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George W. uses 9/11 as a pretext to reverse the will of Congress and wall off presidential records

By Stanley I. Kutler

Special to the Tribune

Published January 2, 2002

The Bush Administration has consistently shown itself partial to official secrecy — especially since Sept. 11. Some actions might be justified on emergency grounds. But not all.

In some cases, President Bush clearly has acted in behalf of other matters on his agenda, using the needs of the present situation as an excuse.

On Nov. 1, he issued Executive Order 13233 that effectively undermines the Presidential Records Act of 1978, and he did so in the name of “national security.”

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