Obama in 2009: Government Shouldn't Keep Secrets 'Because Public Officials Might Be embarrassed by Disclosure'
10:57 AM, Jun 20, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In 2009, President Obama said in a statement on the Freedom of Information Act that "The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears."
Obama and administration officials also pledged to run the "most transparent administration in history."
This statement seems particularly timely today since President Obama is invoking executive privilege in deciding not to release Attorney General Eric Holder's Fast and Furious documents.
Fox News reports:
One wonders whether today's announcement signals that the president has changed his mind on government secrecy and transparency.