Despite President Barack Obama’s vow for greater “transparency” and tighter National Security Agency restrictions, only 11 percent of American voters think the government is now less likely to monitor their private phone calls.
The White House is declining to confirm reports that a U.S. drone killed the Pakistani Taliban’s second-in-command.
The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year, but more often than it ever has it cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations.
Longtime reporter Dan Rather stated that he believes President Obama has been “fairly good” in office, but that he has broken his promise of increased transparency in The White House.