Notes January 26 2008
January 26, 2008 § Leave a comment
Freedom of Information Think Progress
On New Years Eve, facing “congressional pushback against the Bush administration’s movement to greater secrecy,” President Bush signed the OPEN Government Act, toughening the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The legislation — unanimously passed by the House and Senate — would push agencies to respond more quickly to records requests.
But now, the White House is doing everything it can to neuter the law. Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT) said yesterday that Bush’s FY2009 “funds for the Office of Government Information Services authorized under the newly enacted OPEN Government Act will be shifted to the Department of Justice” from the National Archives.
Is it not obvious that the Israelis turned the pressure on Gaza just after Bush left the region? But tearing down the wall to Egypt may also be part of a large revolt against food prices and unavailability in much of the world.