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Who needs to know? : the state of public access to federal government information

Author: Patrice McDermott
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Bernan Press, ©2007.
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Despite intense media scrutiny, only a small percentage of the American government's most essential information reaches the average person. This withholding of information is dangerous in a democratic society, where openness is a cherished value. Here are some samples of the topics included in Who Needs to Know?: The history, use, and abuse of national security classification; The state of the Freedom of Information  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McDermott, Patrice.
Who needs to know?.
Lanham, Md. : Bernan Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)180931559
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patrice McDermott
ISBN: 9781598883084 1598883089
OCLC Number: 310969160
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 292 pages)
Contents: There ought to be a law : the need for findable and usable information --
Tracking the wild government : the Federal Records Act and government publications --
Government-wide information policy --
The regulatory system for accountability : the Freedom of Information Act --
The Critical Infrastructure Information Act : the story of a FOIA exemption --
Access restricted : the black hole of "sensitive but unclassified" information --
Classified information : reclassified, overclassified, and misused --
The executive's power over information access --
Manipulating information : the dangerous capacities of the executive branch --
Political science --
A republic : how to keep it.
Responsibility: Patrice McDermott.

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Despite intense media scrutiny, only a small percentage of the American government's most essential information reaches the average person. This withholding of information is dangerous in a democratic society, where openness is a cherished value. Here are some samples of the topics included in Who Needs to Know?: The history, use, and abuse of national security classification; The state of the Freedom of Information Act in the Bush Administration; Examination of the concept of sensitive but unclassified and the proliferation of such markings to shut off access to information; The administratio.

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