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The John Birch Society: Preserving America -- and a Few Secretsnew

The nonpartisan, in-the-background, slightly secretive organization wants to indoctrinate you in its cause: making America jibe with the Constitution. They've been at it for 50 years. Are they making converts? Hard to say. Membership numbers, and the number of chapters nationwide, are kept tightly under wraps
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Ken Miller  |  11-13-2009  |  Politics

'Secrecy' Investigates Executive Power and the Need-to-Knownew

Even as Secrecy's former operatives acknowledge the massive intelligence failures leading to 9/11, they're ready to make the case for the increased need for government subterfuge in the War on Terror: what secrecy begets, only secrecy will solve, and every time the gloves come off, the blinders will go on.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Max Goldberg  |  10-23-2008  |  Reviews

Since When Does the President Have the Power to Silence People Who Want to Talk?new

It's fascinating to see the various uses George W. Bush's administration has made of the phrase "executive privilege." Most recently, Karl Rove has ignored a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to testify about the prosecution of Don Siegelman, the former governor of Alabama, a Democrat who also happened to be that party's best chance to regain the governor's mansion. (Rove has already brushed off a subpoena from the Senate.)
Baltimore City Paper  |  Brian Morton  |  06-10-2008  |  Commentary


In December President Bush quietly signed a law to make federal records more accessible. This month he quietly gutted it.
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  02-19-2008  |  Media

Catholic Church Tries to Keep Court Documents Zipped Upnew

San Francisco Archbishop William Levada doesn't want the public to know about decades of alleged sexual misconduct by his clerics. But why are district attorneys in San Mateo, Marin and San Francisco helping him keep secrets?
SF Weekly  |  Ron Russell  |  01-24-2005  |  Crime & Justice

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