Opaque Nation Continued

In this week’s edition of “Opaque Nation” (see last week’s here), we have two new examples of the Bush administration’s on-going war against transparent government.

First, Kevin Drum (here and here) is all over the redactions made to the opinion issued by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the lawsuit brought against the federal government by Abdallah Higazy. Apparently, the FBI used “coercion” to extract a false confession from Higazy as to being a conspirator in the 9/11 attacks.

The redacted contained a description of how the confession was coerced from Higazy. Given all the proclamations of how FISA, torture, etc. are only being used against “terrorists,” it seems important that we as a society know exactly what we, in fact, have done to the innocents like Higazy, al Maseri, Mahar Arrar, Brandon Mayfield, etc.

Second, from CNN, we get this story:

Anxious to avoid upsetting air travelers, NASA is withholding results from an unprecedented national survey of pilots that found safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than the government previously recognized.

This is a good reminder that, for the Bushies, secrecy isn’t just for covering police state abuses, but is extended to protecting their corporate allies from bad press.

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