In 2006, during the President George W. Bush administration, the liberal watchdog group, Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington, brought a lawsuit to have the White House release visitor logs to the public.
While the lawsuit was still pending, in 2009, Obama agreed to disclose information on most visits—key word most—to the White House and as of August 30, 2012, White House.gov reported 3.34 million records have been released. How many of those listed are members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, if any?
On that same day, The Hill.com reported, “A federal appeals court has ruled that the White House can keep secret some records of visitors who enter the building.”
“In a unanimous decision on Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that visitor logs for the Office of the President, at the center of the White House, are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. (FOIA).”
“Anti-secrecy organizations criticized the ruling as a barrier to public oversight.”
“Decisions like this turn FOIA from a transparency law into a secrecy law,” Tom Fitton, president of the right-leaning Judicial Watch, told The Hill. He added that the decision was “unprecedented.”
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air.com brought up a good point when he observed, “Judicial Watch is being conveniently labeled as, ‘the right-leaning Judicial Watch.’ That’s a very useful description if your sub-text is, ‘those conservative wing-nuts who just want to make trouble for the President because he’s a black Democrat.’ ”
Shaw reminds us of the time when then Vice President, Dick Cheney was meeting with oil industry executives to determine national oil policy and a federal appeals court said he would not have to release the details of those meetings. Take a look at how the left-leaning Boston Globe referred to Judicial Watch as “the anti-corruption group Judicial Watch.”
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