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A New Look at Our "Nation of Secrets"

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Ted Gup, a former Washington Post and Time Magazine Reporter now teaching at Case Western University, writes in a new book, “Nation of Secrets” that this is “an increasingly furtive land where closed doors outnumber open ones and where it is no longer ‘the right to know’ but ‘the need to know’ that is the measure against which access is determined.” Gup says “there has been a sea change in the fundamental presumption of openness.” The book looks at both excesses in the name of national security and in local courthouses and corporate offices. There’s also a chapter on secrecy and the press. (6/5/07)