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Judge says Bush order on records goes too far

October 2nd, 2007 . by TexasFred

WASHINGTON — Presidents don’t have indefinite veto power over which records are made public after they’ve left office, a federal judge ruled Monday.

In a narrowly crafted ruling, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly invalidated part of President Bush’s 2001 executive order, which allowed former presidents and vice presidents to review executive records before they are released under the Freedom of Information Act.

By law, the National Archives has the final say over the release of presidential records and Kollar-Kotelly ruled that Bush’s executive order “effectively eliminates” that discretion. It allows former presidents to delay the release of records “presumably indefinitely,” she said.

The judge ordered the National Archives not to withhold any more documents based on that section of the executive order.

The ruling was made in a lawsuit filed by the American Historical Association and other organizations, which argued that Bush’s Executive Order 13,233 was an “impermissible exercise of the executive power.”

The judge dismissed most of the claims and sidestepped some of the loftier questions, such as whether the entire order was unconstitutional or whether former presidents can claim executive privilege as grounds for withholding documents.

Spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said the White House was reviewing the opinion and considering its options.

Judge says Bush order on records goes too far

Well, is Mr. Bush going to be taken to task or is this a libber judge out to grind an axe??

I am hoping that it’s a call to prayer meeting thing, as SBeene from Texas Minutemen has said, “This man forgets, or does not believe, that he is a paid employee of US citizens and thus has NO right to pick and choose just which work products we can see or not.”

The far right will claim Bush is being persecuted by the left, the far left will claim it’s a Rove conspiracy come to fruition and those true Conservatives caught in the middle are still paying the bills for a Globalist asshat…

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6 Responses to “Judge says Bush order on records goes too far”

  1. comment number 1 by: Robert

    I say when Bush’s term is up we DEPORT his sorry ass….let him live with the group he is making us live with…

    Once he leaves office we are going to hear a lot about what really went on in the WH. and NOTHING will surprise me at this point.

  2. comment number 2 by: Basti

    This sort of thing goes all the way back to Lincoln’s 2nd term and his assassination. Some records concerning this weren’t suppose to see the light of day for 100 years. Then when the 100 years were up, surprise, surprise the records were missing or destroyed by one of Lincoln’s sons. More of the same went on with FDR, JFK, LBJ, and of course Nixon.

    If the public ever knew the true story of how presidents act and how the nation is governed/mis-governed there would be a full scale revolt. And that’s why things are hidden, lost, erased, or simply destroyed.

    Bush II will find a way to get his way, politicians always do.

  3. comment number 3 by: Ranando

    It’s really a sad day in America when the most corrupt person in the country is the President and the most corrupt place is the White House.

    Nothing will ever change no-matters who gets elected as long as it takes $300,000,000.00 to be President.

    We need to get back to the days when an everyday American can throw his hat in the ring and win.

  4. comment number 4 by: sbeene

    Basti has hit the nail right on the button. Robert Lincoln was observed burning many of Abe’s papers in a fireplace. When asked why he responded that many should never be seen as it would not be good for the republic.

    All the elected good guys, traitors, and assorted nitwits are EMPLOYEES and do NOT have the right to tell their employers what they will and will not do……..nor…..what paperwork we can see. Can you imagine telling your boss that?

    Like John Nance Garner said about the vice-presidency…….”it’s not worth a bucket of warm spit”. The same is true for most of those in office now.

  5. comment number 5 by: Kurt P

    I just wonder if her answer would have been the same if it was William J. Clinton with the same executive order?

  6. comment number 6 by: gunz

    Bush isn’t too bright so I’d say that even a ‘challenged’ person could probably decipher his BS globalist intentions, should now, but official documents would be nice.

    Thus what Basti said, they’ll get burned or some shit, destroyed all the same.