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Gimme Some TruthThe John Lennon FBI Files$
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Jon Wiener

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520216464

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520216464.001.0001

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Gimme Some Truth

Jon Wiener

University of California Press

The story of the Lennon files is the story of a fourteen-year legal battle to win release of the withheld pages. It is also a story about the ways the Reagan, Bush, and Clinton administrations resisted the requirements of the FOIA. The main issue in this book is not simply John Lennon. The basic subject is that government officials everywhere like secrecy. By keeping the public from learning what they have done, they hope to avoid criticism, hinder the opposition, and maintain power over citizens and their elected representatives. Classified files and official secrets lie at the heart of the modern governmental bureaucracy, and permit the undemocratic use of power to go unrecognized and unchallenged by citizens. However, democracy is not powerless before this practice. America has led the world in the fight against government secrecy.

Keywords:   Clinton, Bush, criticism, democracy, secrecy

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