Obama keeps some Bush secrets.
Missing media critique not so missing anymore. From, yes, the AP (looked for other sources, to no avail):
WASHINGTON — Despite a pledge to open government, the Obama administration has endorsed a Bush-era decision to keep secret key details of an FBI computer database that allows agents and analysts to search a billion documents with a wealth of personal information about Americans and foreigners.
President Barack Obama's Justice Department quietly told a federal court in Washington last week that it would not second-guess the previous administration's decisions to withhold some information about the bureau's Investigative Data Warehouse.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group, had sued under the Freedom of Information Act to get records showing how the FBI protects the privacy of Americans whose personal information winds up in the vast database.
As a result, there is no public list of all the databases the FBI sucks into this computer warehouse; no information on how individuals can correct errors about them in this FBI database; and no public access to assessments the bureau did of the warehouse's impact on Americans' privacy.
Now the CIA's insistence that they must keep their methods secret to fight foreign terrorists is one thing, but keeping secret what the FBI gathers from private domestic databases is another. Every credit report mixup could put an innocent citizen in deep trouble, and there's no method to request corrections or even trace where the bad information is coming from. And, yes, the article mentions the return of the Friday Evening news dump:
On April 3, the Obama administration issued no presidential statement or general Justice Department news release when it told a federal court in San Francisco that a lawsuit by AT&T customers to stop domestic wiretapping by the National Security Agency must be halted to avoid disclosing state secrets.
Instead, a court brief containing the decision was filed electronically with the San Francisco court at 8 p.m. EDT Friday.
Schmaler said the department had a statement prepared in case anyone called to ask about the filing. But in the NSA case, and the FBI case, the department did not follow the Bush administration practice of e-mailing reporters a copy of government briefs in newsworthy cases as soon as they are filed with a court.
So, on this point, he's being even more secretive than the Bush Administration....