September 2, 2004

What's behind the black?

The Memory Hole gives us a rare peek behind the black areas you often see in government documents that have redacted text.

Justice Department Censors Supreme Court Quote

Redacted text is, as I understand it, for information so sensitive to national security that it would jeopardize operations to have such text released. So, what was the dangerous text the justice department redacted in this case? What did the Supreme Court record that needed to be censored?

“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.”

Excuse me. I need some Victory Gin.

(Got the heads up on this from Eric’s .sig line on EA)

Posted by James at September 2, 2004 12:06 PM
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