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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 11:32 PM
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Why doesn't Bush want us to know how many strategic nukes we had?
Edited on Sun Aug-20-06 11:46 PM by bigtree
Cold War Missiles Target of Blackout

Documents Altered To Conceal Data

By Christopher Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 21, 2006; A01

The Bush administration has begun designating as secret some information that the government long provided even to its enemy the former Soviet Union: the numbers of strategic weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during the Cold War.

The Pentagon and the Department of Energy are treating as national security secrets the historical totals of Minuteman, Titan II and other missiles, blacking out the information on previously public documents, according to a new report by the National Security Archive. The archive is a nonprofit research library housed at George Washington University.

"It would be difficult to find more dramatic examples of unjustifiable secrecy than these decisions to classify the numbers of U.S. strategic weapons," wrote William Burr, a senior analyst at the archive who compiled the report. " . . . The Pentagon is now trying to keep secret numbers of strategic weapons that have never been classified before."

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. The National Archives was embroiled in scandal during the spring when it was disclosed that the agency had for years kept secret a reclassification program under which the CIA, the Air Force and other agencies removed thousands of records from public shelves.


more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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TomInTib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:04 AM
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1. Get ready, buddy.. When the last lid is screwed on tight, ...
we are next.

They are setting themselves up for a Dem majority in the House. Watch for all crazy maner of crap to be locked down tight in the very near future. They will then be able to link almost any subject/charge to 'vital National Security issues'.

Just watch and see.
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Virginian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:36 AM
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2. I wonder how many have or are being smuggled to Iraq to be
I wonder how many have or are being smuggled to Iraq to be "found" in October.
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Cobalt-60 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 01:35 AM
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3. They need WMDs
And they don't want us to know from whence they came.
They're embarrassed about getting caught lying about them in Iraq.
In Iraq they learned that leaving unguarded ammunition dumps ensured the insurgents had weapons.
Perhaps a few W-31s will fall off a truck in Tehran, just to get things going before the elections.
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