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alvarezadams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:49 PM
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Chronic secretiveness... to the point of insanity
US makes missile data secret again

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The administration of US President George W. Bush has reportedly begun reclassifying information about the numbers of US strategic weapons during the Cold War, even though it had been once provided to the Soviet Union.

Citing a new report by the National Security Archive, the Washington Post said the Pentagon and the Department of Energy are again treating as secret information about Minuteman, Titan II and other missiles, blacking out the information on previously public documents.

"It would be difficult to find more dramatic examples of unjustifiable secrecy than these decisions to classify the numbers of US strategic weapons," the paper quoted William Burr, a senior analyst at the archive as saying.

The Post said the report comes at a time when the Bush administration's penchant for government secrecy has troubled researchers and bred controversy over agency efforts to withhold even seemingly innocuous information.

Major Patrick Ryder, a Pentagon spokesman, is quoted in the report as saying that "the Department of Defense takes the responsibility of classifying information seriously."

"This includes classifying information at the lowest level possible," Ryder said.

Bryan Wilkes, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, a division of the Energy Department, said his agency focused on scrubbing declassified documents for sensitive US nuclear weapons information that, in the wrong hands, could be used to harm Americans, The Post said....

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060821/ts_alt_afp/usmilit...

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damntexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:50 PM
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1. Well past the point of insanity:
criminal insanity, at that.
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alvarezadams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:58 PM
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2. Needless to say
the key to democracy is accountability... and to be accountable it is necessary to have a large degree of transparency.

This story is just icing on the cake. The history of this administration is one long list of secret this, classified that, cherrypicked the other. And the loyal Dubyabumpkins (and their DLC acolytes) remain silent.
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