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Hsieh PJM OpEd: "Transparency For Me, But Not For Thee"

Posted Aug 17 2010 5:05am
PajamasMedia has just published my latest OpEd, " Transparency For Me, But Not For Thee ".

My theme is that our government's ever-increasing demands for access to our personal data while simultaneously preventing us from gathering information about it threatens to turn America into a chilling "interrogation room society" where transparency only goes one way. Hence, Americans must demand government transparency as a corollary to the broader principle of properly limited government.

Here is the opening:
When President Barack Obama took office, he pledged to make his administration " the most open and transparent in history ." However, government officials are now demanding ever-increasing amounts of information about ordinary Americans, while preventing citizens from gathering similar information about government operations. If this ominous trend continues, this "transparency" will be in one direction only -- which bodes ill for the future of our republic.
(Read the full text of " Transparency for Me, but not for Thee ".)
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