“The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.” – Patrick Henry
We are not so naive as to believe that U.S. government was anything close to ‘open’ prior to the Bush Cheney presidency, but we recognize very disturbing facts in Jeff Demers’ and Sherwood Ross’ Bush Secrecy Policies have Transformed U.S. Government from “Open” to “Closed” at Global Research:
“Since his inauguration, Bush has overseen changes that suggest “a dramatic growth of government secrecy, far beyond the secrecy occurring during the Clinton Administration,” writes Susan Dente Ross, an Associate Professor in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University at Pullman.
“Through executive agency opinions, executive orders, statutory changes, and aggressive litigation, the Bush Administration has effectively limited the power of FOIA(Freedom of Information Act) and reversed the presumption that government records should be available to the public absent demonstrable proof showing that secrecy is needed,” Ross writes in The Long Term View, a journal of opinion published by the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.”
The authors rightly characterize increased secrecy as fundamentally anti-democratic:
“The trade-off, secrecy for security, is a sham,” she writes. “The citizenry gives up its vital check on abuse of government power and gains little in return.” “A shadow government that operates in secrecy,” Ross continues, “does not advance the security of its citizens. Ignorance is not security.” (emphasis added)