North Dakota’s ethics commissioners are afraid to let you watch their meetings

MINOT, N.D. — North Dakota’s new ethics commission doesn’t want to be transparent with you, the public.

This board of bureaucrats, which wasn’t elected and is accountable to nobody yet is seeking to appropriate to itself vast powers to inhibit the authority of those we do elect (more on that in a moment), balked at the idea of putting even its members’ email addresses online.

This happened at Wednesday’s meeting where the commissioners also made it clear that they’d rather the public not have easy access to video recordings of their meetings, either.

These self-imagined doyens of government transparency and accountability are afraid that making recordings of their meetings and their email addresses available online, where the press and the public can easily access them, might put them at risk of identity theft.

I’m not joking.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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