Monday, May 19, 2008

Nothing to hide?

By Libby

I'm off to work for a few hours. Not sure if it's a short or long day but here's something before I go. In a typical Orwellian Bushspeak manuever, the administration has trotted out a new name for new policy on their super duper 'secrets'.

Bush's memorandum, signed on the eve of his daughter Jenna's wedding, introduced "Controlled Unclassified Information" as a new government category that will replace "Sensitive but Unclassified." [...]

Designating information as CUI is left to the "head of the originating department or agency," based on "mission requirements, business prudence, legal privilege, the protection of personal or commercial rights, safety, or security."

The Archives will establish "enforcement mechanisms and penalties for improper handling of CUI." The "controlled" classification "may inform," but will not determine, whether information can be made public in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Yeah right. Translated to realspeak, the Bush regime just made it a lot easier to go after whistleblowers who might expose their criminality and before they're done classifying what you're allowed to know, you won't even be able to find out the current time and temp for your town because those "evil-doing turrists" might use the information to plan an attack.

And the FOIA assurance is a joke. Of course it won't determine anything new. They already make it almost impossible to get anything under the act already.

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