President Obama's very public embrace of open government -- starting on his
first full day in office -- has been a welcome change from the regime of secrecy enforced by the previous administration.
The routine disclosure of White House visitor logs and the White House's Open Government Initiative are but two examples.
And yet the Obama administration's openness only goes so far.
In some ways, particularly when it comes to covering up the most controversial aspects of (or policies held over from) the Bush administration, this White House is as opaque as the last one.
In honor of Sunshine Week, which is a celebration of the importance of open government and freedom of information, here are 10 of the things that President Obama is keeping us in the dark about.
Vote for which ones you think are the most outrageous.
Where’s The Money Going For Afghan Reconstruction?
It now turns out that, as the New York Times
reports, “the chaos, weak oversight and wide use of cash payments in the reconstruction program in Iraq” allowed a whole lot of “Americans who took bribes or stole money to get off scot-free.”
So, might it not be a good idea to track the money we’re spending in Afghanistan?
Take it away, Christine Spolar
of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund: “In the past eight years, the United States has allocated $51 billion to rebuild and stabilize Afghanistan. But tracking that money sometimes seems as challenging as finding the leaders of the Taliban.
“No one keeps an exact count of the number of private contractors working in Afghanistan -- even though Congress ordered that be done more than two years ago."
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Jeremy Binckes contributed to this report.
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