Oath of Tennessee Grand Jurors. —The following oath shall be administered to all members of the grand jury including the foreperson:

“You as members of the grand jury do solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will diligently inquire, and true presentment make, of all offenses given you in charge, or otherwise brought to your knowledge, committed or triable within this county; that you will keep secret the state’s counsel, the other jurors’ and your own; that you will present no person from hatred, malice, or ill will, nor leave any unpresented through fear, favor, or affection, or for any reward, or the promise or hope thereof, but that you will present the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, according to the best of your skill and understanding. So help you God.”

Source: Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure 6.(4).,.

“Sunshine Week” is the ONE week out of the year when the state owned media is supposed to support openness in government.  Are you holding your breath?

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Scripps Poll – Government Secrecy is as Strong as Ever
3/14/2010 12:01:00 AM

Public cynicism that the federal government operates in an atmosphere of secrecy is as strong as ever, despite President Barack Obama’s promises to make government information more easily available to the public.

A new survey of 1,001 adult residents of the United States found that 70 percent believe that the federal government is either “very secretive” or “somewhat secretive.” The largest portion of respondents, 44 percent, said it is “very secretive.”

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