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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Let the people know the facts...

The editorial in today's State Journal-Register discusses a recent federal case where the judge ruled that White House visitor logs are public documents. (SJ-R: Our Opinion: Openness protects public interest.)

What’s strange about the guest log case is that it centers around visits paid by nine prominent religious conservatives, including the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and James Dobson of Focus on the Family.
A watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed suit to find out when the Christian leaders met with White House officials. (Their lawsuit was a follow-up to an earlier Washington Post suit that sought to open the visitor logs of Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. The Post lost its suit and dropped the case, but CREW picked it up.)

It's really hard to imagine why such records should be kept away from the public. Although, not hard to imagine why the president would want them kept private.

The editorial also highlights recent legislation passed by the House and Senate which improves and broadens the Freedom of Information Act. The SJ-R calls on the president to:

[...] sign these standards into law. Doing so would send an important message: His administration doesn’t fear sunshine.

I may be missing something there, but the president did sign such legislation into law two days ago. Maybe there's more legislation out there along these same lines, or maybe the editorial was written before Monday. Well, whatever. As if any openness legislation will matter to this White House. It's appealing the aforesaid federal ruling.

In any event, I think now is a good time to quote the following:

Let the people know the facts and the country will be safe. -- Abraham Lincoln (1864)

(Photo of said quote)

Posted by Marie at January 2, 2008 10:03 PM


Although, not hard to imagine why the president would want them kept private.

He would want to keep private meetings with James Dobson and Jerry Falwell?

Posted by: Ben at January 2, 2008 10:44 PM

Unfortunately, this administration does not see itself subject to mere laws. One more year and we're done with them.

Posted by: Dave at January 3, 2008 9:08 AM

great quote.

Posted by: allie at January 3, 2008 11:23 PM