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Obama administration fights to keep WH visitor logs secret

posted at 11:48 am on October 15, 2011 by

Remember when Barack Obama vowed that transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency”? Clearly he didn’t mean his presidency, which has been so committed to secrecy that it excluded the press from an awards ceremony honoring Obama’s (get ready for it) transparency.

On Friday the administration filed a formal appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that Secret Service records of White House visitors are subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

In August U.S. District Court Judge Beryl Howell upheld a March 2009 FOIA request for White House visitor records made by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a DC-based watchdog group. Initially, the request was denied, prompting CREW to sue for injunctive relief.

The judge’s ruling rejected an argument by administration attorneys that the visitor’s log is the property of the White House even though it is maintained and used by the Secret Service. Ironically, the same argument was used by the Bush 43 administration, which candidate Obama roundly castigated for its secrecy.

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I can not wait to get those two out of the wh in 2012! There must be some dandy people on that list for bho and team to be having such a fit to keep them secret?
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letget on October 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM

i really despise this man and this administration

cmsinaz on October 15, 2011 at 5:03 PM

As much as I despise Obozo, I despise the Communist Media more.

They’re killing this country, and they’re doing it with the money Conservatives give them every day for movies, cable t.v., “newspapers”, music, fad products, etc. Etc. Etc.

KMC1 on October 15, 2011 at 11:42 PM