Friday, January 05, 2007

Sword’s Blade Has Only One Edge

In the mid 1990’s conservative groups used White House visitor logs to track down possible illicit behavior involving the Clinton White House. Republicans obtained visit records from Monica Lewinsky to Denise Rich to a slew of Whitewater leads. However, that very same tool is being blunted by the Bush administration.

The White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement last spring in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal declaring that records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to the public. The Bush administration didn't reveal the existence of the memorandum of understanding until last fall.

While the public voted against widespread corruption and incompetence in the November 2006 elections, Bush acted to hid evidence of both. Bush spouts his promise to be transparent in Iraq while hiding the most basic information, historically available at home. A pox on this particular White House as it is a pox on our nation…

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