Another blow to the free flow of information -DOD IG Reports
Two articles highlighting the increasing secrecy of the US Gov't and of the Defense Department in particular.
- Secrecy News, Dec 19, 2003 - DOD INSPECTOR GENERAL TO CURTAIL WEB-BASED INFO
- Washington Post, December 22, 2003 - Under Bush, Expanding Secrecy
Secrecy News reports that the Dept of Defense Inspector General's new policy is
"Not only will classified information be banned from the web, as always, but so will all other information that has not been "specifically approved for public release," as well as "information that is of questionable value to the general public."
Secrecy News points out that although few of us wish to curl up at night with a DoD IG report, journalists and public accountability groups find them extremely helpful in identifying fraud, waste and abuse in our military that might otherwise be tolerated by an overworked Congress whose members live in terror of being "weak on national defense" by questioning DoD expenditures.
The Washington Post article cover other cases where information that could not possibly be of interest to terrorists (like the Energy Task Force members and minutes), but is of vital domestic interest is being removed or kept hidden from public view.
Sometimes lost in all of the ink about secrecy and erosion of civil liberties under President Bush is that nearly all Presidents since Wilson, and including President Clinton, have helped to expand what many people call the "National Security State."
Loss of information should not be a left/right issue -- it's a matter of basic democracy.