What a goodly number of our public servants do not understand is that when they accept an official position, they surrender the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. There is no right to privacy when it comes to a person’s official duties and obligations. This is an issue that has been a challenge ever since the FOIA was passed. Closed Congressional hearings to cover up malfeasance were a compromise to protect the bureaucracy.
Now that they’ve gotten away with that, the interest is to extend secrecy to all their doings. Invoking national security and executive privilege are strategies to evade making an accounting of their performance in office. An executive, whose qualifications are suspect, is exposing behavior that used to occur under the table. The decades long effort to keep the public in the dark is being laid bare.
If you’ll recall, the Congressional obligation to be informed about clandestine activities overseas was delegated during Bush/Cheney to the Gang of Eight (House and Senate majority and minority leaders, majority and ranking members of Intelligence Committees) because it was decided that our elected representatives could not be trusted not to share the information with the public and the press. Of course, that decision was taken under the umbrella of the Iraq war, whose prosecution was supposed to give the Commander in Chief extra-ordinary authority and powers. One is tempted to suggest that we prosecuting wars and foreign entanglements for the purpose of evading governance by the people.