CQ Examines Secrecy in Congress

The cover story of the November 30, 2008 edition of CQ Weekly features an in-depth look at the state of secrecy in Congress, “A Dome Under Lock and Key.” The article’s author, Tim Starks, explores  Congress’s current and historical penchant for secrecy, the pressure for reform, and the impact that President-elect Barack Obama might have on encouraging more transparency. Starks looks closely at Congress’s tendency to hold secret meetings and back-room negotiations without notifying the public of such events. The article also examines how committees that deal with  national security issues handle classified information and how these committees  might be more open to the public.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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