Ronald Bailey on the Menace of Secret Government


White House

In January, President Barack Obama made a much-anticipated speech at the Department of Justice outlining proposed reforms of the domestic surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. For all his language about being more transparent and solicitous of civil liberties, Obama's new executive order includes a secret classified addendum, the content of which we can only guess at, apprehensively. Ronald Bailey notes how counterproductive such secretive tactics are to transparent government and how dangerous they are to civil liberties.