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by Mike Masnick


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stalling, telco immunity



Whaddaya Know: Obama Administration Seeks Delay In Handing Over Telco Immunity Lobbying Info

from the like-you-didn't-see-that-coming dept

Earlier this week, we noted that a court had rejected, yet again, the Obama administration's attempt to stall in handing over info on who lobbied to get telco immunity. At the time, we asked what excuse the administration would use to delay again -- given that the release of documents was due today, Friday. Well, it appears they haven't come up with any excuse... they've just tried asking the court yet again -- as if the first three "no" answers weren't enough.

Honestly, I'm beginning to wonder what's going on here. As I said when the initial court order came out, I don't know what could possibly be surprising in the documents. It seems quite likely that the telcos lobbied hard for immunity. That would not be a surprise or particularly revealing. So who is the government trying to cover up for here?

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    Beta, 16 Oct 2009 @ 7:17am

    The logic is hard to grasp...

    ...for a mere scientist like me.

    Last week... the documents were due to be turned over by Friday, October 9... The government asked Federal District Court Judge Jeffrey White for [a] delay, a request that Judge White ultimately denied, giving the government a new deadline of Friday, October 16, by 4 p.m. Pacific time.

    "Hello?"
    "Steve, it's Jeff. What's the idea of coming into my court with a box of documents?"
    "Sorry Jeff, I have a new assistant who thought we should actually bring--"
    "For God's sake, what if someone had taken a picture? How could I explain not asking for the box? And don't cut it so close next time, I look ridiculous denying you an extension and giving you an extension in the same breath."
    "I'm sorry, look we have next week's motion all ready, it's 14,000 pages."
    "Good, give it to me at the last minute, I'll take a few days to review it, an afternoon saying no, and then give you a new deadline. How're we doing on dividing up the the documents?"
    "Pretty good, we're asking to hold back about 10% temporarily, which will become--"
    "Which will become %80 indefinitely after we allow it, I know. And the other %20?"
    "We'll be unable to prepare them in time, you know, computer problems, clerical errors..."
    "Paper jams? A fire in the file room? You're killing me, man. Look, I can give you a few more extensions like that, but then you'll have to divulge something..."
    "Have to, Your Honor? Are you talking about a hard deadline? Do you want to actually demand something from us at a set time?"
    "NO! Come on, nobody wants a showdown, just give us something boring, you know, to get it off the front page."
    "We'll get back to you on that."

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