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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:14 PM
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Bush Admin: What You Don't Know Can't Hurt Us


http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/002175.php

Just how many different ways has the Bush Administration tried to hide once-public information sources from the public record? Help us count the ways.



On Friday, Justin discovered that the Department of Defense has suddenly classified the numbers of attacks in Iraq for September through November of this year -- after providing the figures for every month since the war began. Why classify the information now? If there's a good explanation, we don't know it, and the Pentagon isn't returning our calls.

As others have noted, it's far from the first time that the administration has tried to deep-six data that was unhelpful to its goals. Over the years, they've discontinued annual reports, classified normally public data, de-funded studies, quieted underlings, and generally done whatever was necessary to keep bad information under wraps.

Wouldn't it be great to have all those examples in one place? Thankfully, Steve Benen at the Carpetbagger Report has started us off on that goal. But we're pretty confident there are more examples, so please use the comments to make suggestions, and we'll update the list as we verify the specifics. Please, include links where possible.
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