February 19, 2009

President has yet to deliver on transparency promises

After running one of the most open campaigns in United States history, the Obama administration has so far yet to deliver on his promises of transparency:

In recent weeks, Mr. Obama's Justice Department has defended Bush administration decisions to keep secret many documents concerning the terror war.

The administration had said it would more liberally rewrite Freedom of Information Act guidelines to ensure taxpayers have more access to documents and information. But in more than a half-dozen times, the Justice Department has opposed delaying FOIA lawsuits so the new standards can be applied.

While we understand the need to give the administration time before passing judgement, we hope that the Obama administration lives up to its promises of having a more transparent government. Openness and honesty are vital to the continued success of representative democracy. Hopefully the Obama administration begins following through on its promises.