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Judge Rejects Bush Admin’s Move to Keep Secret Identities of White House Visitors

Judge Lamberth

Transparency may be coming a little too late as the Bush administration gets ready to ride out of town. But better late than never?

By Pete Yost
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A federal judge yesterday rejected the Bush administration’s latest attempt to keep secret the identities of White House visitors, and he declared that the government illegally deleted Secret Service computer records.
U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth  (in photo) concluded that the deletions took place before October 2004, when the Secret Service transferred large numbers of entry and exit logs to the White House and then deleted copies of them.
The deletions ceased after the archivist to the United States instructed the Secret Service to stop the practice and after various private organizations went to court in an effort to gain access to the logs, according to papers filed in the case. The deletions date to at least 2001, the government’s papers added, the year President Bush took office.
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