Magazine article The American Prospect

Citizen Thad

Magazine article The American Prospect

Citizen Thad

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THAD ANDERSON WAS minding his own business when he came across a New York Times article reporting that a top assistant to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham had written an email to a natural-gas-industry lobbyist that read, "If you were King, or II Duce, what would you include in a national energy policy?" This gave Anderson, who was unaccustomed to the notion that the government should extend royal treatment of totalitarian indulgence to energy lobbyists, some pause. Worse, he quickly discovered that various energy lobbyists' wish lists had actually become Bush administration policy. "If what this article was saying was true," Anderson recalled, "I couldn't believe that more wasn't being done about it."

So Anderson, a North Carolina native and second-year law student at St. John's University in Queens, New York, began combing the Internet for public records. He wanted to create a site that offered the cold, hard facts on the Bush administration without the media's dizzying spin and counterspin. What Anderson found, buried throughout the Web sites of government departments and watchdog nonprofits, were primary documents--e-mails, internal memos, and reports--that exposed some of the worst moments of the Bush administration. …

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