Protecting us from the words of that pesky Supreme Court

August 29th, 2004 – 8:56 pm
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There is now apparently proof that the U.S. government, this time the Justice Department, sometimes chooses to redact portions of documents not to protect “national security,” but because they simply don’t like what those portions say.

In this particular case, what they redacted out was a quote from a Supreme Court decision:

“The danger to political dissent is acute where the Government attempts to act under so vague a concept as the power to protect ‘domestic security.’ Given the difficulty of defining the domestic security interest, the danger of abuse in acting to protect that interest becomes apparent.”

Yes, that’s right, they blacked out a quote about the danger of the government acting against the right to dissent. Don’t you feel safer now, citizen?

[via Boing Boing]

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