Sunshine on my shoulder gets me sunburned.
March 16, 2013 11:27 AM   Subscribe

Did you know that this is the last day of Sunshine Week? What is Sunshine Week? An attempt to get a nationwide discussion going about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. (from 2005 a Blue note was sung with This little light of mine here on the Blue)

How many remember statements about how there was a need to restore the American people’s trust in their government by making government more transparent? From answers like Dick Cheney was worse when asked to be shown the legal justification on drone policy to an ACLU Staff Attorney claiming "We've seen a meteoric rise in the number of claims to protect secret law, the government's interpretations of laws or its understanding of its own authority. In some ways, the Obama administration is actually even more aggressive on secrecy than the Bush administration." there doesn't seem to be any reason to worry about a future so bright you've gotta wear shades.
posted by rough ashlar (4 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Thanks for posting this - I'm a big fan of sunshine laws and I didn't know this is Sunshine Week.

I built a website from sunshine law material - when Lisa McPherson died at Scientology's Florida headquarters, the evidence gathered by the Clearwater Police Department was made available to anyone who sent them a check for $25. All 6719 pages of it.

Sunshine laws are a great thing, and I really appreciate you highlighting Sunshine Week. Thanks!
posted by kristi at 1:24 PM on March 16, 2013

Ah, this must be the origin of the the term "sunshine list" which is the list of all the folks paid with provincial government money who make over $100,000 per year. Very interesting list, that.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 7:46 PM on March 16, 2013

So why do Washington watchdog groups look the other way?

Probably for the same reasons most rank and file democrats do.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar at 4:23 AM on March 22, 2013

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