Stimulus bill under veil of secrecy

Lee H. Hamilton: Guest columnist In the official record, you’ll find the economic stimulus package recently passed by Congress was drawn up by a conference committee — a bipartisan group of House members and senators who sat down together to wrangle over its fine print. In truth, nothing like this took place. To be sure, […]

Secrecy can easily overwhelm freedoms

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Secrecy is one of those virtues, like candor, that can easily be overdone. A strong commitment to safeguarding sensitive national security information is a good thing. A blind insistence on concealing anything and everything is not. Whether the CIA had good reason to fire Mary McCarthy depends on what sort […]

Library decision hopeful move against secrecy

Freedom Newspapers We were skeptical about a revision incorporated into the Patriot Act when it was reauthorized earlier this year. But a decision to allow a library group in Connecticut to let others know that it had been served what is called a national security letter (NSL) demanding information that might be useful in a […]

Secrecy won’t make Americans safe

By Danielle Brian: Guest Columnist Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Congress and the Bush Administration have expanded the kinds of information that are withheld from the public. A more careful approach to handling sensitive information was surely needed after the attacks, given the new terrorist threats against the American people. However, government agencies have […]