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Report Shows Government Secrecy Continues to Increase

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A new report from OpenTheGovernment.org says that federal government secrecy is expanding at an unprecedented rate. The report offers a series of data points highlighting the growth of secrecy, noting that classification costs have doubled since 1997 and that the ratio of dollars spent on classification vs. declassification of information is 185 to 1. “The current administration has increasingly refused to be held accountable to the public,” said Patrice McDermott, the coalition’s director. (9/4/07)