The Gross National Debt

Monday, March 19, 2012

Freedom of secrecy

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How do I track thee? Let me hide the ways.

Among the lies by the current liar in chief is: A more open government. That was a campaign promise.

As we approach the nadir of this administration's first term (and with hopes of it being a altogether end of the administration), the results show yet another busted promise.

Not news. From 2009 comes this AP report. "The administration has stalled even over records about its own efforts to be more transparent. The AP is still waiting – after nearly three months – for records it requested about the White House's "Open Government Directive," rules it issued in December directing every agency to take immediate, specific steps to open their operations up to the public."
Gratuitous cuteness shot.

It has only gotten worse. Here's a report from liberals from about right now.

Not that the current prevaricator is anything worse that his predecessors. They all covered up, hid, obfuscated, lost the papers, transferred requests and engaged in massive government accounting practices to keep Americans from learning about government. 

But hey! This is the kind of government many people want. They want secrets. They want broken promises. They want lies. They want to be cheated.

Sorry. Rant off.

Anyway with the government bound and determined to keep secrets, have you wondered what the government has on file about you? I periodically do. I know they have a folder on me. Both are ideas I've expressed before.

But now I'm gonna see what I can pry out of their cold undead fingers. Yeah. Going to file a Freedom of Information Act Request on myself. You can do the same.

I wonder what the government has on file about you. Do you wonder the same?

Does it bother you that the government has a file on you? Does it smack of the KGB and secret police? Is it something any responsible government will do? How much is too much? What's just enough?

Will you volunteer information you think needs to be in the file, but is not?

If there is incorrect information, do you think you'll be able to get it corrected?

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