Bush Administration Slowly Reversing the Freedom of Information Act

may 4, 2004  10:15 am
In a cover story for The Boston Phoenix, contributors Harvey A. Silvergate and Carl Takei examine the history of the Bush administration's efforts to classify a wider range of government documents. According to the authors, even before the introduction of the Patriot Act, the administration was working to reduce public access permitted by the Freedom of Information Act while, at the same time, declassifying selected documents from the Clinton administration in an effort to embarrass the former president. Now, they claim, under the umbrella of national security, the rise of governmental secrecy is adversely affecting not only the 4th Estate, but basic First Amendment rights and Civil Liberties.