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Special NOW Broadcast on Sunshine Laws, March 17, 2006

How far can and will the government go to keep its secrets? NOW's one-hour special on March 17, 2006 about government secrecy is part of "Sunshine Week," when newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, and Web sites around the nation publish reports that foster a dialogue about the importance of open government to the public and to our democracy. NOW shines a spotlight on the erosion of open government in America through the stories of whistleblowers—insiders who in many cases have risked it all for their democracy by telling the truth.

On this week's show, meet some ordinary people showing extraordinary courage in fighting government stealth and secrecy. They include two mothers who lost their sons in the Iraq War, a Massachusetts mayor with safety concerns about a local energy plant, and a retired Virginia couple who uncovered something very fishy in their hometown. Also, hear from a Republican Congresswoman who charges the White House is resisting Congressional efforts to keep warrantless eavesdropping in check.

With the motto that "open government is good government," Sunshine Week 2006 has brought together newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, and Web sites around the nation to report on the importance of open government in America. Now, 40 years after the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted, government secrecy is still a hot topic.

Secrecy and the Katrina Investigation
A Video Exclusive

When Congress decided to investigate the government's preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina, the White House stonewalled. What does it say about the state of our democracy when secrecy is used to hide potential flaws in federal response to natural disasters? Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa and Producer Peter Meryash bring you this special report

Explore more of NOW's special Sunshine Week coverage

"The Sunshine Gang" was made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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