U.S. gov't ambivalence on secrecy
Today's issue of Secrecy News also has this rather amusing note:
FIRSTGOV FEATURES SECRECY NEWS
"Whatever you want or need from the U.S. government, it's here on
FirstGov.gov, which is "the U.S. government's official web portal,"
purports to offer the most comprehensive search engine and index of
U.S. government publications.
Remarkably, its definition of U.S. government information includes
the Secrecy News archive, as well as much of the Federation of
American Scientists web site.
Secrecy News is not, um, a U.S. government publication. So how does
it come to be indexed in FirstGov.gov? A site policy statement
"In rare instances, FirstGov.gov links to websites that are not
government-owned or government-sponsored if these websites provide
government information and/or services in a way that is not
available on an official government website."
Which is precisely the point.
Justice (Civil Liberties, so-called Intellectual Property, Privacy & Secrecy); Politics & Government (International, National, State, Local); Humor (Irony & the Funny or Unusual); Science & Technology (Astronomy, Computers, the Internet, e-Voting, Crypto, Physics & Space); Communication (Books, Film, Media, Music & the English Language); Economics (Corporatism & Consumerism); and Items of Purely Personal Note (including Genealogy, Photography, Religion & Spirituality).