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Secret equals public (at least for visitor logs)

I’m not shocked, nor should anyone that’s been awake for the past seven years. But the news of the Bush administration’s steadfast pursuit of complete and utter control of the executive branch without any oversight still elicits a physical response from me.

The Bush administration announced this week that they would seek an appeal (link) to a recent ruling declaring that Secret Service logs were in the public domain and thereby covered by the Freedom of Information Act. The ruling ordered the Bush administration to turn the visitor logs public.

Nobody likes to hear when they are told they are wrong. And no one likes to be told what to do. However, these logs are the people's property, not the property of White House. I'm sure that Bill Clinton would have loved to have kept his visitor logs a secret; but he couldn't. The visitor logs during the Clinton era were open (link), so the same rules apply toward the Bush administration. The White House needs to back down from this frivolous appeal; they need to realize that it's the price of admission for an open and transparent government.

Same goes for when the Bush administration signed an agreement with the Secret Service in 2006 in a effort to hide the access that Jack Abramoff (link) had to the White House, the administration was wrong. The visitor logs are public's property. Period.

For those that support this administration's opinion: that anything that the President deems outside of the prying eyes of an informed public is okie-dokie, I ask you this: what are you afraid of?

This was a government that was designed to be open. And an open government is dependent on the flow of unencumbered information.

When one seeks out information, it's a journey that takes many twists and turns; where preconceived notions are frequently transformed by the hard facts found during discovery. At times, those hard facts are difficult to accept, as facts may deviate from initial beliefs. Faith, in and of itself cannot sustain or live on its own. And, we, as evolving humans, must accept the results of our journey for enlightenment and the path for truth. We should honor the results, no matter how difficult the answer becomes.

So for every legal maneuver, every appeal, every frivolous lawsuit brought by this administration to bury the truth from its people, we, as citizens of this republic, should say loud and clear: "Let the facts stand alone."

If the facts show that the administration is not at fault; let the administration celebrate. If the facts show that the administration gave unfair access to certain groups or individuals; let the administration be admonished.

Facts are our friend, not our enemy.

Posted by john trevisani at December 21, 2007 8:48 AM
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I agree John. The administration should back off on this one, it does make it seem like they have something to hide.
You would think they would have been smart enough to try and hide the documents in some room in the WH at least.

Posted by: kctim at December 21, 2007 11:27 AM
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Or maybe that’s the reason Cheney’s office went up in flames. There were so many documents that they were burning that it got out of control. :)

Posted by: john trevisani at December 21, 2007 12:29 PM
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john, your last comment was obviously done “tongue in cheek”, but with the so-secretive attitude of this administration, those thoughts come very quickly to mind. As they head into the last year of their term, I’d advise the DC fire dpt. to be on their toes… ;)

Posted by: Jane Doe at December 21, 2007 1:49 PM
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If the fire were arson, it is almost guaranteed that report would be made top secret for national security reasons.

We have had quite enough of this. Which is why The Democratic and Republican Parties are losing registered voters to the Independent classification, and the Independents are forming organizations and parties of their own. Just the beginning, which is how all great things come to be, with a beginning.

Posted by: David R. Remer at December 21, 2007 3:00 PM
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IF? it was arson, David? That is like saying that dude shoved all those documents down his pants because he was cold.

I agree that people are getting tired of this crap. I just wish I was as sure, that the change you speak of, is really going to happen.
I still believe too many people think its ok to ignore their “guys” corruption because they fear the other “guys” will win.
I hope I am wrong.

I don’t know if its the xmas break or what, but the lack of Republicans trying to come up with a valid explanation on here, shows me, IMO, that they too might believe that this administration should just drop this action.

Posted by: kctim at December 21, 2007 4:49 PM
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i’m surprised

It’s must be extremely tiring to come up with creative ways to defend this administration. It’s why i have such sympathy for the white house communications director; in a few months Dana Perino will start looking like Beatrice Arthur.

Posted by: john trevisani at December 21, 2007 5:13 PM
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