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Tuesday, 15 April, 2008 5:07 PM

Bob Woodward says Americans Should Be Concerned with 'Secret Government'

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Bob Woodward is best known for uncovering the Watergate Scandal along with Carl Bernstein.

by Nicole Vowell
nicole.vowell@yahoo.com

DETROIT -- Government secrecy is what American’s should be afraid of the most, award-winning journalist and author, Bob Woodward, told a crowded auditorium Thursday at Wayne State University.

Woodward—famous for his journalistic impact during the Watergate scandal said, “The thing we should worry about; above war, the economy, healthcare and the environment...is secret government.” That is what Watergate was about, he said, and “too much of the Bush Administration has been about secret government.”

The job of the press is to find out what is really going on, Woodward told the audience during his wide-ranging speech on the press and the presidency during the Wayne State’s Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCIS) program.

“It is the job of the press to do independent and aggressive examination on what is really happening,” Woodward said. He praised the Detroit Free Press for recently doing so in the city of Detroit, regarding the text message scandal between Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former Chief of staff Christine Beatty.

Our government is very capable of putting out stories, giving out documents, and answering questions, Woodward said, “They just don’t do it.”

Regarding the invasions in Iraq in 2003 Woodward said, “Journalist should have been more aggressive and skeptical when it comes to the war”

The evidence regarding the invasions in Iraq were much skimpier than generally believed, Woodward said. “I have not found anything that went on during the Nixon administration during the Bush administration, but you just don’t know, but I keep digging and keep talking to people and keep trying.”

By allowing these secret governments to remain secret and out of the light of the public, “Democracies die in darkness.” Woodward said, “Presidents come and go, governments come and go, but if they operate outside of the daylight – we’re not going to know and we’re going to lose the democracy that we have.”

 

 

 

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