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Despite Obama Pledge, Justice Department Defends Bush Secrets

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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