Restricted Access as Policy in Bush White House

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President Bush runs a tight ship when it comes to preventing leaks of information, but John Dean of Watergate fame says the Bush White House is so secretive it's Nixonian. While Dick Cheney is frustrating Congressional oversight on energy and Tom Ridge on Homeland Security, a recent executive order could close off Presidential papers from generations of historians. Bush defenders say that Presidents have rights, too, and they can't get good advice if it's not confidential. Are these the demands of national security or the determined avoidance of democratic scrutiny? We'll hear from Dean and from Bush supporters about what the public has a right to know-and when.
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