The Bush administration, citing the confidentiality of executive branch communications, said Tuesday that it did not plan to turn over certain documents about Hurricane Katrina or make senior White House officials available for sworn testimony before two Congressional committees investigating the storm response....
--New York Times today
WASHINGTON, JUNE 14, 2006 -- The Bush administration completed work late last night on the conversion of the entire federal government to a password-protected, subscription-only entity.
Under the plan, photo ops and speeches on terrorism will continue to be released to the general public. Access to all other information will be made available only to members of WhiteHouseSelect, a newly created portal restricted to subscribers.
The cost of a subscription to WhiteHouseSelect will be $250,000 in bundled contributions to the Republican Party and/or one or more of its candidates. Discount subscriptions will be made available to right-wing bloggers.
WhiteHouseSelect subscribers will have access to a number of site exclusives. These include face time with President Bush at his Crawford ranch and the opportunity to rewrite legislation.
Asked to comment on the completion of the transition, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said he is, henceforth, not available for comment.