Friday, October 01, 2004

The Bush Betrayal: Chapter 10

We continue coverage of this awesome book with another small sample:

        Chapter Title: Government by Stealth
Section Heading: Protecting Presidents From History

The Bush Administration is secretive. I don't know what Nixon and LBJ and others were like, but damn - if any president in history was more corrupt and secretive than this one (Reagan, maybe?) - I just don't want to know about it.

Here, Bush basically tries to protect his records from ever becoming public - at least until he's dead:

On November 1, 2001, President Bush issued an executive order entitled "Further Implementation of the Presidential Records Act." Bush's order effectively overturned an act of Congress and a Supreme Court decision and could make it far more difficult for Americans to learn of government abuses. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley declared that Bush's executive order "effectively rewrote the Presidential Records Act, converting it from a measure guaranteering public access to one that blocks it."44

44. Carl M. Cannon, "For the Record," National Journal, January 12, 2002.

Link to original article (and Chapter 1 - Introduction) here.

Link to previous chapter.

Chapter 11.

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