Secrecy in Government

Residents who live near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport have complained for years of giant aircraft swooping over their rooftops in the cover of night and commercial airliners parked on the runways.
But tales of secret operations and hidden records at the north DeKalb County facility largely were dismissed as conspiracy theories from a band of extremists.
Now a previously unheralded lawsuit filed last year has enlivened a cause that once conjured images of mythical black helicopters and has brought unprecedented scrutiny to how a neighborhood airfield became the second-busiest airport in Georgia.
The lawsuit accuses DeKalb County of illegally concealing information about its expansion of the airport as a haven for the private jets of some of Atlanta’s major corporations. The allegations bring to the surface three decades of community fears of a “Hartsfield North” encroaching on their homes.

It’s reports like this one about the Dekalb Peachtree airport that make you really understand the importance of having an open government. The AJC has a page set up to lobby against the ‘secrecy in government’ act and for Sunshine laws. The discussed bill is located here.
(some links via Jen)

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