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Bush-Cheney Administration's Assault on Open Government [NOOK Book]

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The Bush-Cheney administration took office in 2001 determined to assert the preeminent authority of the executive branch and its immunity from congressional oversight and public transparency. Within months, Congress's "Use of Force" resolution on the heels of the 9/11 terrorist attacks gave the White House the platform for launching an aggressive and successful campaign to gut the nation's open government laws, neuter congressional prerogatives, and shroud the presidency in ...
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Bush-Cheney Administration's Assault on Open Government

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Overview

The Bush-Cheney administration took office in 2001 determined to assert the preeminent authority of the executive branch and its immunity from congressional oversight and public transparency. Within months, Congress's "Use of Force" resolution on the heels of the 9/11 terrorist attacks gave the White House the platform for launching an aggressive and successful campaign to gut the nation's open government laws, neuter congressional prerogatives, and shroud the presidency in privilege and secrecy.

With military precision, the wartime executive targeted and struck down or flouted all the landmark sunshine laws enacted by Congress over the preceding decades: Freedom of Information Act (1966) Presidential Records Act (1978) Budget and Accounting Act establishing the General Accountability Office (1921) Federal Advisory Committee Act (1972) Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (1978) Montgomery, who founded the world's largest academic repository of contemporary human rights documents, concludes with a summary of the aggregate impact of Bush-Cheney's attacks on open and balanced government and their implications for the future of constitutional and human rights in the United States.

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"Montgomery outlines how the Bush-Cheney administration has shielded the federal government from public inspection by curtailing access to information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), obstructed access to presidential records, invoked national security for keeping secrets, and conducted wiretaps without warrants. . . . Montgomery illustrates how the Bush-Cheney administration used executive privilege and prerogatives to circumvent open government laws. Recommended."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275999056
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 370 KB

Meet the Author

BRUCE P. MONTGOMERY is Associate Professor and Faculty Director of Archives at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the founding director of the UCB Human Rights Initiative and a founding member of the International Federation of Human Rights Centers and Archives. He has served as an analyst of classified documents for the U.S. government. He is the author of Subverting Open Government: White House Materials and Executive Branch Politics. Articles by Montgomery on this topic have appeared in many journals and newspapers, including Presidential Studies Quarterly and the Washington Post.

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Table of Contents

1 The Freedom of Information Act in Retreat 1

2 Overturning the Presidential Records Act 35

3 Challenging the GAO's Statutory Powers 59

4 Defeating the Federal Advisory Committee Act 97

5 Subverting the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act 1 25

Epilogue 155

Glossary 163

Notes 167

Bibliography 201

Index 207

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