The notion is that with the adoption of the FOIA, and then government should be more open to requests of the citizenry to divulge information that is desired by the people. In short, according to the words of a former president that the American society is now more open (Moyers, 2002). But if that is the case, why then are groups saying the exact opposite? According to some groups, the government is clamping down on the free flow of information (Pete Yost, 2008).
In fact, the Bush Administration has alienated some of its allies and generated a storm of lawsuits in its bid to clamp down on the flow of information to the public (Baltimore Sun and Knight-Ridder Newspapers, 2002). When White House officials conducted clandestine meetings with energy officials, instead of enlightening the public of the conduct of the meeting, a senior White House official instead gave a lecture in American history (Sun and Ridder, 2002).
In referring to the drafting of the United States Constitution by the Founding Fathers, the aide instead proffered that the men who drafted the Constitution drafted the landmark document in total secrecy (Sun and Ridder, 2002). The administration seems to want to justify the action that lessens the window of the public to look into the everyday affairs of the Bush administration (Sun and Ridder, 2002). Oppositors of this policy say that the new stand of the government tends to undermine the very foundations of the democratic government of the United States (Sun and Ridder, 2002).
The group OpentheGovernment. org has said that the policy of the Bush Administration to limit if not curtail the flow of information to the people undermines the open society Americans pride themselves of having and will take some considerable effort to repair (Yost, 2008). The group takes into account the effort of the Bush government on at least 14 different instances to justify the administration (Yost, 2008). The government of the United States was founded on the principles of openness and of government accountability (Kathy Gill, 1996).
For the past three decades, the Freedom of Information Act stood as the symbol of that openness (Gill, 1996). But the veil of secrecy raises the specter that behind the closed avenues of secrecy, there is no guarantee that the most basic of rights is being upheld (Dean, 2001). If the trend continues, the result will be that people will be more apprehensive of their government, unsure if the action of the state is for their good (Dean, 2001).
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