Sep 8, 2009 1:02 PM by Associated Press

Report: Obama administration improves openness

A coalition of public interest groups says President Barack Obama's policies on secrecy have made major strides from the days of President George W. Bush.

In a report issued today, the coalition says there's still room for improvement, but positives include the recent release of Justice Department memos on Bush administration interrogation policies. The group also praises Obama's embrace of greater openness under the Freedom of Information Act.

The report noted, however, the government has not backed away from occasional use of the state secrets privilege. The report also says the administration has argued in court for secrecy regarding the role of former Vice President Dick Cheney in the Valerie Plame affair. consists of 75 public interest groups.




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