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Government Secrecy: Decisions Without Democracy

Government Secrecy: Decisions Without Democracy By David Banisar. Preface by Bob Barr and John Podesta. OpenTheGovernment.org and People for the American Way

Govinfo News says: “OpenTheGovernment.org and People for the American Way have issued an updated version of the 1987 primer on the expansion of executive power and government secrecy. The 1987 version documented the rise at the height of the Cold War; 20 years later, we face the same problems. The book also looks at the opportunities and challenges provided by the advent of digital government.”

In the forward, Gary D. Bass of OMB Watch, Thomas S. Blanton of the National Security Archive and Ralph G. Neas of People for the American Way say:

Our three organizations are part of OpenTheGovernment.org, a broad-based coalition that brings together journalists, librarians, academics, individual citizens, advocacy groups, and professional associations committed to strengthening and protecting our right to know. This primer is just one step in engaging the public in a campaign to make our government more transparent and accountable to the public. “We the people” must exercise our rights to strengthen, if not preserve, democracy. We encourage you to get involved by visiting the website (www.openthegovernment.org) to learn what you can do.

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