House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now holding up an urgently needed revision to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The reason she and her colleagues cite is the Bush administration’s alleged penchant for trampling privacy rights and excessive secrecy.
This has become something of a mantra in left-leaning circles. Helen Thomas, who has covered the White House since John F. Kennedy was president, calls the Bush administration “the most secretive administration I have ever covered.” Barack Obama sees it as “one of the most secretive administrations in our history.”
Has the Bush administration really been so secretive? And if so, is that such a bad thing? Continue reading