Only the most recent is last week's report by the Associated Press that White House lawyers have directed the Secret Service during the past year to "maintain the confidentiality of visitor logs, declaring them to be presidential records. The drive to keep secret the lists of visitors to the White House complex and Cheney's home, the administration says, is essential to ensuring the president and vice president receive candid advice to carry out their duties. The decision made the logs exempt from a law requiring their disclosure to whoever asks to see them."
Right. When now-imprisoned former "lobbyist" Jack Abramoff visits the White House, Bush and Cheney need criminal, er, "candid" advice. More specifically, Cheney was trying to hide the liturgical parade of conservative Christian leaders filing in and out of his official D.C.residence--that according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which sued to make their names public.
But if we, the taxpayers, are subsidizing his elegant digs, don't we have a right to know who visits him there? Vice Prince Cheney thinks not.
By Bonnie Erbe