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While the US Senate Works to Overturn Bush's Secretive Records Executive Order, Texas Toughens Up

14 June 2007 at 10:34:27 AM

Remember how Bush, once he took office, very quickly created an executive order to keep his and other president's records secret? One wonders whether he didn't want the truth to come out about his father's involvement with Iran/Contra, not to mention Ronald Reagan. Be that as it may, it's been especially ironic that he wants to have a presidential library...in which all his records would not be available to the public (oh, but there would be a big policy forum that would put out BS about Bush to try to overcome the overwhelmingly negative view of him people have... now).

Anyway, the Senate voted in committee yesterday to overturn his executive order

A Senate committee voted Wednesday to overturn a controversial executive order signed in November 2001 that lets former presidents and their heirs seal records indefinitely, for any reason.

The move by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee put Congress a step closer to forcing speedier public release of records from the Bush White House. Three months ago, the House voted 333-93 to restore the old rules, which allow former presidents to keep records sealed for reasons ranging from security and privacy to executive privilege.

Historians and others depend on presidential records to analyze decision-making and leadership. Critics of the proposed George W. Bush presidential library and policy institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas cite the Bush order as a symbol of the secrecy that pervades his administration.

"The scholars who sift through and write about these public records make a lasting contribution to the public welfare that goes well beyond academia," said Senate committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. "This bill is a tribute to freedom of information and the timely release of materials essential to self-governance."

Pressure now needs to be put on them, because there's no vote scheduled yet.

Now, here's what's ironic for Texas. The Texas Lege passed a bill, waiting for Perry's signature, to make it HARDER for average citizens to get access to open records. Via Texas Politics and blogger Rorschach who says that the new bill will make open records requests more limiting and costly.

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