Bush Administration Information Policy and Democratic Values

Bush Administration Information Policy and Democratic Values

G. David Garson (North Carolina State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 26
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-594-8.ch001
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Bush administration information policy raises fundamental questions about the survival of democratic values in what is increasingly a surveillance society. After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, Bush administration information policy abandoned the transparency in government policies of the Clinton administration and the 1990s, moving the pendulum toward a policy of secrecy in government and massive classification of documents. From perpetuating core elements of the Congressionally-banned Total Information Awareness program to warrantless electronic searching on a mass basis to undermining provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the Bush administration has sought as a matter of policy to curtail the democratic freedoms it purports to protect. A comprehensive civil remedies statute needs to be enacted in order to assure that citizens have a clear legal claim in litigation against the government when they suffer various forms of injury as a result of wrongful surveillance and intrusion into their privacy.

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Todd Loendorf
Chapter 1
G. David Garson
Bush administration information policy raises fundamental questions about the survival of democratic values in what is increasingly a surveillance... Sample PDF
Bush Administration Information Policy and Democratic Values
Chapter 2
Harry Hammitt
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been a tightening of public access. In response to perceived security threats... Sample PDF
Less Safe: The Dismantling of Public Information Systems after September 11
Chapter 3
Charles N. Davis
Access to government information in a post-September 11 often involves the resolution of conflicts between privacy rights and the public interest... Sample PDF
Expanding Privacy Rationales under the Federal Freedom of Information Act: Stigmatization as Tailsman
Chapter 4
Lauren Teffeau, Megan Mustafoff, Leigh Estabrook
This chapter discusses two studies performed by the Library Research Center at the University of Illinois concerning the impact the terrorist... Sample PDF
Access to Information and the Freedom to Access: The Intersection of Public Libraries and the USA PATRIOT Act
Chapter 5
Abby A. Goodrum
Libraries in the U.S. have long been places of interest to government law enforcement agencies, and academic and public librarians have long sought... Sample PDF
Watching What We Read: Implications of Law Enforcement Activity in Libraries since 9/11
Chapter 6
Brian S. Krueger
While more is probably known about the causes of political participation than any other political behavior, the research program suffers in that it... Sample PDF
Resisting Government Internet Surveillance by Participating in Politics Online and Offline
Chapter 7
Jeffrey Roy
In an era of digital government, citizen-centric governance is a central aim, one that is often predicated on more efficient and responsive service... Sample PDF
Security, Sovereignty, and Continental Interoperability: Canada's Elusive Balance
Chapter 8
Akhlaque Haque
The Patriot Act of 2001 has introduced significant legislative changes impacting how public managers collect, disseminate, and evaluate information... Sample PDF
Information Technology and Surveillance: Implications for Public Administration in a New Word Order
Chapter 9
David C. Wyld
This chapter provides an overview of RFID (radio frequency identification) and the emerging use of the technology in the governmental sector. It... Sample PDF
The Little Chip that Could: The Public Sector and RFID
Chapter 10
Todd Loendorf
The tragic events of September 11, 2001, created an environment that was conducive to the expansion of surveillance operations. Furthermore, the... Sample PDF
Out of Control? The Real ID Act of 2005
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