March 27, 2008: Candidates promise review of FOIA order (AP)

  • _Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki: “Senator Obama was an original co-sponsor of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, a law designed to further promote transparency and accountability in our government. He has made clear that he will task his attorney general with immediately reviewing Bush administration executive orders so that he can reverse any directives that are unconstitutional or unnecessarily infringe on the civil rights and liberties of the American people. Beyond appointing a strong attorney general, Obama is committed to new and bold reforms to ensure that people know what their government is doing: by creating a database to disclose how much federal contractors spend on lobbying and what contracts they receive; by disclosing tax breaks for corporations on the Internet; by ending the abuse of no-bid contracts; and by shedding light on all earmarks.”
  • _John McCain: “If there was a way it (requested information) could be used by our enemies or al-Qaida, then obviously we wouldn’t want it disclosed. I understand the thrust of what the (Bush) administration was doing. … I would have the whole process reviewed to make sure we were giving the American people and the media as much information as we possibly can. … Overclassification has been true in every administration Republican or Democrat. I’ve seen documents many times that were classified that I’d get better information from reading any of the daily newspapers. So I think it’s a balance. The danger with overclassification is you cheapen the classification so therefore it is more likely to be leaked or disclosed.”