Canada’s Department of Defence has invoked a new wave of secrecy in the last 18 months to censor details of their own financial bungling and what some critics are calling questionable uses of military resources. They have been able to do so because of new national security provisions that have been added to federal Access to Information Act since 9/11.
The department also tried to hide records detailing how it is keeping tabs on a security analyst who is an outspoken critic of Canada’s role in Afghanistan.
In an examination of 23 access requests over the last 18 months, CanWest News Service found 87 pieces of information, now censored, which had been previously released to the public or are still on government and Defence Department websites.
Full article by David Pugliese, CanWest News Service, September 30, 2006