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Study: Federal Web sites protect critical information

Federal government Web sites do not provide significant information that could aid terrorists who are seeking potential targets in the United States, according to a study released last week by RAND, a nonprofit research organization based in Santa Monica, Calif. The study noted that in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, federal officials have attempted to restrict the availability of sensitive information. “Of particular concern to U.S. officials are federal sources of geospatial information … useful for identifying various geographical features of U.S. locations and facilities, as well as characterizing their important attributes,” the report stated. “Although federal agencies produce and publicly disseminate such information for a wide range of beneficial purposes, the risk also exists that some types of geospatial information could be exploited by terrorists.” Full Story

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