Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hello Accountability

Goodbye executive privilege. Via watertiger:
For Immediate Release January 21, 2009
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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish policies and procedures governing the assertion of executive privilege by incumbent and former Presidents in connection with the release of Presidential records by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) pursuant to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, it is hereby ordered as follows:

... Executive Order 13233 of November 1, 2001, is revoked.

Mojo explains the significance.
"[Obama]'s putting former presidents on notice that if you want to continue a claim of executive privilege that [Obama] doesn't think is well-placed, you're going to have to go to court," says Anne Weismann, the chief counsel for Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW).
Let the FOIA requests begin...

[More posts daily at The Detroit News.]

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

This can't be happening! Bush's first days were all about locking the doors and sealing records.

No wonder Rush the Magic Dragon says he wants Obama to fail.

5:06:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I'm pretty bowled over by the pace of the orders. Obama has done a lot in two days to restore rule of law.

5:09:00 PM  

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