Martin J. Sherwin, a history professor at George Mason University and a plaintiff in the case, said it will be impossible to measure Cheney's influence without access to the records.
"It horrifies me as a citizen to think our government can operate in total secrecy during the administration and then, after the administration, remain in secrecy," he
For years, Cheney has resisted revealing any aspect of the inner workings of his
has shielded information such as the names of industry executives who advised his
energy task force, his
travel costs and details, and Secret Service logs of visitors to his
office and residence.Since 2003, his
office has refused to comply with an executive order requiring entities in the executive branch to file annual reports on their possession of classified data, at one point blocking an inspection by officials from the Archives.
The Presidential Records Act, inspired by Nixon's attempt to withhold from Congress and perhaps destroy some of his
records and tapes after Watergate, first applied to the Reagan