Historian: Obama Balks at Dismantling Secrecy

OPEN GOVERNMENT — "President Barack Obama has made some laudable gestures towards reform
and transparency, but he has proved unwilling to make meaningful
changes in the oversight, accountability, and prerogatives of the
secret agencies he commands," writes U.C. Davis historian Kathryn Olmstead for the History News Network.

Despite his promise of a government
“committed to operating with an unprecedented level of openness,” he
exhibits reluctance to investigate or expose the potential crimes of
the nation’s secret warriors. If history can guide us in predicting the
consequences of this timidity, his unwillingness to fulfill his pledge
of transparency will feed conspiracy theories about the federal
government, and undermine the trust that he needs to accomplish his
most ambitious reforms.


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