Opinion: Government bears burden of showing why secrecy needed

Finding the balance between the public’s right to know about government and government’s position that national security and other vital concerns should prevent sharing of certain information is the ongoing struggle in our democracy.

Amid so many potential threats to our security, with Sept. 11, 2001, always there to remind us what CAN happen, the willingness of even the most staunch advocates of open government to argue for secrecy is a reality.

Against that backdrop, it is necessary to make the case for how secrecy ultimately makes us weaker. Lee Hamilton, director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University and a man who served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years, writes in “Why Government Openness Matters”: Continue>>>