by Mike Masnick
Thu, Jan 6th 2011 2:12pm
We had just noted that the new Republican leadership in Congress had decided that investigating Wikileaks is a priority, as they're upset that Attorney General Eric Holder has been "too slow" to bring legal action against the site (perhaps because it's not clear any laws were broken...). So it seems rather ironic that at the very same time, the same Republican leadership is also claiming to support much greater transparency in Congress. Apparently they're going to do a lot more to use technology to show the public what's going on in Congress. This will apparently mean that audio and video recordings of committee meetings will be permanently posted, "in a manner that is easily accessible to the public," and all votes in those committees will now be disclosed. On top of that, all legislation will supposedly be posted in full online three days before a vote. Of course, the Obama administration promised something similar, which it promptly ignored upon taking office. Also they're doing some more gimmicky things like streaming a Congressional session live on Facebook. I think that bringing more transparency to Congress is a good idea -- and I at least applaud the sentiment, but it seems rather silly to be doing that at the very same time as attacking Wikileaks, which was a clear reaction to the lack of transparency in government.
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