Thursday, December 15, 2005

New Executive order on FOIA

The Whitehouse has posted a new executive order about Freedom of Information Act requests.

On a day where Bill Moyers is being quoted as saying "There has been nothing in our time like the Bush Administration's obsession with secrecy," the administration has set an order that on its surface looks like it creates some mechanism for review of governmental FOIA compliance.
A quick glance seems to indicate that this will improve the fulfilment of the public right to know. Does it merely insert a layer of Bush document shredders between any request and the public?

I am going to look this gift horse carefully in its Trojan mouth, but maybe someone more clever than I can find the worm in this apple of knowledge first... ow! I sprained my metaphor.


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