The Official Secrets Act is BackTweet
August 2, 2006
That legislation is identical what many open government groups and journalism organizations fought five years ago, and was called the �Official Secrets Act,� after the U.K.�s repressive criminal secrecy statutes. Leading Republicans objected to the legislation at the time including Representatives Henry Hyde (R-IL) and Bob Barr (R-GA).
Major news organizations also protested, pointing out: �several important stories -- including those involving the Pentagon Papers, the Iran-Contra affair and cases of waste, fraud and abuse in the defense industry -- were the result of classified information disclosed to journalists.�
UPDATE: The National Security Whistleblower Coalition blasts away at Bond's bill. Click here to see the text of the legislation. Via Secrecy News, Bond's home state paper, the Kansas City Star, opposes his bill as well (free but intrusive registration required).
Director of Investigations, POGO
At the time of publication, Beth Daley was the Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.
Authors: Beth Daley