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One of America's most infamous secret societies, Yale University's Skull and Bones, may be a little less secret soon…
Someone is trying to "unlock their vault."
The National Archives, which oversees White House records stored at the Bush Library in Dallas, Texas, reportedly received a request on April 15 for materials specific to George W. Bush's presidency under the Freedom of Information Act. The request specifically seeks records consisting of 8,072 pages, 3,159 assets (such as presidential memoranda – cards, letters, etc.), and one video clip to be reviewed for release to the public.
However, after having been thoroughly examined by both the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and former President George W. Bush himself, several of these items proved restricted under the Freedom of Information Act's 44 U.S. Code § 2204. This code limits access to presidential materials based on their containment of sensitive information (think national security secrets, trade secrets, and confidential communications).
In the end, NARA has agreed to release 3,404 pages, 1,503 assets, and one video clip in whole, and 582 pages and 186 assets in part.
In other words, still a significant amount of never-before-seen material.
The notice the National Archives received didn't specify who was requesting the files. But according to a report released by Politico earlier today, Robert Gaylon Ross, Sr., apparently did the asking.
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- Archives.gov: National Archives Notification FOIA