O for Obama, not Open

And yet more evidence that Barack Obama is presiding over the third term of the Bush administration:

When President Obama announced his administration would attempt to reform government secrecy, he called it part of an effort to conduct the nation’s business with “unprecedented” openness. But government secrecy experts and openness advocates have another word for the effort, which Obama outlined in a memo released late last week: “superficial.”

We expect openness from a man who won’t release his official birth certificate to prove that he’s eligible to hold his job?

On the other hand, maybe it’s best for this administration to keep everything under wraps. Earlier this week, the federal government accidentally posted to the Internet a “highly confidential” document that “detailed information about hundreds of the nation’s civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.”

So confidential was this document that it was exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests. How does something like this wind up on a web server?

But don’t worry — your online medical records will be secure.

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