June 18, 2009

Glenn Greenwald reviews Obama transparency record

Conservative critiques of the Obama administration are plentiful, but critiques from the other side of the aisle, like this one from Lawyer and Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald, are harder to find.

Greenwald has compiled 14 instances of the Obama administration breaking its promises on ushering in an era of transparency. The issues mostly revolve around national security/executive power transparency pledges that have not translated from a campaign pledge to Executive policy.

Greenwald does concede limited successes in the fight for transparency (release of the "torture memos", FOIA protocols) but overall Obama's record has been far from encouraging.