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  •  Yes, but, it wasn't until the passage of the (6+ / 0-)

    Federal Tort Claims Act and the Freedom of Information Act that covering one's ass became a problem for public officials.  Up until then, they enjoyed "sovereign immunity"--i.e. in the process of doing the public's business, they could mess up without any fear of consequence.

    Just think what power that implies--to act without responsibility for consequence!

    It's no wonder that public officials are doing their best to return to those care-free days.  If they can't be immune, then keeping their mistakes secret is the next best thing.  

    The the question becomes how to get around the FOIA.  That's a more potent piece of legislation than the civil rights acts.  FOIA is the key to popular government.

    How do you keep them from using it?  Intimidation.  What's more intimidating than having to disrobe in public?  It's not just the shoes, you know.

    How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

    by hannah on Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 02:29:45 PM PDT

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