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March 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Despite President Bush's order for improvements more than two years ago, much of the federal government has barely made a dent in the huge backlog of unanswered requests under the Freedom of Information Act. An audit by the National Security Archive~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB246/eo_audit.pdf of 90 government agencies found mixed results from the Dec. 14, 2005, executive order that agencies clear the backlog and be more responsive. "Behind its ambitious facade . . . the order lacked both carrot and stick," the audit said.
May 3, 2002 | From Associated Press
Before becoming House speaker, Rep. J. Dennis Hastert told Colombian military officers that he was "sick and tired" of human rights considerations controlling U.S. anti-drug aid, according to a newly declassified government document. At the time, the Clinton administration was pushing Colombia to improve its human rights performance as a condition of receiving U.S. aid.
April 11, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac and David S. Cloud, Reporting from Washington
A newly declassified document has added to long-standing questions about whether Henry Kissinger, while secretary of State, halted a U.S. plan to curb a secret program of international assassinations by South American dictators. The document, a set of instructions cabled from Kissinger to his top Latin American deputy, ended efforts by U.S. diplomats to warn the governments of Chile, Uruguay and Argentina against involvement in the covert plan known as Operation Condor, according to Peter Kornbluh, an analyst with the National Security Archive, a private research organization that uncovered the document and made it public Saturday.
December 6, 2011 | By William M. LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh
Two years ago, Cuban counterintelligence officers arrested Alan P. Gross, a U.S. Agency for International Development subcontractor, as he boarded a plane in Havana for the United States. Later convicted in a closed trial of crimes against the state for smuggling sophisticated telecommunications equipment into Cuba, Gross is serving a 15-year prison sentence. Obama administration officials have declared that relations with Cuba will remain frozen until Gross is released, but the administration has not been willing to take the aggressive steps necessary to win his freedom.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave authority in 1957 to senior U.S. military commanders to retaliate with nuclear weapons if the president could not be reached or was otherwise unable to respond to a nuclear attack against the United States, according to declassified documents released this week.
February 18, 1993 | From Associated Press
U.S. Archivist Don W. Wilson, whose office turned over White House computer records to then-President George Bush while Wilson was negotiating to run Bush's presidential library, denied any wrongdoing in the matter Wednesday. Three senators, John Glenn (D-Ohio), David Pryor (D-Ark.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.), this week urged the Justice Department to investigate Wilson's actions.
March 21, 2010 | By Andrew Malcolm
Here's a not-so-tiny tidbit of data that's getting lost in the White House-driven public frenzy over healthcare legislation this month: The White House Democratic administration of Barack Obama, who denounced his presidential predecessor George W. Bush as the most secretive in history, is now denying more Freedom of Information Act requests than the Republican did. Transparency and openness were so important to the new president that on...
November 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A federal judge on Monday ordered the White House to preserve copies of all its e-mails, a move that Bush administration lawyers had argued strongly against. U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy directed the president's executive office to safeguard the material, in response to two lawsuits that seek to determine whether the White House has destroyed e-mails in violation of federal law. The White House says it has been taking steps to preserve copies of all e-mails and will continue to do so.
A federal appeals court Friday expanded the definition of records that must be preserved by the government to include millions of White House computer messages and other documents from the Ronald Reagan and George Bush presidencies. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals here represents a landmark ruling involving the maintenance of government records as more and more material is placed into computers.
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