On November 1, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13233, which ends 27 years of Congressional and judicial efforts to make Presidential papers and records publicly available.

This Executive Order suggests that Bush not only doesn?t want Americans to know what he?s doing, he also doesn?t want to worry that historians will someday find out. That is the message in this effort to prevent public access to Presidential papers ? not only his, but those of all Presidents since the Reagan-Bush administration.
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One of the most awful pieces of legislation in recent history is now under consideration by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, with hearings scheduled on September 5, 2001. It is designed to criminalize government whistleblowing and ‘leaks.’ (It is part of the Intelligence Appropriations Bill, SH 216.)

This draconian new secrecy law comes at a time when we should be relaxing government secrecy, not finding new ways of enforcement that are drawn from the annals of dictatorship. According to Steven Aftergood, the highly respected author of Secrecy News says in his Washington Times article on the proposal, “this ill-conceived proposal could do profound damage to our political system.”
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