Sunday, August 22, 2010

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

By Paul Hsieh

PajamasMedia recently 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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