"Our democratic principles require that the American people be informed of the activities of their government"
- Bush's Executive Order on oversight of classified documents.
Bush denies he or Dick Cheney are subject to these democratic principles of oversight.
"When the president does it, it's not illegal" - Richard NixonCheney refused to file annual reports with the federal National Archives and Records Administration, refusing to spell out how his office handles classified documents, and refusing to submit to an inspection by the archives' Information Security Oversight Office.
More from the LA times:
Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists' government secrecy project, disputed the White House explanation of the executive order.
He noted that the order defines "agency" as any executive agency, military department and "any other entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information" — which, he said, includes Bush's and Cheney's offices.
"If the president and the vice president don't take their own rules seriously, who else should? If they get a blank check, it's a recipe for disaster. I can't think of a quicker way to break down the credibility of the entire security-classification system. If there are all these great safeguards in place, then where are the [missing] e-mails?""Blanton noted that the White House had acknowledged that a substantial number of in-house e-mails had disappeared in recent years, at a time when investigators wanted to review them for possible evidence of inappropriate leaks of classified information.
-- Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive
The White House has tried to explain this with meaningless smoke and mirrors.
None of the citations given to the press by WH press secretary Perino had anything to do with Presidential or Vice Presidential exceptions to this oversight requirement.
Fact check on these assertions at thinkprogress.org - they continue to lie.