Thursday, March 17, 2005

Another step towards a closed society

From Slate's article about secrecy in the Bush administration:
Since President George W. Bush entered office, the pace of classification activity has increased by 75 percent, said William Leonard in March 2 congressional testimony. His Information Security Oversight Office oversees the classification system and recorded a rise from 9 million classification actions in fiscal year 2001 to 16 million in fiscal year 2004.

Yet an even more aggressive form of government information control has gone unenumerated and often unrecognized in the Bush era, as government agencies have restricted access to unclassified information in libraries, archives, Web sites, and official databases.

Great, nothing I love more than less government accountability. Someone should send President Bush a copy of the Open Society and its Enemies.

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