Who Visited Dick and George?
So it seems that Cheney is trying to cover the administration and his tracks. What in the visitors records will we find that he is fighting to keep under wraps? Read on>>>
A law suit has filed under The Freedom of Information Act, on behalf of “The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington” to see the confidential log that Bush and Cheney had the Secret Service keep on those who visited The White House Complex and Cheney’s residents at the Naval Observatory. The White House is fighting to keep the log secret claiming it as Presidential Records.
The drive to keep secret the lists of visitors to the White House complex and Cheney’s home, the administration says, is essential to ensuring the president and vice president receive candid advice to carry out their duties. The decision made the logs exempt from a law requiring their disclosure to whoever asks to see them.
Why would they fight to make the log top secret? Who was it that spent time with (P)resident and Vice (P)resident, and what might they have been disguising that would require such action? Could it have be the leaders of the Religious Right, or maybe more male prostitutes? That is the one thing about this administration’s operating in such secrecy, it is open to all kind of speculation.
Lawsuits are bringing to light new details about the White House push to make sure the public doesn’t learn who has been meeting with top Bush administration officials.
Cheney’s counsel wrote the Secret Service last September, instructing the agency not to preserve copies of visitor data for the vice president’s personal residence. The Secret Service has been giving the originals to the vice president’s office since the start of the Bush administration.
It seems that the administration might be trying to hide some wrong doing linking them to the Jack Aberamoff scandal.
The government’s court filings show that the Bush White House focused on the issue in the months before Election Day 2004.
Discussions moved into high gear when the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal prompted news organizations and private groups to demand that the administration release Secret Service records of visitors to the White House complex and the vice president’s residence.
The Bush administration says that they are right in their stance.
The Bush administration says it is standing on principle.
“It is important that the president be able to receive candid advice from his staff and other members of the administration,” Fratto said. “To ensure that he receives candid advice, it is essential as a general matter that the advice remains confidential.”
The Presidential Record Act of 1978, allowed a President’s records to start to be released five years after he had left office. But in 2001 G.W. Bush signed an executive order that doesn’t allow records to be released with out consent of the president in question or a family representative.
“The scary thing about this move by the vice president’s office is the power grab part of it,” said Tom Blanton, head of the National Security Archive, a private group that uses the FOIA law to pierce government secrecy.
“We’re looking at a huge problem if the White House can reach into any agency and say certain records have something to do with the White House and they are presidential from now on,” Blanton said. “This White House has been infinitely creative in finding new ways and new forms of government secrecy.”
The one sure thing this has done if allowed to stand is, et this administration cover-up, the truth on so many questionable acts the have preformed in the eight years they stole.
This is a little something I put together the other day.