Authors: Mary Graham
November 6, 2015
Publication:
The American Prospect

...Two important new books reach starkly different conclusions about whether the United States remains caught in an era of ever-increasing secrecy or has been transformed by a culture of openness. Frederick A. O. Schwarz Jr. argues that the nation remains in a Secrecy Era (his caps) in which officials make decisions behind closed doors without even thinking about the benefits of public discussion. Excessive secrecy, motivated by long-standing bureaucratic incentives and intensified by fear of communism and terrorism, has turned America into a “democracy in the dark.”

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