U.S. pulls 'sensitive' info off the Web

    Date21 Mar 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    3416
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Government agencies have been ordered to clear their Web sites of sensitive information about weapons of mass destruction that could be exploited by would-be terrorists, according to memos released on Thursday. Critics said that White House Chief of Staff Andrew . . . Government agencies have been ordered to clear their Web sites of sensitive information about weapons of mass destruction that could be exploited by would-be terrorists, according to memos released on Thursday. Critics said that White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card's request for an "immediate re-examination" of all public documents could result in the government withdrawing thousands of papers, records and reports that have been available for years.

    "Government information, regardless of its age, that could reasonably be expected to assist in the development or use of weapons of mass destruction...should not be disclosed inappropriately," Card wrote.

    The heads of all agencies and executive departments "have an obligation to safeguard government records regarding weapons of mass destruction," the memo said. It gave them 90 days to report their findings to Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge.

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