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    Judge rules against White House on visitors logs


    WASHINGTON (Map, News) - A federal judge on Friday rejected the Bush administration's latest attempt to keep secret the identities of White House visitors and declared that the government illegally deleted Secret Service computer records.

    U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth concluded that the deletions took place before October 2004 when the Secret Service transferred large numbers of entry and exit logs to the White House and then deleted copies of them.

    The deletions ceased after the archivist to the United States instructed the Secret Service to stop the practice and after various private organizations went to court in an effort to gain access to the logs, according to papers filed in the case. The deletions go back at least as far as 2001, the government's papers added, the year President George W. Bush took office.

    Lamberth's ruling brushed aside the government's argument that revealing Secret Service logs would impede the president's ability to perform his constitutional duties.
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    a bit more perspective in the AP story:

    Judge hands loss to White House on visitors logs | KOMO News - Seattle, Washington | National & World News

    In the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal in the spring of 2006, the White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement declaring that records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to the public.

    Four months later, Cheney's office told the Secret Service in a letter that visitor records for the vice president's personal residence "are and shall remain subject to the exclusive ownership, custody and control of OVP."

    The case over the Secret Service logs is one of many legal battles in which the Bush White House resisted disclosure. Some others:

    -Cheney's refusal, eventually supported by the courts, to identify the energy executives and lobbyists he met with in forging a pro-industry energy policy in 2001. (huge)

    -The White House's refusal to turn over to Congress documents on the politically tinged firings of nine U.S. attorneys, some of whom were investigating Republican politicians.

    -A lawsuit in which CREW is seeking White House documents detailing problems with the White House's e-mail system.
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    Bush / Cheney will make Dillinger and Floydd look live amateurs. Criminal traitors.
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    I still question whether Obama will let the dogs at Bush. Perhaps in his 2nd term but I think for now Obama lets Bush's lawyers win a few rounds. When things get better ... I think Obama unleashes the dogs on him. By then Bush will be all beat up and he'll pull the old mafia card of being too sick to go to trial, he'll show up in a hospital bed.

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