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Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy

Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy

Book Discussions, Full Video, Videos
Published on Apr 16, 2015

Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., chief counsel to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, visits Roosevelt House to mark the publication of his new book, Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy, exploring the question, how much secrecy does good governance require? In his book, Schwarz examines a range of events from the dropping of the first atomic bomb and the Cuban Missile Crisis to Iran Contra, 9/11 and recent cases from Chelsea Manning to Edward Snowden. Schwarz will be joined in conversation by Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior fellow, The Hudson Institute, and Sarah Bartlett, Dean, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism to discuss his argument that while some control of information is necessary, governments tend to fall prey to a culture of secrecy that is ultimately not just hazardous to democracy but antithetical to it.