Lack of transparency is and has always been the culture of all governments throughout the world. Although the degree is debatable, its existence is deeply embedded into every political ideology. This is a fact and cannot be argued. For example, I find it amusing the extent many go to defend that they have freedoms by attempting to rationalize that other Nations have far less and we should feel fortunate to live here in the United States. It is sad that we as a people allow apathy to lesson our expectations of our government. Right now with all eyes on Washington DC corruption festers with each decision and indecision being made because ultimately; transparency does not exist.
Without full transparency, Democracy is just another word for tyranny.