- Since America is waging war with the international
the USA started struggling with the "informational leakage."
The "battle field" is rather wide, it included libraries,
sites, press-releases. The citizens of the former Soviet Union are familiar
with this situation. The Americans used to have a saying during the World
War II--about "the words that can sink ships." We are living
in the new millennium, but the calls for circumspection are still actual.
The Americans understand that watchfulness is a sister of security, that
is why they are trying to understand the censorship, which had to get into
the picture. As the Christian Science Monitor wrote, the public libraries
were offered to remove certain books from the shelves, available to
could get some information they need from them. Something like was applied
towards the world wide web. The Pentagon called upon its military chiefs
to be more attentive towards the information, they published in their
even with the information, which seems to be totally harmless. The Federal
act about the freedom of the information has been cut. There are appeals
to censor the messages from those organizations, dealing with the
protection: the potential terrorists might use the information about
substances and their influence on human organisms.
- President Bush has to say it more often now--America
is "an open society" so far. But at the same time, like the
says, "we are at war," which means that "the foreign
and their agents will never be allowed to use our freedom against us."
So, if you do not want terrorists to use the American freedom, you should
cut this freedom in the first place. America is acting in the way any other
country would do, if it were in its shoes. While some people are protesting
censorship in the USA, others think it is their duty to deprive terrorists
of the access to a huge number of materials, which have been taken off
the security list. The Federation of the American scientists was scolding
the government all the time for keeping a lot of the things secret. The
Federation itself has recently removed 200 pages from its site - the pages,
which were devoted to the intelligence and nuclear weapons. Other
call upon the ministry for energy to withdraw the "secret" data
from the Internet not to make them accessible to terrorists.
- Any kind of information, concerning the "work"
with detained terrorists can become secret too. The censors think the
saying who was detained, when, the citizenship of the detained terrorists
must not be exposed.
- Those, who stand for the American freedom are very
"Limiting our right for the information, the government avoids its
duty to warn the society about the coming danger." It is ironic, but
America has to become "closed" at the moment, when another trend
is gathering pace. In 1995 President Clinton ordered to declassify millions
of documents. Well, what is going to be now? Are they all going to be put
on the secret list again?
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