Change we can believe in? Maybe not so much.
The Obama administration is siding with the Bush administration in trying to kill a lawsuit brought by watchdog groups that seeks to gain access to Bush White House emails, reports the Associated Press.
At issue are emails from key periods of the Bush years, including the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, and the investigation into the Valerie Plame leak.
In response to the suit brought by two groups, CREW and the National Security Archive, the Bush White House recently said that it had found 14 million of the e-mails and had taken steps to archive others. But the plaintiffs called those steps inadequate.
Now the Obama Justice Department is seeking to have the suit dismissed, just as the Bush DOJ did.
“The new administration seems no more eager than the last” to deal with the issue, Anne Weismann of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told the Associated Press.
The AP adds:
Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, noted that President Barack Obama on his first full day in office called for greater transparency in government.
The Justice Department “apparently never got the message” from Obama, Blanton said.
Sounds about right.