Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Brewsters Millions

Brewster's Millions is an old Richard Pryor movie about a man who inherits quite a bit of money that comes with a catch--he has to spend it all and have nothing to show for it so he can get the really big inheritance. It was hard work, but Richard Pryor's character finally managed to pull it off.

It would have been a very short movie if the writers thought to ask President Bush for help as he knows more ways to waste money and resources than you can shake a stick at.

Witness the document reclassification scheme

The program's critics do not question the notion that wrongly declassified material should be withdrawn. Mr. Aid said he had been dismayed to see "scary" documents in open files at the National Archives, including detailed instructions on the use of high explosives.

But the historians say the program is removing material that can do no conceivable harm to national security. They say it is part of a marked trend toward greater secrecy under the Bush administration, which has increased the pace of classifying documents, slowed declassification and discouraged the release of some material under the Freedom of Information Act.

Experts on government secrecy believe the C.I.A. and other spy agencies, not the White House, are the driving force behind the reclassification program.

"I think it's driven by the individual agencies, which have bureaucratic sensitivities to protect," said Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists, editor of the online weekly Secrecy News. "But it was clearly encouraged by the administration's overall embrace of secrecy."

National Archives officials said the program had revoked access to 9,500 documents, more than 8,000 of them since President Bush took office. About 30 reviewers — employees and contractors of the intelligence and defense agencies — are at work each weekday at the archives complex in College Park, Md., the officials said.

Archives officials could not provide a cost for the program but said it was certainly in the millions of dollars, including more than $1 million to build and equip a secure room where the reviewers work.

This is what they cut childhood nutrition and education funds for!

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