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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:37 PM
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Obama Hints he won't Preserve Bush secrets:
I will also hold myself as President to a new standard of openness. Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former President wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the White House Counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so. It will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well grounded in the Constitution.


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Dennis Donovan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:40 PM
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1. Back to the rule-of-law.
:thumbsup:
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fmlymninral Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:57 PM
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2. How is this different than
claiming executive privilege as Clinton and Bush did. i am sure their White house counsel and Attorney general said they were constitutional in the exercising of it. Also there is great debate as to whether Obama can waive Bush's claim of executive privilege.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:06 PM
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4. it sounds better than "executive privilege"?
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 03:14 PM by jsamuel
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:21 PM
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6. I'd been curious about that very same thing...
"Also there is great debate as to whether Obama can waive Bush's claim of executive privilege."

I'd been curious about that very same thing, but fear no more...

As per the book, "Presidential Secrecy and Deception: Beyond the Power to Persuade" by by John M. Orman, a sitting President may revoke the claim of executive privileged made by a previous President.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:57 PM
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3. So...does this mean that we get to find out if...
...Asshole preferred his PBJ sandwiches cut in triangles or squares?

Seriously...I would LOVE to have every bit of info on that rat bastard Bush let out so that a prosecution on war crime charges could proceed post haste.

JMHO
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:09 PM
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5. bush was put on notice yesterday and
today it gets worse for him. Imagine the sniveling victim being held accountable for once in his miserable life.
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