Finally, someone (the court) is saying the Executive Office of the President must be held accountable while following the law, go figure. Um I guess it’s better late that never. 

Source: Raw Story

 A judge on Monday dismissed the White House’s attempt to scuttle a lawsuit stemming from the Bush administration’s failure to archive at least 5 million internal e-mails, as required by federal law.

District Court Judge Henry H. Kennedy’s ruling was the first formal consideration of the arguments in a case brought more than a year ago by two open-government nonprofit groups. The National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sued the Executive Office of the President, the Office of Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration and others in an effort to force the White House to recover the missing e-mails and establish an adequate records management system.

The White House has remained tight-lipped about the extent of the archiving failure. In this case, as in virtually every other instance where it is questioned, the administration has argued that executive power and a prerogative for secrecy outweigh the public’s right to know and the need for oversight from other branches of government.

There is hope that Monday’s decision will force a change in that outlook.

“What this decision says is that’s not right,” Fuchs told RAW STORY. “In fact, the public has a role … and the public can say to the Executive Office of the President, ‘You have to follow the law.'”

A copy of Kennedy’s opinion is here.

Read entire story here.

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