Wednesday, December 07, 2005

t r u t h o u t - Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith | War Crimes Made Easy

Having asked for their Dog to send them a new Pearl Harbour, when 911 did just come along, the Bushco wasted no time in effectively sweeping away the freedom of information act so as to enable all manner of criminal Government conspiracies, which are now coming to light.

t r u t h o u t - Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith | War Crimes Made Easy: " Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, Attorney General John Ashcroft issued a sweeping memorandum which interpreted out of existence much of the FOIA, discouraging government agencies from releasing any information that could conceivably be withheld. ('Any discretionary decision by your agency to disclose information protected under the FOIA should be made only after full and deliberate consideration of the institutional, commercial, and personal privacy interests that could be implicated by disclosure of the information.') Department and agency heads who decided to withhold records were 'assured that the Department of Justice will defend your decisions' unless they lacked a sound legal basis - as determined by the administration itself."


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