September 19, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government still isn't quite finished with the business of the previous administration, especially when it comes to secrets.
The Justice Department is still defending Bush administration decisions to withhold documents about things like domestic wiretapping and data collection on travelers and U.S. citizens. There are about half a dozen lawsuits in progress.
Despite President Barack Obama's promise of more open government, the department remains resistant. It has opposed efforts to delay these cases until the new administration rewrites Freedom of Information Act guidelines.
ACLU lawyer Jameel Jaffer says the signs of openness "are not entirely encouraging."
On his first day in office Obama ordered new FOIA guidelines written with a "presumption in favor of disclosure."
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