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Censorship Government Politics

During Sunshine Week, MuckRock Looks At Some of the All-Time Greatest Redactions (muckrock.com) 42

v3rgEz writes: It's currently Sunshine Week, a chance to celebrate government transparency, or, this year, the lack thereof, as it came out that the Obama administration secretly undermined Congressional FOIA reform despite pledges to be the "most transparent administration in history." Transparency site MuckRock has compiled a list of the all-time most egregious redactions to honor the administration's hard work.
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During Sunshine Week, MuckRock Looks At Some of the All-Time Greatest Redactions

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  • by ITRambo ( 1467509 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2016 @08:01AM (#51706969)
    The federal government has always been far from transparent. These redactions are just an example of how much the situation has worsened. Knowledge is power. They don't want the people to have any of it.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Knowledge is power. They don't want the people to have any of it.

      In all fairness, most people don't want to do the work and thinking required to gain the knowledge with which to hold their share of the power.

      Power (or the illusion of it) they do want; but not if it requires anything more than a Tweet, a Facebook post, or (in my case) an AC rant on Slashdot.

      More power to those few journalists remaining who are willing to do this work for the good of us all. They're the real MVP's.

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2016 @08:15AM (#51707029)
    To pile on, it's worth mentioning that Obama also started a war on whistleblowers.

    "On his watch, there have been eight prosecutions under the 1917 Espionage Act – more than double those under all previous presidents combined."
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/16/whistleblowers-double-standard-obama-david-petraeus-chelsea-manning
  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2016 @08:20AM (#51707051)

    "It's currently Sunshine Week"

    Well here its currently cloudy and later on today theres a good chance of rain, with it turning to a mixture of snow and rain tomorrow morning In the northeast of the state theyre expecting multi inch accumulations.

    It is March after all, and spring doesn't officially start til sunday/

    So who picks these weeks anyway.

  • Please be advise

    Regards

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2016 @08:40AM (#51707189) Homepage
    For those who still believe the US governments position of freedom and liberty is the sacrosanct advocacy of the altruistic definition of these concepts, Its worth advocating a book by Noam Chomsky called "Manufactured Consent." Our upcoming elections, for example, are while often considered "free" in actuality quite encumbered. A complex system of gerrymandering, voter ID and registration laws, as well as delegate and superdelegate system operate in concert with the electoral college to ensure party endorsed --not popular-- candidated get elected to office. This promotes doctrinal stability adherent to the US definition of "democracy" at the expense of governing by the will of a majority of americans.

    Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden are all immediate examples of Americas stern opposition to the kinds of transparency that more than a dozen other countries in the world --all democratic-- advocate. the Iranian revolution, and subsequent contra scandal as well as the election in iraq during the most recent war are prime examples of the fact that we champion democracy only if and when the elected leader is our preferred candidate.

    The facts remain: The US still maintains a secret torture prison on an island. we have used kidnapping in our wars. we have an entire secret court system to try -- in absentia -- american citizens and sentence them to death by drone strike. We have a drone warfare program that is not up for any public discussion and this fact is tacitly endorsed by all major forms of US media. our law operates with impunity in nearly every soverign nation, so powerful as to force sweden to ground the flight of a diplomat without any discussion by american news or accountability by any politician. We have an entire criminal justice system that by a nearly 3:1 margin incarcerates one race above all others, with no accountable reason for doing so. we have engaged in proxy warfare through state-sponsored terrorism in the Ukrane, Syria, south america, and the middle east all under the transparent doctrine of freedom and democracy.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yes, much recommended. Here's a link for the lazy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

    • by Anonymous Coward

      our law operates with impunity in nearly every soverign nation, so powerful as to force sweden to ground the flight of a diplomat without any discussion by american news or accountability by any politician.

      That wasn't just a diplomat, that was the freaking president of a Country!

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo_Morales_grounding_incident

      I'd love to see the repercussions from a forced landing of AF1...

    • by KGIII ( 973947 )

      Your username is apropos, considering the comment and the PDF located at your link. I was greatly amused and it's about what I was expecting. I've seen another, no idea what it actually was about but I actually think the requesting party believed it might have been about aliens (I kid you not), and it was almost entirely blacked out. Needless to say, the redacted document did, as I recollect, made the interested parties all the more certain of the conspiracy to hide alien/government contact, information, kn

  • by Thanshin ( 1188877 ) on Wednesday March 16, 2016 @10:29AM (#51707965)

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