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Speaking Freely

A visit with Christina Wells, Professor of Law

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: civil liberties fear and prejudice government decision-making secrecy constitutional law

The dangers of excessive government secrecy

Topics: executive prerogative secrecy

Wells’ research reveals that the current Bush administration “has used secrecy very broadly without justifying why it wants to keep things secret.” “That’s a very dangerous thing to have happen,” she cautions, “because then you literally have no accountability,” and history has shown the sometimes devastating consequences of this scenario.