~ reclassification of federal records removes them from the public sphere ~

The public is losing access to government documents that were formerly available under the FOIA. Low level federal employees are designating many of these records “Not For Public Dissemination” and there’s no record of which ones are being reclassified.

Federal agencies under the Bush administration are sweeping vast amounts of public information behind a curtain of secrecy in the name of fighting terrorism, using 50 to 60 loosely defined security designations that can be imposed by officials as low-ranking as government clerks. Read the article

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