Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Rumsfield's Resignation Letter Is A Matter of National Security

The Bush administration is keeping a tight hold on Donald Rumsfeld's resignation letter nearly five months after the former defense secretary and Iraq war manager stepped down.

The Pentagon says it does not have a copy, and the White House office likely to hold the letter is not subject to the law that allows the public to seek release of government documents, the Freedom of Information Act or FOIA .

Pentagon spokesmen refused to release the letter in November 2006, when Rumsfeld resigned after Republicans' stinging election defeat. They told reporters to file FOIA requests for the letter.

He must have said something newsworthy when he resigned. If Rummy just tendered his resignation effective immediately, they wouldn't be acting so weird about hiding it's contents from journalists.