Monday, May 22, 2006

What was that about open government ?


The Department of Defense budget request for 2007 includes about
$30.1 billion in classified or "black" spending, according to a new
analysis by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

"In real (inflation-adjusted) terms the $30.1 billion FY 2007
request includes more classified acquisition funding than any other
defense budget since FY 1988, near the end of the Cold War, when
DoD received $19.7 billion ($29.4 billion in FY 2007 dollars) for
these programs,
" wrote author Steven Kosiak.

A copy of "Classified Funding in the FY 2007 Budget Request" is
available from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

The study was reported in "Classified military spending reaches
highest level since Cold War
" by Drew Brown, Knight-Ridder
Newspapers, May 19:


Pressure to adopt "sensitive but unclassified" control markings on
information that does not qualify for classification is growing,
along with opposition to such controls, among some academic
researchers who study terrorism-related topics.

See "Scientific Openness: Should Academics Self-Censor Their
Findings on Terrorism?"
by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Science, May 19:

"The secrecy that has become such a hallmark of the Bush
administration did not begin with Sept. 11, as the White House
often suggests. It began in the earliest days of January 2001, as
the administration was taking shape,
" according to a National
Public Radio account.

See "From the Start, Bush White House Kept Secrets" by Don Gonyea,
NPR Weekend Edition, May 21:


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