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Today, according to the New York Times, a Presidential pen stroke rendered an executive order rescinded.

This was a Gonzales writeup and GWB signature, and what it did was prevent the disinfecting power of sunlight from being used on not just Bush II's first term, but both terms of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidency as well as BushI's and Reagan's records. Good riddance.

The new order still reserves some records from immediate disclosure, but that might not be pure evil.

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Submitted by tartu on

Now if he continues this way, I might start to feel some hope.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Bush's executive order essentially ignored the Presidential Records Act. Does anyone think he and Alberto Gonzales would've complied with a new law assuming Congress had had the cajones to challenge him by passing it?

If Bush and/or Cheney violated the PRA and took took a bunch of stuff with them (the PRA specifically made POTUS and VP records publicly owned documents so they aren't Bush and Cheney's to take) do you think there will be any consequences? Laws are irrelevant if they aren't enforced.

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right -- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. " - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Submitted by Sarah on

can you influence that person to sponsor a bill for that law?

I agree we need it.

(Hell, I'd be for a constitutional amendment to codify it.)


We can admit that we’re killers … but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

1 John 4:18

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Submitted by bringiton on

when I tug?

Already spoken to him, dunno how many times; begged, pleaded, whined, complained, moaned and groaned, for a law to reverse that Bush order. His response was always that he probably couldn't get the votes and if there were enough to pass then Bush would veto and there certainly weren't enough to override.

All true at the time.

Things have changed.

I sent off a to-do list to him, Pelosi, Boxer, DiFi and Reid yesterday, FWIW, including setting into law public access to every scrap of executive office information not classified for national security. It is, after all, the people's business and we ought to be able to know how it is being conducted. We'll see.

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Submitted by Sarah on

snapping and foaming at the mouth because the Dems won in November (except, inexplicably, his seat and one Texas Senate spot for Rick Noriega instead of John (Big Doofus) Cornyn. Grr.)


We can admit that we’re killers … but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

1 John 4:18