[govinfo] GovInfo New 1-17-06

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 16:41:29 -0500

- Gonzales raps 'activist' judges. Attorney general says federal jurists should 
defer to president's will
- White House Blocking Nominee Records Requested under FOIA


Patrice McDermott, Director
OpenTheGovernment.org
202-332-OPEN (6736)
www.openthegovernment.org

- GONZALES RAPS 'ACTIVIST' JUDGES. ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS FEDERAL JURISTS SHOULD 
DEFER TO PRESIDENT'S WILL
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:07 a.m. ET Jan 17, 2007
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says federal judges are 
unqualified to make rulings affecting national security policy, ramping up his 
criticism of how they handle terrorism cases.
In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday, Gonzales says judges generally 
should defer to the will of the president and Congress when deciding national 
security cases. He also raps jurists who "apply an activist philosophy that 
stretches the law to suit policy preferences."
 "We want to determine whether he understands the inherent limits that make an 
unelected judiciary inferior to Congress or the president in making policy 
judgments," Gonzales says in the prepared speech. "That, for example, a judge 
will never be in the best position to know what is in the national security 
interests of our country." more
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- White House Blocking Nominee Records Requested under FOIA

President Bush has renominated controversial Peter Keisler to the D.C. Circuit. 
The White House is still stonewalling the Senate and the American public by 
blocking the release of relevant public records from Keisler's tenure in the 
Office of Counsel during the Reagan Administration.

People For the American Way and the Alliance for Justice filed a FOIA request 
for the information last July to fill in many of the blanks in Keisler's record 
and help provide the Senate and the public with valuable insights into 
Keisler's conduct and views on important constitutional and legal matters. more

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