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Unions Protest DHS Secrecy Pledge

Leaders of two government unions called on Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to stop requiring all 180,000 department workers to sign nondisclosure agreements that prohibit them from sharing sensitive but unclassified information with the public. Citing “unprecedented restrictions and conditions on the free speech rights” of federal employees, Colleen M. Kelley, national president of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), and John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), warned that they would contest the constitutionality of the secrecy pledges unless Ridge rescinds a May 11 directive ordering their use.Full Story

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