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From: TSS (216-119-132-25.ipset12.wt.net)
Subject: SECRECY IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
Date: January 6, 2005 at 9:57 am PST

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Subject: SECRECY IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 09:14:12 -0600
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@LISTSERV.KALIV.UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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SECRECY IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

SECRECY IN THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Open and accountable government is one of the bedrock principles of our
democracy. Yet virtually since inauguration day, questions have been
raised about
the Bush Administrations commitment to this principle. News articles
and reports
by independent groups over the last four years have identified a growing
series of
instances where the Administration has sought to operate without public or
congressional scrutiny.
At the request of Rep. Henry A. Waxman, this report is a comprehensive
examination of secrecy in the Bush Administration. It analyzes how the
Administration has implemented each of our nations major open
government laws.
The report finds that there has been a consistent pattern in the
Administrations
actions: laws that are designed to promote public access to information
have been
undermined, while laws that authorize the government to withhold
information or to
operate in secret have repeatedly been expanded. The cumulative result is an
unprecedented assault on the principle of open government.
The Administration has supported amendments to open government laws to
create
new categories of protected information that can be withheld from the
public.
President Bush has issued an executive order sharply restricting the
public release of
the papers of past presidents. The Administration has expanded the
authority to
classify documents and dramatically increased the number of documents
classified. It
has used the USA Patriot Act and novel legal theories to justify secret
investigations,
detentions, and trials. And the Administration has engaged in litigation
to contest
Congress right to information.
The records at issue have covered a vast array of topics, ranging from
simple census
data and routine agency correspondence to presidential and vice
presidential records.
Among the documents that the Administration has refused to release to
the public
and members of Congress are (1) the contacts between energy companies
and the
Vice Presidents energy task force, (2) the communications between the
Defense
Department and the Vice Presidents office regarding contracts awarded to
Halliburton, (3) documents describing the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib, (4)
memoranda revealing what the White House knew about Iraqs weapons of mass
destruction, and (5) the cost estimates of the Medicare prescription
drug legislation
withheld from Congress.
There are three main categories of federal open government laws: (1)
laws that
provide public access to federal records; (2) laws that allow the
government to
restrict public access to federal information; and (3) laws that provide for
congressional access to federal records. In each area, the Bush
Administration has
acted to restrict the amount of government information that is available.

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This review of the nations open government laws reveals that the Bush
Administration has systematically sought to limit disclosure of
government records
while expanding its authority to operate in secret. Through legislative
changes,
implementing regulations, and administrative practices, the
Administration has
undermined the laws that make the federal government more transparent to its
citizens, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Presidential
Records Act,
and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. At the same time, the Administration
has expanded the reach of the laws authorizing the Administration to
classify
documents and to act without public or congressional oversight.
Individually,
some of the changes implemented by the Bush Administration may have limited
impact. Taken together, however, the Administrations actions represent an
unparalleled assault on the principle of open and accountable government.

FULL TEXT 90 PAGES

http://democrats.reform.house.gov/features/secrecy_report/pdf/pdf_secrecy_report.pdf

NOW i know why they never honored my request for all the mad cow
feed ban warnings...

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/madcow/messages/454.html

TSS

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