Dems want door slammed on more of Obama's records
Proposing new plan to keep documents secret after term
Posted: October 09, 2011
5:05 pm Eastern
By Bob Unruh
© 2011 WND
Sen. Barack Obama
Barack Obama may have 15 months left in his first term, but his supporters in Congress are already preparing for the day he’ll be an ex-president by introducing legislation that will allow him to keep his personal and presidential documents secret.
According to Judicial Watch, the Washington-based government corruption fighting organization, the proposal by Rep. Edolphus Towns of New York's 10th District is "an obvious effort to protect President Barack Obama."
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"Ironically, Obama revoked a similar George W. Bush order in one of his first official acts as president. In 2001, Bush penned an executive order severely limiting public access to his presidential records. Shortly after swearing in, Obama killed it as part of his much-ballyhooed commitment to government transparency.
At the time, the new president claimed that he was giving the American people greater access to 'historic documents,'" Judicial Watch said.
"If the Democrats' proposed measure (Presidential Records Act Amendments) becomes law, former presidents will be allowed to assert a new 'constitutionally based privilege' against disclosing records of their liking. Here is how it would work; the archivist of the United States would be required to notify the former president, as well as the incumbent, of intentions to make records public.
Anything that either the former or current president claims should be kept private won't be released," the organization explained.
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