“Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset.”

January 21, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Posted in Executive Orders | Leave a comment
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President Barack Obama (Photo: Pete Souza)

It’s true! It’s true!

Executive Order — Presidential Records

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to establish policies and procedures governing the assertion of executive privilege by incumbent and former Presidents in connection with the release of Presidential records by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) pursuant to the Presidential Records Act of 1978, it is hereby ordered as follows:

[blah blah blah]

Sec. 4. Claim of Executive Privilege by Former President.

(a) Upon receipt of a claim of executive privilege by a living former President, the Archivist shall consult with the Attorney General (through the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel), the Counsel to the President, and such other executive agencies as the Archivist deems appropriate concerning the Archivist’s determination as to whether to honor the former President’s claim of privilege or instead to disclose the Presidential records notwithstanding the claim of privilege. Any determination under section 3 of this order that executive privilege shall not be invoked by the incumbent President shall not prejudice the Archivist’s determination with respect to the former President’s claim of privilege.

[blah blah blah]

Sec. 6. Revocation. Executive Order 13233 of November 1, 2001, is revoked.

The Wikipedia entry for Executive Order 13233 is more enlightening perhaps than reading the Order itself.

I literally spit my coffee when I first saw the bit of today’s Executive Order from President Obama posted up at Dependable Renegade.  Given, however, that a Judge ruled that Cheney was on the honor system as far as turning over all appropriate documents on the way out the door, it will not be surprising if most of what anyone wants to see is gone.

Cheney didn’t pull a muscle in his back while “moving boxes,” he pulled it trying to unjam the paper shredder.

I don’t know whether this Memorandum or the Executive Order came first but they are all of a piece and bode well for the way the federal government will be operating during the Obama administration.


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