A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

September 1st, 2006 • Quill Archives
Senator: Administration obsessed with secrets

The public’s need to know is a constant in a democratic society, but fulfillment of the public’s right to know ebbs and flows. As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act, the current ebb tide of public access to government information has been especially severe, drawn down by a secrecy-obsessed administration that too often seems to treat information as the sovereign property not of the people but of the executive branch.