President Bush's Executive Order 13233 sought to undermine the Presidential Records Act of 1978, a prudent and responsible legislation that puts non-crucial Presidential communications into the public's hands twelve years after a President leaves office. Evidently a couple of months after 9/11 Mr. Bush decided he didn't want honest and honorable citizens finding out details of some of his own dealings, hence E. O. 13233.
Such surreptitious conniving and paranoia certainly seems plausible; Consider Bush's initial obstinate resistance to allowing the very formation of the security committee, though eventually he did flip-flop and allow Condi Rice to testify, and he agreed that he and Cheney would co-testify. Perhaps it also has something to do with keeping records of Cheney's Energy Committee under wraps. Perhaps it has something to do with his daddy, whose own records should come into play in January 2005.
Do his supporters endorse this extreme secrecy? Whether for himself, his daddy, Dick Cheney, or all of the above and more, his deliberate efforts to hide from the electorate give me substantial cause for doubting his patina of even basic integrity. Especially on this matter, I fail to understand how any of Mr. Bush's supporters may defend, make excuses, or in any way overlook Mr. Bush's dishonorable lack of honesty, and evident goal of duplicity, in this regard. And I can comprehend only one reason why this did not evoke blatant outrage among the electorate: everyone was too distracted, still in shock over 9/11.
Evidently Mr. Bush, or some of his advisors, realized: what a perfect opportunity to cover my tracks, while everyone's distracted in the chaos. President Bush crawled past the wreckage of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania field, through the smoke of still-smoldering fires, to try to sneak this knowledge-suppressing trick past decent Americans who actually do believe in truth and honesty.
Justice? Honor? Integrity? Democracy? Screw 'em all.
George W. Bush evidently does not want American voters learning something about the underbelly of his politics or those of persons close to him. This effort reflects perhaps the most insidious and unethical display of this administration's typical m.o.: subterfuge.
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