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Obama Orders Could Open Records
WaPo ^ | January 21, 2009 | Sarah Cohen

Posted on 01/21/2009 6:56:37 PM PST by Red Steel

Barack Obama's first acts as president included signing three orders today that could open public access to documents and records that had been closed off during the Bush administration.

Obama reversed George W. Bush's restrictions on access to records of former presidents. He also told the Justice Department to write new guidance to agencies on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to improve transparency, and gave top officials in his administration four months to create a new "Open Government Directive" that he said would go beyond the requirements of the open records law.

If the new rules are followed within the government, they could open scores of records that have been closed for years to the public and reporters. Some agencies, with the encouragement of the Bush administration's legal advisers in the Justice Department, have reached deep into FOIA's exemptions to withhold information.

During the military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay, for example, the names of drugs forcibly administered to prisoners were withheld, claiming they would create "an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy" -- one of the law's reasons for rejection. News organizations and local citizen groups have had little access to information on toxic chemical spills that used to be readily available on the Internet. And agencies have tried to rebuff The Post and other news organizations on such requests as the schedules of high-level officials, the names and salaries of political appointees, and inspection results for government-owned or subsidized housing.

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The two memoranda to agency heads reverse the Bush administration's policy of rejecting requests for records whenever there is a justification in the loosely worded Freedom of Information Act.

One of Obama's memos says: "The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bho44; eo; fia; foia; obama
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One of Obama's memos says: "The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.

Does this include your government record too Obama?

1 posted on 01/21/2009 6:56:39 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

Hawaii Birth Certificates?

Area 51?

JFK files?


2 posted on 01/21/2009 6:58:43 PM PST by CriticalJ
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To: Red Steel

This is stupid and could put a lot of people in danger.


3 posted on 01/21/2009 6:58:44 PM PST by smokingfrog (Never underestimate the influence of a wife who bitch-slaps her husband in public.)
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To: Red Steel

Releasing dirt on the Clintons?


4 posted on 01/21/2009 6:59:59 PM PST by conservative cat ("So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause.")
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To: Red Steel

I guess we’ll have to wait until he’s a “former president” before we see his actual birth certificate.


5 posted on 01/21/2009 7:00:46 PM PST by Deo volente (High Noon, January 20, 2009: Our long national nightmare begins.)
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To: Red Steel
Obama's directive will not extend to Hawaii state records.

On the other hand the second he issues such a directive I'm going to ask for the FBI "raw files" on every managing editor of the Washington Post, Newsweek, Berkshire-Hathaway, New York Times, etc.

I'm sure his closer confidents will bring him around on this issue ~ BTW, this sort of cr*p is little more than "throw ups" from his remaining campaign staff. They're all nuts. Few of them will get real jobs.

6 posted on 01/21/2009 7:01:46 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: smokingfrog

Yep. He’s gonna get us all killed.


7 posted on 01/21/2009 7:02:14 PM PST by WVNan
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To: smokingfrog
This is stupid and could put a lot of people in danger.

Starting with him ...

8 posted on 01/21/2009 7:02:19 PM PST by clamper1797 (I pledge to give the Obamanation the same level of support that the liberals gave GWB)
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To: Red Steel

Does this release passport records as well? If so, we need to put in a FOI for Obama’s passport information.


9 posted on 01/21/2009 7:02:19 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: Red Steel

This does not sound like a good idea.


10 posted on 01/21/2009 7:02:37 PM PST by linn37 (cue the circus music the democrats are back in charge)
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To: Red Steel

Bring it on!

It had better include your Democrat buddines in Congress too. I’d love to take a peek at their ‘records’.

Especially the secret TARP meetings where billions of taxpayer dollars are going to ... ???? ... we have no idea.


11 posted on 01/21/2009 7:02:48 PM PST by Lorianne (People who do not own their homes outright are mortgage-owners, not homeowners.)
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To: Red Steel

Is this to benefit his Kissy Poopy buddies in the press..


12 posted on 01/21/2009 7:02:48 PM PST by tubebender (Your Tag Line offends me...)
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To: Red Steel

What’s next? C.A.I.R.-types using FOI to gain our real-time military intelligence on Iran or Al Qaeda.

Lord help us.


13 posted on 01/21/2009 7:02:55 PM PST by adm5 (YOU CANNOT FIX CAPITALISM WITH SOCIALISM! -Glenn Beck)
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To: conservative cat

i’m thinking it will be dirt on Bush instead...you know how Piglosi is jonesing to try him on “war crimes.”


14 posted on 01/21/2009 7:03:01 PM PST by MountainWoman
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To: Red Steel
Obama reversed George W. Bush's restrictions on access to records of former presidents.

So that WAS Sandy Burglar I saw pounding on the doors of The National Archives a couple of minutes ago.

15 posted on 01/21/2009 7:03:41 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Red Steel
Obama is wrecklessly playing with our national security for one.

Second, we shall see that he is a huge hypocrit (as if we did not already know).

Will FOIA provisions apply to his birth certificate? to his college records? to those things he, as President, feels should be kepot under wraps?

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

16 posted on 01/21/2009 7:04:05 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Red Steel

Objective: Destruction of the US. Full speed ahead.

There is a lot of info released that WILL be very useful for the terrorists.


17 posted on 01/21/2009 7:04:13 PM PST by FocusNexus ("Good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise." GW Bush)
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To: clamper1797

This could raise some eyebrows. Talk about opening a can of worms....


18 posted on 01/21/2009 7:04:46 PM PST by Rennes Templar (The Messiah and the Religion of Fleece)
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To: Red Steel

I can see libs and nuts all over salivating over the prospect of finally finding the locations of the Bushcheneyhaliburton Concentration Camps, actually seeing the Secret Bush Plans of 9/11, and the US military plans to take over the World....LOL!


19 posted on 01/21/2009 7:07:09 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: Red Steel
One of Obama's memos says: "The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.

Typical liberal bull crap. The rules apply to everyone except the fraudulent illegal alien and his cadre of hypocrites. What a crock!

20 posted on 01/21/2009 7:07:28 PM PST by One_American
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To: WVNan
Yep. He’s gonna get us all killed

He my be putting his own life in jeopardy with some of This BS Hillary and Bill still have contact info for Graig Livingston

21 posted on 01/21/2009 7:08:38 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom.)
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To: adm5

Or what about us acquiring intelligence on Obama’s buddies in CAIR?


22 posted on 01/21/2009 7:09:10 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Red Steel

Zero himself is excluded I’m sure.


23 posted on 01/21/2009 7:09:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Red Steel

I think we should start filing FOIAs for everything we can think of. Test Obama’s new rule.


24 posted on 01/21/2009 7:09:54 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: MountainWoman

I want the FBI files on her father ~ he was a Siciliano Protectore ya’ know.


25 posted on 01/21/2009 7:09:59 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Red Steel

Moscow and Bejing would have a field day, “face of doubt” eh. I can’t see this happening.


26 posted on 01/21/2009 7:10:26 PM PST by eyedigress ( "Sully" You ARE a hero!)
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To: Red Steel

Let’s start with your Blackberry emails.


27 posted on 01/21/2009 7:11:41 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: MountainWoman

“Piglosi is jonesing to try him on “war crimes.”

What would a Communist revolution be, without show trials?/s


28 posted on 01/21/2009 7:13:12 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: Red Steel

My thoughts exactly: I just had a huge wailing argument through e mail with an old “friend” who I hadn’t seen for 30 years, who sent me an earlier WaPo article on the same subject. This Bush-and-Cheney hating fellow assumes that a great many incriminating e mails passing back and forth amongst Bush appointees are going to reveal great substance to his claim that Bush lied to get us into war, and that some intelligence was withheld at the expense of only that intelligence which supported Bush’s war plans.
There is no irony in his perspective that perhaps some intelligence is weighed relative to other intelligence, and that, hard as the choice might be, one has to err on the side of safety.
This BUSH LIED thesis is not only impossible to prove, regardless of what one thinks of Bush, it is unlikely ANY President , through the agency of his own Justice Dept. will reveal ANYTHING that directly incriminates him as a “LIAR”. Among other things that’s what I was trying to tell this guy, and after a few more e mails from him which read like classic Leftist snarky snarliness, he told me “Yeah, you’re pissing me off. Let’s call off the emails”. But earlier he had managed to liken Cheney to Stalin, and badmouth Republicans as being friends with “anti-Castro Cubans”, and support Gore and his global warming scam. So I knew he was clueless anyway.


29 posted on 01/21/2009 7:14:01 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("One was drawing funny faces, but his own was grave"--Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica)
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To: Red Steel

Are you kidding? He won’t even release his COLB.


30 posted on 01/21/2009 7:14:16 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money. Margret Thatcher)
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To: Red Steel

I think so, too.
How would we go about doing this?
Anybody wanna make a project out of this?
Draft a few sample plans, then figure out ways
to publicize our passionate committment to Obamaian FOIA
transparency, and get ALL HIS RECORDS TOO!


31 posted on 01/21/2009 7:16:47 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("One was drawing funny faces, but his own was grave"--Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica)
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To: Red Steel

I think so, too.
How would we go about doing this?
Anybody wanna make a project out of this?
Draft a few sample plans, then figure out ways
to publicize our passionate committment to Obamaian FOIA
transparency, and get ALL HIS RECORDS TOO!


32 posted on 01/21/2009 7:17:03 PM PST by supremedoctrine ("One was drawing funny faces, but his own was grave"--Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica)
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To: Red Steel

This is all horse s**t.

The new rule is, Obama will disclose everything, unless Eric Holder, the pay-for-play pardon promoter Obama appointed as AG, tells him not to.

“Hey, Eric. You don’t want me to disclose that conversation I had with the Hamas financial guy and the briefcase with the you-know-what he gave to my banker in Buenos Aires, do you?”

“Oh, no sir, Mr. President. Don’t disclose it. I will have thought up and written a memo about a constitutional excuse, I mean reason, by 3:00 today.

“That’s what I thought you would say, Eric.... and if anyone asks, we both take the 5th.”

“Yes, sir, Mr. President.”

BOHICA!


33 posted on 01/21/2009 7:17:07 PM PST by MindBender26 (ATTN: Rev. Lowery: Sorry 'bout that, but I am White, and I got it Right years ago!)
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To: Jeff Head
records of former presidents

Not the now and forever president.

34 posted on 01/21/2009 7:17:24 PM PST by BARLF
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To: Red Steel

What an ass. Transparency a must for everyone but º.

Marxist!


35 posted on 01/21/2009 7:19:44 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to Obama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
Bingo! Nail, hammer, head.

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

36 posted on 01/21/2009 7:20:50 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: MountainWoman

No, I think that they are still after those records from Cheney’s energy meetings. There is nothing illegal or damaging in them, most likely. I think that this is a question of presidential powers. The Bush administration left office without producing papers that a judge ordered produced.

This will go to the supreme court. You can bet on it.


37 posted on 01/21/2009 7:22:49 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: Red Steel
FISA must cc: to alqueda prior to issuance of a warrant...

Oh, never mind...that's a media leak job.

38 posted on 01/21/2009 7:23:42 PM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Jeff Head
Hey Jeff. I don't know if you've seen this but it once again shows the double standard of Zero. I originally found the quote on the senate website but it has since disappered but I'm sure you could find it elsewhere pretty easily.

"Let me also say that I remain distressed that the White House during this confirmation process, which overall went smoothly, failed to provide critical documents as part of the record that could have provided us with a better basis to make our judgment with respect to the nomination. This White House continues to stymie efforts on the part of the Senate to do its job. I hope with the next nominee who comes up for the Supreme Court that the White House recognizes that in fact it is its duty not just to the Senate but to the American people to make sure we can thoroughly and adequately evaluate the record of every single nominee who comes before us."

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on the Confirmation of Judge John Roberts
39 posted on 01/21/2009 7:23:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: CriticalJ

How ‘bout the Clinton Marc Rich papers? Hillary emails between her and Vince Foster? emails between Clinton Ron Brown, or Ron Brown’s secretary that was found dead in her office?


40 posted on 01/21/2009 7:28:25 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: CriticalJ

How ‘bout the emails and phone records of calls between Clinton and Richardson during the Monica Lewinski investigation. Remember Richardson was at the UN and offered Lewinski a job, there?


41 posted on 01/21/2009 7:30:38 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: Eva

why didn’t the administration produce them...unless there WAS something damaging?


42 posted on 01/21/2009 7:30:38 PM PST by MountainWoman
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To: MountainWoman

It was a matter of presidential powers. The president has a right to consult anyone that he wants without disclosing what advice was given or who was talked to. Bush and Cheney claim that the president would be extremely isolated if everyone that he wanted to talk to felt that their words were going to be repeated and demonized by the opposition media.


43 posted on 01/21/2009 7:35:51 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: MountainWoman

I should have added that I don’t think that the emails that the judge wanted are in existence at this time. The judge’s order said that he did not believe that the Bush administration had been diligent enough in their search.

I guess diligent enough is a matter of interpretation.


44 posted on 01/21/2009 7:38:19 PM PST by Eva (CHANGE- the post modern euphemism for Marxist revolution.)
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To: Eva

hmmm...well we’ll see if obama “interprets” this “transparency” to include himself as well?? doubt it.


45 posted on 01/21/2009 7:44:27 PM PST by MountainWoman
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To: CriticalJ

Rose Law Firm records? Vince Foster?


46 posted on 01/21/2009 7:52:16 PM PST by sono ("I love George W. Bush" - Dalai Lama)
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To: Lorianne

John Kerry’s discharge records?


47 posted on 01/21/2009 7:53:06 PM PST by sono ("I love George W. Bush" - Dalai Lama)
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To: MountainWoman

Chris Dodd’s Countrywide Mortgage Papers?


48 posted on 01/21/2009 7:54:28 PM PST by sono ("I love George W. Bush" - Dalai Lama)
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To: Frank_2001

how right you are! :)


49 posted on 01/21/2009 8:04:18 PM PST by MountainWoman
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To: cripplecreek

Hehehe...maybe Roberts had that quote in the back of his mind when he administered the oath.


50 posted on 01/21/2009 8:06:39 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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