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Saturday, March 22, 2003  

What else is rotten about this war? Eric Alterman reminds us that the Bush administration is using it to justify a systematic dismantling of citizens' right to know what their goverment is doing:

"Making it easier for government agencies to keep documents secret, the Bush administration plans to revoke an order issued by President Bill Clinton that among other provisions said information should not be classified if there was "significant doubt" as to whether its release would damage national security.

"The new policy is outlined in a draft executive order being circulated among federal agencies. A final version is expected to be adopted before April 17, when the last elements of the Clinton order would take effect, requiring automatic declassification of most documents 25 or more years old. Under the draft, such automatic declassification would be postponed until Dec. 31, 2006.

"The new policy would also permit reclassification of documents that have already been made public, and give the Central Intelligence Agency special authority to resist decisions by an interagency panel that considers classification appeals, typically from researchers."



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Again: the war may be successful. But at what cost to our democracy?

posted by Jeff | 9:47 AM |
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