme Court; Attorney General John Ashcroft’s order advising government agencies to withhold all discretionary disclosures; invoking executive privilege to block the House Government Reform Committee’s probe of the Campaign Financing Task Force.If the Democrats’ proposed measure (Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011) becomes law, former presidents will be allowed to assert a new “constitutionally based privilege” against disclosing records of their liking. Here is how it would work; the Archivist of the United States would be required to notify the former president, as well as the incumbent, of intentions to make records public. Anything that either the former or current president claims should be kept private won’t be released.The veteran Brooklyn congressman (Edolphus Towns) who recently introduced the law in the U.S. House has yet to explain why it’s necessary. What’s certain is that Obama has failed miserably to keep his promise of running the most transparent administration in history. For examples read highlights from Judicial Watch’s testimony before Congress earlier this year. JW was invited to testify in separate House and Senate hearings during “Sunshine Week,” a national initiative by the news media, nonprofits and other organizations to promote government transparency and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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  • farrightwing

    Can we go for the full court press on this dictator? A Tyrant if not a U S citizen. Banish the Democrat Party for bringing us this unvetted candidate who was elected twice!

  • JOHN THUNDER EAGLE

    does not have the official seal stamped on it. Everyone who voted for this man believed everything he said during his campaign. Why are the citizens of this country asleep they need to wake up and get this guy out of office legally even if it means taking it to the Supreme Court. Do any lawyers out there have the courage to pursue this issue.I’m sure that Judicial Watch has lawyers I’m just one person but, with many

  • JOHN THUNDER EAGLE

    Why haven’t the citizens of this nation risen up for impeachment and remove him from office. His birth ceriticate

  • Kluxton

    Who is the corruptist polition in the USA, Barack Hussein Obama. He was the liar who was ellected on a open government platform, while for the last three years, he has fought tooth and naiul about revealing any truth about his background. He birth certificates are blatently false, he got grants for tuition as a foreign national, his birth place has only clearly been identified, as far as I can see, as Kenya. Yet he claims to be a Natural Born Citizen when his father is definitely a foreigner. He has taken over USA as a Dictator, he makes laws by Exective fiat. He has some form of power behind the scenes, which enables hin to persuade Supreme court justices to bow to his wishes. Ther is therefore no Law remaining in USA. We have gone back before the times of the great western immigration. May be we can bring a couple more African dictators over here so at least Obama has some competition and maybe fat cats in congress will realise they will lose their piggy banks if they do not do something soon.