While today's decision may have vindicated the Vice President's litigation strategy, allowing him to continue to conceal information regarding his secret energy task force, it will only add to the growing perception — heightened by the reluctant and selective release of secret White House torture memos over the past few days — that this is an administration that operates behind closed doors, accountable to no one.

The Center for American Progress submitted a brief in the case, together with the American Association of Law Libraries, the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for American Progress, Common Cause, the National Security Archive, People for the American Way, the Society of American Archivists, and the Special Libraries Association.

John Podesta is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress.

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