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Obama overturns Bush order on access to White House records
12:00 AM CST on Thursday, January 22, 2009

By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News
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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama began dismantling the Bush legacy Wednesday, using his first full day to overturn an order that let ex-presidents seal their papers forever.

It was one of a number of big and small steps by the new president that, taken together, amounted to a slashing denunciation of his predecessor – from an order halting military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to one meant to make unclassified records more readily available to the public.

"It is a new day," said Lee White, executive director of the National Coalition for History, one of scores of groups that had complained for years about the Bush order regarding White House records. "This ... makes it much more difficult for a former president to shape his legacy."

Researchers generally can't get access to White House records for at least five years after a president leaves office. Documents involving national security remain out of reach far longer.

Concerns over access to White House records had grown more acute as George W. Bush's retirement became imminent.

Bush issued the controversial order two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, citing concerns about the premature release of Clinton-era records, and he defended the policy this month in an interview.

"I am concerned about information getting into the public domain that shouldn't be in the public domain," Bush said.

The policy was a key reason cited by critics of Southern Methodist University's pursuit of his presidential library.

Obama vowed during the campaign to overturn the order, as part of a government "transparency" agenda. Open-government advocates called it a pleasant surprise that he put a focus on the issue so soon after taking office.

"This is the earliest and probably the most emphatic call for more open government from any president," said Tom Blanton, executive director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University.

Bill Clinton took nine months to issue his first directive regarding government records. The Bush administration issued its first directive in October 2001 – a memo by then-Attorney General John Ashcroft that told federal bureaucrats in essence that if they had any reason to withhold records from the public, they should.

Obama ordered the opposite presumption on Wednesday: "In the face of doubt, openness prevails."

"It's a whole new attitude,' said Steven Aftergood, head of the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy. "It's a repudiation of Bush policies. One of the defining features of the Bush administration was a disdain for public disclosure of information."

Delays for release of Ronald Reagan's records reached seven years at one point. The National Archives blamed a shortage of archivists.

Blanton said Bush policies had aggravated the problem, by signaling that timely release of records that by law the public is entitled to inspect isn't a high priority.

"It put molasses into a system that was already gummed up," he said.

Researchers remain hopeful that Congress will codify the order Obama signed Wednesday, so future presidents can't revert to less open policies on White House records. They are also hoping the new administration classifies fewer documents.
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Will he reveal the truth about 911? at last.
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Will he reveal the truth about 911? at last.
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never.
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PIN this Sucker!
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someone needs to set off a nuke soon, Obama is having too much fun
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Now if He will just open the UFO files up to all hands! And the Kennedy killings and the area 51 workers suffering from all kinds of sicknesses! And of course, the list goes on and on!
Don't confuse contempt with caring!
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Will he reveal the truth about 911? at last.
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That might be committing suicide, but I'd wash his feet if he did.
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someone needs to set off a nuke soon, Obama is having too much fun
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lol...I was thinking the same thing. Imagine him in there, going through all Bush's executive orders, and going, "Don't need this, don't need that..." tearing up one after another.

At the very least, it's a good show, right? grinning
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More good news. I am pleased with what Obama has done so far in his short time in office. People kept bitching about how horrible it would be, but I say let the man act before we decide. It's only been a few days, but I like what I see so far.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
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oh sure...he can expose their records...but he won't even allow us to see his fucking BIRTH CERTIFICATE..

fucking hypocrite
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Obama is really asking for a bullet in his brain.

He's not wasting any time, hes taking good, righteous decisions one after the other, he is quickly trying to turn the US back into a good country, where the government is doing what it's supposed to - working FOR THE PEOPLE.

The only problem is, with the decisions over the last 2 days he must already have a million powerful enemies, who just cannot allow this to continue. So as sad as it sounds, he will be murdered very soon. A good man, using his position for advancing what is right, killed -again.

I hope he'll last at least a few years, in that time he is able to turn many stones and lay the foundation where the world can be rebuilt on.

I really love this guy. I really do.
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let the good times roll.


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This is horrible!

Secrets are secrets for a reason! Some thing we are better off not knowing.
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oh sure...he can expose their records...but he won't even allow us to see his fucking BIRTH CERTIFICATE..

fucking hypocrite
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Perhaps you are looking for something, where there is nothing.

[link to www.politifact.com]

Not that any of what's shown in that link will convince you otherwise.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
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This is horrible!

Secrets are secrets for a reason! Some thing we are better off not knowing.
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Now I know you're just a troll.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
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This is horrible!

Secrets are secrets for a reason! Some thing we are better off not knowing.
 Quoting: Guns n' God



Why would you pay for a service that do horrible stuff to the people of America in secret...and make sure you don't need to know about them?
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Obama is really asking for a bullet in his brain.

He's not wasting any time, hes taking good, righteous decisions one after the other, he is quickly trying to turn the US back into a good country, where the government is doing what it's supposed to - working FOR THE PEOPLE.

The only problem is, with the decisions over the last 2 days he must already have a million powerful enemies, who just cannot allow this to continue. So as sad as it sounds, he will be murdered very soon. A good man, using his position for advancing what is right, killed -again.

I hope he'll last at least a few years, in that time he is able to turn many stones and lay the foundation where the world can be rebuilt on.

I really love this guy. I really do.
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I was just going to post this story and add comments along the same line as this poster.

I am genuinely fearful for President Obama. Only two days and he is stirring up hornets nests. Shutting down Guantanamo, Whitehouse transparancy? These people like to keep their activities secret and messing with the Military Industrial Complex will surely not bode well for him.

I will add Obama to my prayers-something I would never have considered for his predecessor.
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Obama is really asking for a bullet in his brain.

He's not wasting any time, hes taking good, righteous decisions one after the other, he is quickly trying to turn the US back into a good country, where the government is doing what it's supposed to - working FOR THE PEOPLE.

The only problem is, with the decisions over the last 2 days he must already have a million powerful enemies, who just cannot allow this to continue. So as sad as it sounds, he will be murdered very soon. A good man, using his position for advancing what is right, killed -again.

I hope he'll last at least a few years, in that time he is able to turn many stones and lay the foundation where the world can be rebuilt on.

I really love this guy. I really do.
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yeah too bad eh.

-the archetypal St. John the Baptist lost his head.
-the Roman Catholic prez. J.F. Kennedy who would not kneel before the Pope lost his head, quite symbolically.
-Saddam Hussein had his neck stretched.

-will B Obama kneel before the not so humble hypocrite, the Christian Santa/Satan who has nicer digs than the president?
The Vatican is infested with a rat.
Spreading a plague.
Ah the Vatican, a royal palace fit for a worldly king or LORD of darkness, a ceremonial square called St. Peter's that was stolen from the ANASAZI culture, the Buddhists or the Siberian shaman?

St. Peter's Square built post 1600 AD, is identical to the ceremonial Indian KIVA that was in use from 500 AD?
[link to kachina2012.wordpress.com]
Take a look at the images found on this blog.
Scroll down.
See how the Square/ellipse? in the Vatican is IDENTICAL to the many PAGAN temples that predate St. Peter?
The best example comes from Russia.
Arkaim 1500 B.C.
Why is St. Peter's Square design IDENTICAL to the PAGAN KIVA, which was based on the even earlier Pit House?

-if B Obama loses his head...we, err, I will have a good idea who was behind the hit.

There is a HIS-story and then there is history, that includes a HER-story.
You decide what EWE want to buy into.

My site discusses the HER-story we have seemed to have forgotten about, while the bible babel was being force fed to the herd, spread by the sword.
The funnyANDmentalist Jews, Christians and Muslims ... all guilty of crimes against humanity.

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five star vote from me.


GO OBAMA!
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This is horrible!

Secrets are secrets for a reason! Some thing we are better off not knowing.



Why would you pay for a service that do horrible stuff to the people of America in secret...and make sure you don't need to know about them?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 396542


Bingo!

Believe me, any really important documents and evidence has long since been purged. All you Obama-nation fans are being played. You too easily impressed. Obama is even more big govt and NWO than Bush, and time will prove it.
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The pope has enough money to solve all the world's hunger problems, yet he does nothing. A man of God? Laughable.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
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The pope has enough money to solve all the world's hunger problems, yet he does nothing. A man of God? Laughable.
 Quoting: canislatrans



Sad but true. There is no profit in curing or fixing. But there is big time money in treatment that goes on forever. Food and/or the lack of it is a weapon.
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The pope has enough money to solve all the world's hunger problems, yet he does nothing. A man of God? Laughable.
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LOL you know nothing.
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This is horrible!

Secrets are secrets for a reason! Some thing we are better off not knowing.
 Quoting: Guns n' God


Too late Now Israel Lovers.
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The pope has enough money to solve all the world's hunger problems, yet he does nothing. A man of God? Laughable.


LOL you know nothing.
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And you say he knows nothing because... ????
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I will not believe until he turn these records to public

until then, let's dance:


5a
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This is horrible!

Secrets are secrets for a reason! Some thing we are better off not knowing.


Too late Now Israel Lovers.
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Israel controls the media which is what put the Obama-nation into the Night House. All the blacks are jumping for joy. I don't get it... he's a white Arab with on 7.25% black. The black wouldn't give a shit if it was only 1%, they'd claim him. Israel is running the show. They control the media, all of Hollywood, the Banking system and the DOD.

WE ARE FUCKED!

By the time you dumbasses realize that there are two kinds of change (good and bad) it will be over and done. It is already too late.
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Obama is really asking for a bullet in his brain.

He's not wasting any time, hes taking good, righteous decisions one after the other, he is quickly trying to turn the US back into a good country, where the government is doing what it's supposed to - working FOR THE PEOPLE.

The only problem is, with the decisions over the last 2 days he must already have a million powerful enemies, who just cannot allow this to continue. So as sad as it sounds, he will be murdered very soon. A good man, using his position for advancing what is right, killed -again.

I hope he'll last at least a few years, in that time he is able to turn many stones and lay the foundation where the world can be rebuilt on.

I really love this guy. I really do.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 176293


whoa dude...join us down here in the real world for a moment...

Obama is one of THEM, not us...he's a liar and a hypocrite, all the way around...and his speeches are filled with double speak

if he takes steps to get rid of the fed reserve, IRS, income tax, patriot act, military commissions act, and PDD 51, for starters, i'll think differently of him...until then, Obama=Bush
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oh yeah just askin for PPTB to kill
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whoa dude...join us down here in the real world for a moment...

Obama is one of THEM, not us...he's a liar and a hypocrite, all the way around...and his speeches are filled with double speak

if he takes steps to get rid of the fed reserve, IRS, income tax, patriot act, military commissions act, and PDD 51, for starters, i'll think differently of him...until then, Obama=Bush
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 482097


Damn, you are dead on !!!!!
Could not have said it better myself.





GLP