The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, December 17, 2007

It isn't much, but I'll take it.

People are really going to be amazed at the many ways in which this administration committed crime after crime and screwup after screwup-- all while a quarter of the population cheered them on, the media turned a blind eye, and Lord-only-knows how much irreparable harm was done to the nation and the planet.

How bad is it? It's so bad that this story strikes me as incredible progress. And it's something that had probably never even occurred to any previous administrations.

White House visitor logs are public documents, a federal judge ruled Monday, rejecting a legal strategy that the Bush administration had hoped would get around public records laws.

The ruling is a blow to the Bush administration, which is fighting the release of records showing visits by lobbyist Jack Abramoff and prominent religious conservatives.

The records are created by the Secret Service, which is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. But the Bush administration has ordered the data turned over to the White House, where they are treated as presidential records outside the scope of the public records law.