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Obama Orders Review of Government Secrecy

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Posted on May 28, 2009
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Seeking to break with eight interminable years of information lockdown, President Obama ordered two studies on Wednesday that would review the government’s procedures of classifying state secrets and the degree to which information is being held from the public. National Security Adviser James Jones, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano have been assigned to head the investigations.

The Washington Post:

President Obama directed his national security adviser and senior Cabinet officials yesterday [Wednesday]  to examine whether the government keeps too much information secret.

In a memo, Obama acknowledged that too many documents have been kept from the public eye for years and affirmed that he remains “committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness.”

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By Night-Gaunt, June 2, 2009 at 11:00 pm Link to this comment

Well JP we have a right to know and if it is criminal it needs to be punished. Or for you “national security” covers all sins, and war crimes? As have been done for years including the last 8.

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By JP, June 2, 2009 at 4:40 am Link to this comment
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Secrets in public mean they aren’t secret.  If Joe in Boston can see them, so can Abdulla in Tehran.  There are enemies out there, whether people want to acknowledge them or not.

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By Night-Gaunt, May 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

Think of the president of the USA as a CEO of a corporation of a bishop of a bishopric. The face changes but the overall way things are operated remain the same. Some variation brought on by the personal way of that president but the core values are still in place. We are still in the inverted totalitarian phase right now. It looks like a Republic but it just isn’t fully operating as one.

I doubt if anything of any consequence will be released or they will be very old and just good for historians and archivists.

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By David, May 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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Obushma is ordering this to review not to stop the secrecy but to increase and codify it.  Only the wise and all knowing Obushma can decide what the American public has a right to know and see.  Long live King Obushma, Unitary Executive for life!

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By mike112769, May 28, 2009 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment

I would LOVE to see more openness in our “government”. It won’t happen, though. I’ve gotta agree with Folktruther on this. “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”.

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By Folktruther, May 28, 2009 at 11:52 am Link to this comment

Vintage Obama, continuing Bushite secrecy while ordering a study implying he is going to Change it. So keep your Hope up, Obama cheerleaders!

The latest Obama atrocity is Holder weakening the defense of accused by arguing that the police should be allowed to question them without their attorney being present.  And use their testamony against them at trial.  The 5 right wing Supremes agreed, 5-4.  With, as ususal, Obama promoting the Bush position.

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