In this email response to the director of a freedom of information NGO in the Republic of Georgia, Giorgi Kldiashvili, civic-minded and engaged Americans may see little that is new to them. But, perhaps, it will serve as a reminder about the derivation of some of our precious freedoms.
This disrespectful scoff at the legal requirements for transparency occurred in the most populous county in the nation's most populous state. And, as reported in the largest newspaper in the western U.S., there was nothing to indicate even a scintilla of remorse, outrage or apology.
Open government laws, in state after state, are being damaged and weakened, with increasing frequency, by new exclusions, loopholes and crazy exemptions that promote more secrecy and a lot less transparency.