...Of course, when the Bush Administration isn't lying, it's obsessed with keeping its actions secret from the American people and Congress, and once again, P.L.A. has the goods. For example:
- Attorney General John Ashcroft, who took an oath to uphold Federal law, has assured government officials that it will defend denials of Freedom of Information Act requests (via SixDifferentWays), reversing a Clinton-era policy that presumed government records were public information. (Oh, did I mention that the reversal came after, among other things, information came o light that state prosecutors were refusing to prosecute a number of terrorism cases referred by the FBI and other agencies?)
- Bush signed an executive order that restricts the routine release of previous Presidential documents to the pleasure of the sitting President, even if the former officeholder desires their release. The order prevents the scheduled release of records from the Reagan administration *cough*Iran-Contra*cough*.
- Bush claimes the SEC's file will exonerate him from any wrongdoing in the Harken Energy scandal. And no, he won't release the file. (Dig, even the Washington Times has a beef with that!)
- The Administration's fetish for secrecy has irked even GOP lawmakers who take their role in the check and balance system seriously.
And on and on...as P.L.A. notes, "[o]ur capacity for research failed long before the administration’s capacity for secrecy."
Yeah, those are the actions of a trustworthy administration...