Boston Globe Online / Nation | World / Bush backs Cheney on papers Bush advisers said the refusal to share information with the congressional General Accounting Office was a matter of democratic principle, and an attempt to rebuild a zone of privacy in the Oval Office that has eroded in recent years under constant probing by Congress and independent counsels.

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer even compared the energy panel’s deliberation to the writing of the US Constitution, noting that ”the very document that protects our liberties more than anything else, the Constitution, was of course drafted in total secrecy.”

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Like the writers of the Constitution? Gag me with a spoon.

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