||In this study of transparency in American life, journalist Ted Gup examines how governments, corporations, and other institutions are effectively closing off access to information that, at least in the first instance, belongs to the people. The movement toward open government has been thwarted by administrations that sometimes brazenly deny access to papers, or over-classify too many documents. Gup shows how this trend pre-dates 9/11, but has gained momentum since, as the governments invokes what he sees as very dubious security concerns. The effect of all this, says Gup, is to diminish our freedoms and our system of checks and balances.
||Examines the growing emphasis on secrecy in government, business, academia, courtrooms, the media, and every other aspect of American life, explaining why the expanding array of classified information devaluates true privacy and how the preoccupation with secrecy has undermined such values as patriotism, security, privacy, and the national interest. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
|Editors Note 2
||Award winning journalist Ted Gup exposes how and why our most important institutions increasingly keep secrets from the very people they are supposed to serve.Drawing on his decades as an investigative reporter, Ted Gup argues that a preoccupation with secrets has undermined the very values--security, patriotism, and privacy--in whose name secrecy is so often invoked. He explores the blatant exploitation of privacy and confidentiality in academia, business, and the courts, and concludes that in case after case, these principles have been twisted to allow the emergence of a shadow system of justice, unaccountable to the public. Nation of Secrets not only sounds the alarm to warn against an unethical way of life, but calls for the preservation of our democracy as we know it.