Though Obama thus far does not seem as bellicose as did George W. Bush, there are growing signs that his administration will continue the Washington tradition of covering up the crimes of his predecessors.
The Obama administration is repeating the same arguments used by the Bush White House to justify whitewashing the illegal deletion or coverup of millions of White House emails.
The Obama administration has not released the key secret Bush administration legal documents on the torture and warrantless wiretapping scandals.
Obama’s legal wiz kids are invoking the same state secrets claims to justify covering up government crimes that the Bush team used ad nauseam.
In his first days in office, Obama made positive sounds with his executive orders on the Freedom of Information Act and greater transparency throughout the federal government.
But lofty rhetoric and executive orders are no substitute for revealing the hard facts on government crimes.