Tuesday, June 17, 2008

White House May Keep Documents in E-Mail Flap Private, Judge Rules


White House May Keep Documents in E-Mail Flap Private, Judge Rules
By Del Quentin Wilber

The White House does not have to make public internal documents examining the potential disappearance of e-mails sent during some of the Bush administration's biggest controversies, a U.S. district judge ruled yesterday.

In a 39-page opinion, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said that the White House's Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), even though its top officials had complied with the public records law for more than two decades.

The Office of Administration, which performs a variety of services for the Executive Office of the President, announced it would no longer comply with the FOIA last August, three months after an independent watchdog group filed a lawsuit seeking to discover what happened to the e-mails, which may have vanished from White House computer archives.

Acknowledging that the issue "is a close one, and is not easily resolved," Kollar-Kotelly wrote that the Office of Administration "lacks the type of substantial independent authority" necessary for it to fall under the FOIA. She added that the office performs mostly administrative functions, which also exempts it, and that past compliance with the FOIA was "insufficient by itself" to subject it to the law's requirements.

Kollar-Kotelly dismissed the lawsuit, which was filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).



I guess all those Demmie 'righteous souls' are gnashing their teeth for sure! Yes, we all know how devoted to truth and justice they are (they all need their freezers checked, and then on to the next intern! LOL! I hear Sandy Berger is free for some evening work... we wouldn't want to overtax John Murtha in his various slanders, let the young fellas do it. Oh, Barack Obama IS a young fella... well, then their God is in their heaven and all's right with their world...!)


Anonymous cassie said...

I'm glad. It serves them right. I wonder what other bogus charges they're going to drum up? They're not going to like an actual court telling them 'no'. No, they'd say that that's not 'democratic'.

I believe them; it's not democratic (party). They want to be able to bring down, slander, and punish any political adversary as they please.

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