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And I don't like that.The Obama administration was caught meeting with parties outside the white house to intentionally avoid them being named on the white house visitor logs
White House meets lobbyists off campus - Chris Frates - POLITICO.com
It's in the first chapter of his first book, Against All Enemies. I don't know where else it is written. But he cites direct quotes from the president. Clarke was adamant at the time that Bin Laden and Al Qaeda were responsible, while Bush directed him to find a way to blame Saddam. If it is not available online, I'm sure there are libraries that contain the book.can you share the exact quote with us? Because I recall Clarke's claims more being along the line that they were already convinced there was a connection, and dismissed intelligence that went against this, as opposed to an order to manufacture intelligence
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But on the point of the quote in question, if it's the one from the google "meet up", then he responds to the question by saying "on a number of fronts" and then stating "this is the most transparent administration in history" while naming various examples to highlight why this is so. In fact, one of his first examples he cites are the WH visitor logs, which are problematic on a number of fronts, and seem more about the illusion of transparency, as opposed to actual transparency
Obama: "This Is The Most Transparent Administration In History" | RealClearPolitics
am I thinking of the wrong quote, or wrong in my interpretation of it?
Well, jeez. My bad that I assume people on a political forum would've seen the video already. For those that are uninformed:
Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former president wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the white house counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so; it will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well-grounded in the Constitution. Let me say it as simply as I can: transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency