Bush-Cheney administration/anti-democracy

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Overview

In their public policies and speeches, the Bush II administration in general and George W. Bush in particular place tremendous emphasis on the ideals of freedom and democracy, and yet their actions consistently work to undermine those principles. (Note: maybe this should be renamed "...anti-Constitution"?)

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Undermining Freedom of Speech & the Press

  • 2005-12-01 Bush's War on the Press: "America's leadership is waging a war against the journalistic standards and practices that underpin not only a free press but our democracy."

Secrecy

The administration's actions and policies have led to skyrocketing secrecy and a tremendous decrease in governmental transparency – both being complete reversals from the trends under Bush's predecessor.

  • 2007-07-20: DeFazio asks, but he's denied access: "Oregonians called Peter DeFazio's office, worried there was a conspiracy buried in the classified portion of a White House plan for operating the government after a terrorist attack. As a member of the U.S. House on the Homeland Security Committee, DeFazio, D-Ore., is permitted to enter a secure "bubbleroom" in the Capitol and examine classified material. So he asked the White House to see the secret documents. On Wednesday, DeFazio got his answer: DENIED."
  • 2006-08-21: Cold War Missiles Target of Blackout: "The Bush administration has begun designating as secret some information that the government long provided even to its enemy the former Soviet Union: the numbers of strategic weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the Cold War."
  • 2006-02-21: U.S. Reclassifies Many Documents in Secret Review
  • 2005-12-01: Gutting the Freedom of Information Act
  • 2005-09-02: "Government secrecy has reached a historic high, even compared to the Cold War (San Diego Union July 3). Federal departments are classifying documents at a rate of 125 per minute... or two per second... and inventing new kinds of classification, while declassification efforts that peaked under the Clinton Administration have slowed to a crawl." ([1] 2005-09-02 entry)

Suppression of Criticism

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