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theredstate Donating Member (144 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:40 PM
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Anti-FOIA study exposed and stalled
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 05:42 PM by theredstate

Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. ~Thomas Jefferson

After the negative press from the announcement that St. Mary's Law School was receiving $1 million from the DoD to study "how to limit the Freedom of Information Act," the Air Force Research Laboratory suddenly admits is won't administer the project.

The laboratory states that the project is more of a "policy project than bona fide research."

Shocking!

Here we have the Air Force Research Lab saying that its a poilical push rather than an academic endevour.

The research group manages all basic scientific research funded by the Air Force, soliciting proposals from academic institutions for work in fields such as chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science, according to its Web site.

The St. Mary's proposal "doesn't fit with the information research and development that we do," Emlin toldSecrecy News.

So, why would we trust the director, Addicott, or the Center to have a true research study when the Air Force doesn't believe it can? Frankly, I do not trust him or the Center to protect our freedom nor the good name of my alma mater.

I hope the University and it's president, Dr. Charlie Cotrell, see the error of allowing such a controversial and wrong headed-project to continue.

To help, read the petition (pdf) and sign it by sending your name to giveitbackstmarys@gmail.com

How about a little James Madison to cap the post? I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.


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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 08:24 PM
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1. Oh you left out the best part of that article
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 08:25 PM by WolverineDG
There's absolutely nothing to fear about any study involving an industry whose trade publication is called "Secrecy News."

I'm glad someone is calling bull shit to this, well, bull shit.

dg
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 09:39 PM
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2. I'll tip my hat to Madison too!
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."

It's that wakeup call people. The price of democracy is ever vigilance. (I'm pretty sure that the government since they're they ones abridging our freedoms) :mad:

And thank you Eddie for bringing to our attention!

Sonia
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