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Bush’s shadow still looms over the justice department.

President Obama, as soon as he took over the office issued  memos to designed to improve the federal government’s openness and transparency. The first memo instructs all agencies and departments to “adopt a presumption in favor” of Freedom of Information Act requests, while the second memo orders the director of the Office of Management and Budget to issue recommendations on making the federal government more transparent.

In-spite  of Obama’s directive, the justice department is still trying to shield the dirty secrets and methodologies of the Bush administration, which was one of the worst administrations in the history of this country. It was a sham democracy, and the administration conducted more terrorizing activities under the pretext of security than any terrorists from outside the country. All the freedoms and values that this country was built on were cast aside without any recourse. Organization like the EFF, the ACLU and others tried their best to resist these by filing law suits and bringing these issues and activities in the open to create public awareness.

The Bush Justice Department said it would use any legitimate legal argument to defend withholding records from the public.The Obama administration is just advocating the opposite and seeking openness and disclosure, but we might just never come to know the dirty secrets of the past administration. The silver lining is that it is the past administration and thank God it is over and hopefully we don’t have to be subjected to humiliating treatment each time we are in the public for the simple reason that we look different or that our name sounds different.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Executive Privilege, Security, Surveillance | Leave a comment

Executive or Unethical Privilege

President Bush in the course of his presidential term has acted like a dictator, especially in his second term when middle class America can no longer be hoodwinked by his “fighting against terrorism and for freedom cause”.

No President in the history of this nation has misused his presidential powers and twisted the law to suit his needs to cloak his blatant misdeeds. Bush by claiming executive privilege to protect himself and his cronies like Cheney and by silencing former presidential aides Sara M. Taylor and Harriet E. Miers, from tesifying before Congress whom Congress has subpoenaed, has once again displayed his inadequacies, insecurity and misuse of power and has shown the world what a bully he is and if his former aides are allowed to claim executive privilege then this will set a precedent for future President’s to override our nation’s founding father’s checks and balance approach and Congresses power to restrain the unauthorized power of the executive branch and set an example of corruption, maladministration and inefficiencies.

Talking about corruption I was reading professor Lessig’s  blog http://www.lessig.org in which he mentions that he wants to do something about corruption and I think this misuse of executive privilege area might be something he could chew on and take a stance.

July 12, 2007 Posted by | Executive Privilege | Leave a comment