Fairly quiet lately but one in particular is incredible.
St.Paul Pioneer Press 4/25, p. 1A. Story, headlined “U archives unvarnished look at war detainees”, describes an archive of government documents that are on a U web site that is describing some terrible things that have happened to some of the Guantanamo detainees and their families. The story also contains the following comment on what some federal flacks think of freedom of information.
” A Defense Department spokeswoman acknowledged the U documents were originals sent to the ACLU, but she declined further comment.
‘Further dissemination of this material isn’t in the spirit of the FOIA program,’
spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said.”
St.Paul Pioneer Press 4/25, p. 4A. Story, headlined “Stories of war ‘war heroics’ criticized”, illustrates why actual records of government are needed to check against official lies.
St.Paul Pioneer Press 4/25, p. 4A. Story, headlined “America marks 500 years on map”, is about the 500th anniversary of the creation of the first map that used the term America to describe this hemisphere and illustrates why government archives and the money for them are so important.
St.Paul Pioneer Press 4/26 10B, Editorial, headlined “Strong enough to face the facts about threats”, commends the U for putting up the document archive.
St.Paul Pioneer Press 4/26 1B. Story, headlined “Sheriff forms ‘rat squad’ to home in on bad guys”, describes a Washington County web site of the County’s most wanted criminals.