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article imageWhite House officials schedule report on Bush era torture

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 24, 2014 in Politics
Washington - A Senate Committee has approved measures to declassify information related to torture during the previous Bush administration.
Release of the data will happen sometime this summer according to Yahoo. Unfortunately no source seems to have a concrete data and it does not seem that White House officials have released one.
What we can confirm is that after a significant amount of lobbying senators voted to release the information. According to other reports senators have made this release a political issue. Lobbying efforts such as this make it likely that we will see the information eventually.
As far as the political side of the release it is clear from CNN reports that both sides have a vested interest in what happens with the data. Rumors abound that if he releases the information many nominations which Obama needs will have new opposition.
Officials managing data in the Obama administration have previously blocked everything from lobbyist data to lists of guests in the White House. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) all the data previously discussed in the article is available to the public, by law. Former CIA worker Jeffrey Scudder also claims that filing a request ruined his career.
Evidence as to the FOIA working does exist though. Agencies keep reading rooms for those who want to see information. Reporters have also used it effectively to get information on a variety of stories. At the same time investigators are sometimes handed "redacted" pages after the government complies.
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