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OMB Watch Launches New Website
OMB Watch, along with 30 other nonprofit groups, launched a new website called www.openthegovernment.org to raise awareness of rising government secrecy in local and federal government.
"This broad swath of secrecy is hiding information that the public could use to make us safer and ensure the government is doing all it can to fight terrorists," said Rick Blum, director of OMB Watch's government secrecy project. "The government too often uses the threat of terror to hide embarrassing information."
The Bush administration disagrees that the government’s secrecy is on the rise. "The fact is the government is as open as it has ever been," said Mark Corallo, director of public affairs at the Justice Department. The number of responses for documents filed under the Freedom of Information Act, for example, equals what the Clinton administration released, he said.”