Apparently, "National Security" in the US is new buzzword for "It makes us look bad"

22 12 2006

A recent opinion article in the New York Times was edited by the “Central Intelligence Agency’s Publication Review Board” to remove passages that had no “Security” implications.  The author had passed the document through board, and all was well, until the White House stepped in and said “Make them remove the following…”  Apparently “National Security” could be compromised by people knowing publicly available materials.

A couple of things.  

1. “Central Intelligence Agency’s Publication Review Board”???  Wow.  I thought things like that stopped after WWII or Vietnam.  I wonder how they decide what to check over, and how many people there are.  Surely there are hundreds of thousands of columns being printed all over the US.  How are they to know which ones will be blabbing about National Security issues?

2. When will the Executive Branch of the US government keep its grubby paws off the rights of the people to discuss information that puts it in a bad light?  Life is NOT a giant scripted TV show….  You HAVE to take the good with the bad.  You can’t just hide the bad.    You folks down below the 49th are heading for a real life nightmare if this keeps up. 

Good Night and Good Luck!

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