White House Web Page Was Out-of-Date:

Apparently the White House web page has not kept pace with the Bush Administration's conception of executive authority. The Washington Post reports:

The Bush administration argued in court papers this week that the White House Office of Administration is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act as part of its effort to fend off a civil lawsuit seeking the release of internal documents about a large number of e-mails missing from White House servers.

The claim, made in a motion filed Tuesday by the Justice Department, is at odds with a depiction of the office on the White House's own Web site. As of yesterday, the site listed the Office of Administration as one of six presidential entities subject to the open-records law, which is commonly known by its abbreviation, FOIA.

According to the Post, the White House declined comment.

cboldt (mail):
Pretty funny story, just because it's so obvious.
But the administration often says one thing for general public consumption, and a different thing in court.
They aren't the only ones -- 36 media outlets were trumpeting "Plame was covert" on front pages, while simultaneously arguing in a brief for rehearing en banc at the DC Circuit that "Plame was not covert."
Read the statutes, read the court filings. All the rest is smoke and mirror BS.
8.23.2007 9:55am
8.23.2007 12:11pm
Ugh (mail):
What a fncking bunch of clowns.
8.23.2007 2:56pm
Seamus (mail):
Instead of having "no comment," the White House spokesperson should have cited an earlier White House spokesperson and said that the statement on the website was "inoperative."
8.23.2007 3:31pm
Anderson (mail) (www):
By forcing the White House to reveal that the WHOA is *not* subject to FOIA, the media has caused American lives to be lost.
8.23.2007 8:45pm