Lawmakers Want to Bar Sites From Posting Sensitive Government Docs

Source: Wired
Author: Kim Zetter

Reps. Peter King (R - NY), Charles Dent (R - PA) and Gus Bilirakis (R - FL) have asked the Department of Homeland Security what can be done to bar or criminally penalize whistleblower sites that reposted a sensitive airport-screening manual that was published on the Internet's by a government worker. They also asked about enacting regulations that would bar such publication in the future. The congressmen are outraged that sites like Cryptome and Wikileaks republished the manual after it was posted online by a government contractor working for the Transportation Security Administration. The manual was posted last March on a government procurement site and was discovered Sunday by a blogger.


Open and transparent government?

Perhaps this is not such a bad thing. As with open software, letting these things in the open will disclose flaws, let others provide feedback, and make the system better in the end. Perhaps the phrase, "sunlight is the best disinfectant" applies here. As with bad facts or misleading statements, bad procedures can benefit from sunlight.

geodanny on December 12, 2009 - 8:44pm.



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