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War on terror spurs secrecy, experts say

Federal officials are using the war on terrorism and national security concerns to justify closing public records and proceedings, information policy experts say. From secret immigration hearings for suspected terrorists to the Bush administration’s narrow interpretation of the Freedom of Information Act, government is becoming less transparent, advocates for openness argue. The public “can’t be assured the government is operating properly if we can’t see what it’s doing,” Sandra Baron, executive director of the Media Law Resource Center, said in an interview. Baron and other experts in government information policy said they have seen a trend toward secrecy in the Bush administration. Full Story

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