The thing to take away from this post by Jacob Sullum is that the Bush administration’s concession that it classifies information that presents no security risk at all but that would be politically damaging to the president. Actually, it’s worse than that. They think that any information that could be politically damaging to the president by definition is a threat to national security. They’re using the classification of information to hide evidence of wrongdoing in the White House. And that they’ll declassify the same information when doing so would be politically advantageous to the president.***
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice is claiming that the White House Administration Office is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, a claim that would be farcical if it weren’t so flippin’ scary.
It also raises the question: If the adminstration office of the highest position in government–the office through which most White House information passes–is immune from the Freedom of Information Act, exactly what is the Freedom of Information Act for?
Silly Radley. The dhimmocrats are worse!