Bush’s Iron Curtain

In George W. Bush’s America, information control is a priority, privacy rights are a hindrance, and public access is a liability.

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Official Secrets
By Daniel Franklin
January/February 2003
Is the Bush administration using terrorism fears to shield government — and business — from public view?

Document Not Found
By Joni Praded
January/February 2002
Government agencies scramble to take sensitive information off their web sites.

The Fundamental John Ashcroft
By David Corn
March/April 2002
Until Sept. 11, John Ashcroft seemed content to lie low as the Bush administration’s ambassador to the right. But now the attorney general has been reborn-and rooting out terrorists is just the beginning.

The Furor Over TIPS
By George Sanchez
July 17, 2002
Civil libertarians are up in arms, claiming a new Bush administration program would encourage Americans to spy on their neighbors.

Big Brother and the Bookie
By George Anastasia
January/February 2002
How the feds turned top-secret spy technology against the son of a Mafia don — and made a low-level wiseguy into a poster boy for the Fourth Amendment

Up Close and Personal
By Brendan I. Koerner
January/February 2002
High-tech identification devices could produce reams of data on law-abiding citizens — but may be useless in fighting terrorists.

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