University under pressure on Bush secrecy

University under pressure on Bush secrecy
The Washington Times
February 5, 2007

Southern Methodist University in Dallas is under pressure to scrap plans for the Bush presidential library because of the president’s secrecy policy.

Seven weeks after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George Bush signed an executive order that allowed all presidents within the last 12 years to withhold presidential documents. Various archivists, historical and library groups filed a lawsuit, which is still pending, the Dallas Morning News reported.
However, a renewed pitch to Congress by the Society of American Archivists to abolish the order has put SMU back in the spotlight to cancel plans for the library, the report said.

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One Response to University under pressure on Bush secrecy

  1. Maarja Krusten says:

    Interesting to see how UPI muddled in this item published in the Washington Times the issue of the 12 year restriction in the Presidential Records Act (PRA). Its news item states that the executive order “allowed all presidents within the last 12 years to withhold presidential documents.” That makes it sound as if it only applies to G. W. Bush and to Bill Clinton. Not so.

    Those of you who are following the issue of the application of the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and E.O. 13233 may find interesting the comments of former Rep. Steve Horn (R – CA, who served in Congress from 1993 to 2003). He proposed amendments to the PRA in 2002, however the proposal did not come to a vote. For his comments and proposal in 2002 to amend the PRA in light of EO 13223, see
    http://fas.org/sgp/congress/2002/041102horn.html

    Maarja Krusten (submitted at 8:16 eastern time from home prior to leaving for work)

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