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Censorship and fear

Wow. I first heard about this on Air America, but it's atrocious.

Yes, she broke the "rules". But she wasn't even a journalist, and it's not clear that such policies are realistic. But, then, I have a real beef with the way information rights (like the semi-implicit one that "if I see something, I can show others that, unless I had already promised not to") are bleeding away these days. How long until I get a notice from Coke for having a funny picture with a Mt. Dew in it on my website (link not included, and it's not even easy to find...)

Give me a break. Not another free-speech zone.

Comments

But.... Mt. Dew is a Pepsi product... :)

Really, though, while I definitely appreciate the concerns here, I thought this was a pretty clear case of exactly what you said:

"if I see something, I can show others that, unless I had already promised not to"

... I would assume that "everything in the plane is confidential" would have been a standard policy for cargo loaders?

So, yeah, I figured someone would call me on the Mt. Dew thing. I was going to check that, but, frankly, I don't drink Coke, Pepsi, nor Mt. Dew very much any more... part of why the picture is so funny.

There's really an ideological problem here, though. It's a little like the Freedom of Information Act - yeah, they're "internal government documents", but is it right to give the populace no access to them? This seems much like what Bush is doing regarding casualties of war... he's playing the "out of sight, out of mind" game, and enforcing it with regulations which are not really just. Yeah, if this was private cargo for a private company... but these are pictures of our fallen. The FOIA doesn't give me free access to, say, IBM's internal documents - but it does help me get access to government process documentation that I might have a reason to see...