Obama Wants Secrecy for White House Visitors

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Just what we need — even more secrecy from the “most transparent administration”!
H/t beloved FellowshipOfMinds member tina!
~Steve & Eowyn

Obama lawyers want more secrecy at White House

By Bob Unruh – WorldNetDaily – May 1, 2010 
The federal government is arguing that previous court rulings applying the Freedom of Information Act to records such as the visitor logs at the White House are incorrect, and President Obama’s administration should be allowed to withhold from the public the information it chooses.
 A new government brief filed in a court dispute over the records argues, instead, that people with questions about who visits the White House should go to the White House website and ask for the information, and if the president agrees, it could be released. The April 21 brief filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia insisted the court should hold that “visitor records are presidential records, particularly given the fact that the White House is voluntarily disclosing the records to the public.” Further, the records assembled and used by the United States Secret Service are not even in the “custody” of the federal agency, since they are transferred periodically onto computer disk and given to the White House, the filing said.
The Obama administration would undermine a key transparency law in order to keep White House visitor logs secret,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, which has been fighting for more than a decade over visitor logs. “Only the Obama administration could offer to release pre-scrubbed White House visitor logs while withholding tens of thousands of other records and call it transparency,” he said. “President Obama has violated his campaign promises of openness and transparency. We hope the court will do what is had done on previous occasions and uphold FOIA law,” he said.
This visitor-log dispute with the Obama administration began last year when Judicial Watch first requested records of who is coming in and out of the White House, then filed a lawsuit. Judicial Watch, a nonpartisan, political watchdog group, originally began seeking public disclosure of White House visitors 15 years ago. Through multiple legal victories, Judicial Watch uncovered records of Monica Lewinsky’s visits during the Clinton administration and of lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s visits during the Bush years.
The latest brief, however, is a continuation of the Obama White House efforts to stonewall requests for public information, the organization said. Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request last August for the White House visitor logs from Obama’s first day in office until the present. The Department of Homeland Security denied the request. An appeal followed and the lawsuit was filed early this year.
Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” Fitton told WND. “It is of interest to know who the White House and who public officials are meeting with as they conduct government business. By the White House refusing to abide by the FOIA law, there’s no way for citizens to go to court and hold them accountable.” Fitton said the White House plan to “voluntarily” disclose information leaves wide open the option to withhold virtually anything.
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0 responses to “Obama Wants Secrecy for White House Visitors

  1. Well, no shit, Bob.
    The Comrade Chairman is no different from the long line of tyrannical totalitarians who came before him, even those predating recorded history.
    This is not our America anymore, and it never will be again if we don’t run these cretins off come November.
    Every last f’ing one of them.
    -Dave

     
  2. Do we have to wait???

     
  3. Ah, so the next time people break security and crash White House parties or SEIU/ACORN people show up to say “hi,” it’ll be classified.

     

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