Obama says no more secrecy





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Published on Jul 29, 2012

president obama lies when he says that the public will have five days to read any bill before he signs it. no more secrecy is the commitment obama makes to us as president (secrecy is the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups, perhaps while sharing it with others) then why did he envoke executive order over fast and furious??? we know why,,,,he lied

also Before a momentous Wednesday in Washington, Operation Fast and Furious was mostly a below-the-radar partisan tussle over government-sponsored gun-walking gone tragically wrong.

President Barack Obama changed that last week by declaring that any documents still withheld by Attorney General Eric Holder would remain secret under executive privilege.

Until then, Obama was safely above the fray. Despite Republican suspicions, the gun-walking program was a Justice Department problem, with Holder's office trying to build a firewall around Arizona's U.S. attorney and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offices.

Now, Obama's puzzling first privilege assertion leads to fresh questions about what he or top advisers knew or said and now want hidden. If these documents warrant privilege now, wasn't that as true months ago? Americans lean toward transparency, as a younger Obama once promised, and this newspaper was similarly impatient with Bush-era attempts to frustrate congressional investigations.

The Supreme Court ruled in United States vs. Nixon (1974) that executive privilege was not absolute and could not be employed to shield wrongdoing. Obama must justify withholding each privileged document. Legal wrangling could take years.


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