Many law librarians rely on Steven Aftergood’s Secrecy News for the latest documents on secrecy, intelligence and national security policy. AALL in fact honored Aftergood in 2006 by presenting him with our Public Access to Government Information Award for his valiant efforts to reduce the scope of governmental secrecy. So it is with great concern that we read Aftergood’s announcement that Secrecy News was removed from the distribution list for the U.S. State Department history publication “Foreign Relations of the United States” following Aftergood’s report on errors in several FRUS volumes on March 24 and 26, 2008.
Though this move will not prevent Aftergood from accessing the public FRUS volumes on the State Department’s web site (see his remarks in the Comments section of his blog post), we are very dismayed with the agency’s swift reaction to deny him access to the email list and hope that the State Department’s Historian’s Office will reconsider its action.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]