March 18, 2014
LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: ‘Most transparent’ White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs.
It’s Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America.
The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved “White House equities.”
That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the public.
Perhaps Americans should start “effectively amending” laws themselves.