Obama administration defending Bush secrets

Justice Department seeks to hold back lawsuits as FOIA rules rewritten

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updated 1:21 p.m. PT, Mon., Feb. 16, 2009

WASHINGTON – Despite President Barack Obama’s vow to open government more than ever, the Justice Department is defending Bush administration decisions to keep secret many documents about domestic wiretapping, data collection on travelers and U.S. citizens, and interrogation of suspected terrorists.

In half a dozen lawsuits, Justice lawyers have opposed formal motions or spurned out-of-court offers to delay court action until the new administration rewrites Freedom of Information Act guidelines and decides whether the new rules might allow the public to see more. 


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