Friday, December 22, 2006

Freedom of Information in the United States after Sep. 11th : from the Perspective of National Security

After the aftermath of September 11th, the Bush Administration adopted many measures regarding national security which are contrary to freedom of information. Most obviously, the statutes and regulations in the Bush Administration provided for “sensitive but unclassified” and “critical infrastructure information”, but did not define them clearly. Accordingly, Freedom of Information Act has been prejudiced by the aim of anti-terrorism under the Bush Administration. The courts’ deference further exacerbates the adversely effect to the Freedom of Information Act. To summarize, national security and freedom of information can run together in some degree. #

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