04/07/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Open Justice Department: Reversing the Bush/Cheney National Security State?

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My friend Tracy Russo was involved with launching this brand new Department of Justice website today -- just before a hard-hitting winter snow storm shuts down a lot of DC this weekend.

The site emphasizes transparency and openness by explaining how to make Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and posting links to records management information, declassification, Congressional affairs, and the like. You can also "Share Your Ideas" about transparency.

share your ideas.jpgAt first glance, this looks like a good new resource.

However, I hope some of the fifty or so Guantanamo detainees who are being sentenced to further "indefinite detention" won't be hidden off in some non-transparent box somewhere.

Come to think of it, for those of you who are so inclined, you might want to "share your ideas" about the detainee challenges, or other matters, on the website. Be polite and respectful -- and link your proposals to "transparency and openness."

Check it out.

This site seems could be useful in making some real progress in the right direction when it comes to knocking down some walls of what became under Bush/Cheney a very opaque national security state.

-- Steve Clemons publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note. Clemons can be followed on Twitter @SCClemons

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