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“Item #2– Threat Posed By Proposed New FOIA Exemption:

According to the

American Library Association (ALA), the Senate has approved

a provision in

the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005

(H.R. 4200)

that would create a new exemption under the Freedom of

Information Act

(FOIA). This exemption would restrict public access to


satellite images and related data, such as maps, reports


analysis. Even if government officials felt that the

public should have

access to the information under FOIA, the provision

prohibits the

disclosure. According to critics, this completely bars the

public from

accessing certain commercial images and would threaten

significant amounts

of unclassified information that journalists, public

interest groups,

scientists, and the public routinely use. This provision

has been

incorporated into the House’s version of the National

Defense Authorization

Act for Fiscal Year 2005 as an amendment which is now being

discussed in

House-Senate Conference. The ALA is urging concerned

individuals to

contact members of Congress and ask that they defer action

on this

amendment until its long-term impact has been adequately

assessed. To take

action, tap into the ALA Legislative Action Center .”

(From National Coalition for History Washington Update mailing)


Written by laura k

September 17, 2004 at 11:36 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Nothing to see, move along.


    September 20, 2004 at 1:43 am

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