Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Constitution - Top Secret

This is the lead from a story in today’s New York Times:

“In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published by the State Department and others photocopied years ago by private historians.”

Although most experts believe that this activity has been driven primarily by the CIA and other spy agencies, the Times article described the general feeling among historians, that

“it is part of a marked trend toward greater secrecy under the Bush administration, which has increased the pace of classifying documents, slowed declassification and discouraged the release of some material under the Freedom of Information Act.”

In a related story, not reported on by the major media, mounting evidence collected by this writer over the past 5+ years suggests that the White House has ordered the highest level of secrecy regarding a certain document titled the “Constitution of the United States.” It seems that provisions of this document are considered by the Bush administration to be a threat to presidential authority and national security. Despite my numerous inquiries, Bush spokespeople will neither deny nor confirm the existence of any such Constitution. I’ll keep investigating this one.

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