Time Essay: THE PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW: HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE?

THE PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO KNOW: HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE

A CONFLICT almost as old as democratic government itself is raging anew in Washington these days. The issue is the accessibility of information about Government operations. This conflict often pits the President and the Executive Branch against Congress, regulatory agencies against consumer interests, bureaucrats against environmentalists, Congress against the voter, the courts against the bar and, at times, the news media against all of them. At its highest levels, the pitch of the argument is tuned by public disquietude over the war in...

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