Censoring Censorship

proving a point by demonstrating what not to do
Two related articles... both times the gov't censored documents about censorship.

Justice Dept censors documents on censoring

2004-08-27
The following is from this article.
In theory, the Justice Dept should use their powers of censorship only to remove material that truly could jeopardize US operations. But in reality, what did they do? They blacked out a quotation from a Supreme Court decision:
"The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect 'domestic security.' Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent."
The mind reels at such a blatant abuse of power (and at the sheer chutzpah of using national security as an excuse to censor a quotation about using national security as an excuse to stifle dissent).

Pentagon censorts "Right to Know" video

2004-09-01
The Defense Department spent $70,500 to produce a Humphrey Bogart-themed video called "The People's Right to Know" to teach employees to respond to citizen requests for information. But when it came to showing the tape to the public, the Pentagon (news - web sites) censored some of the footage.

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