Demand Government Transparency in the United States

Target: The Obama Administration

Goal: To make the government—local, state, and federal—more transparent in the United States.

One of the biggest concerns that American citizens have about our federal government is that it holds back information from the public. President Obama promised to make the government more transparent once he entered into office, and while there has been some progress toward a more open government, there are still some remaining issues. The citizens of the United States need to stand up for the fact that the federal government only has a responsibility to protect individual privacy, not to protect the privacy of government actions.

The issue of government transparency is most significant when addressing America’s foreign policy. Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy over Wikileaks and those who publish documents that were elsewise unavailable. However, when somebody leaks information about the government spying or interfering in other countries, the media focuses on punishing the publisher of the information rather than questioning whether the United States should be practicing such activities in the first place. Foreign policy is a particularly touchy subject because the practices of our government in other countries will, in turn, have consequences for the American people. Thus, it should be mandatory that the public is aware of all the government’s foreign activities, as well as domestic activities. When the government is required to share more information about its policies and actions, there will automatically be a decline in corruption and exploitation. The American people need to insist on a free society that our founders fought for, in which the United States has a more open and truthful government.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Obama Administration,

Although it is apparent that the federal government has made efforts toward increased government transparency—in terms of releasing data and recovery information—it is vital that all information regarding the foreign policy of the United States is open to the public.

The United States was founded on the basis of having a free society in which American citizens have the freedom to have access to the truth. It is our basic right to know how our tax dollars are being spent and how we, as a nation, are being represented overseas.

Please follow through with your promise to commit yourselves toward building a more open government in our country.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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