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Eye Opener: GPO Not at Fault in Leak of Nuclear Info

By Ed O'Keefe

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A new internal watchdog report clears the Government Printing Office of any wrongdoing associated with the publication of a document with sensitive details about hundreds of civilian nuclear sites back in June. The document contained descriptions of sensitive civilian sites, including the locations of facilities that store enriched uranium and other materials used in nuclear weapons.

In a report published Aug. 3 and distributed on Monday to reporters, GPO's inspector general found no wrongdoing committed by GPO employees, since its the government agencies that request publication or production of government documents that are responsible for identifying sensitive or restricted information.

In this case, the House Clerk's office requested the document's publication on May 6 and placed no restrictions on it. It was printed and posted to GPO Access on May 6. It was removed on June 2 when the House Clerk notified GPO of its sensitivity, according to the report.

GPO officials acknowledged the agency should develop a better way to identify and halt production of documents that may be too sensitive for public distribution. The report recommends that GPO and government agencies figure out a way to clearly identify sensitive information, establish written procedures to verify those requests and ensure that GPO employees can properly recognize, handle and protect any sensitive information.

A similar investigation of the actions of Congress, GPO and other government agencies involved in the June incident is expected soon from the Government Accountability Office.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | August 11, 2009; 5:55 AM ET
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Ed, I understand the need to publish or perish... But you really need to talk to people who recognize the absurdities of this dysfunctional government before you parrot its disinformation...

You parrot the mantra that publishing a map of the locations of nuclear plants, et. al. was wrong...
Do you know that prior to 9/11 that information was required to be published on navigation charts from the government so that pilots could identify them from the air and give them a wide berth? Obviously, you do not know that or your article would read much differently...

In fact, pilots are now obligated by new LAWS since 9/11 not to fly near or loiter in the area of nuclear plants, nuclear waste dumps, nuclear research labs, etc... But because these sites are now a state secret they are not published on the air charts... I, as a pilot, am required BY LAW to avoid things that I am not ALLOWED by law, to know exist - they have been removed from my air charts...
BTW, muslim terrorists do know how to go to used book stores and buy maps printed before 2001... The web has cache of old maps, phone directories with these plants address and phone numbers listed, etc. ad nauseum... And boaters on the Great Lakes and the oceans can see these nuclear plants from miles away...

If you really want to make a difference, talk to people who know what is going on before you publish...


dr. o

Posted by: ad4hk2004 | August 11, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Dr. O,
The information that you gave in your comment was quite interesting. I feel there may be a few issues with what you have said. The first being that you are a pilot. Whether it be commercial or personal, the information you are speaking of is something that you absolutely have to know. Despite the fact that it is AGAINST THE LAW for you to know where these locations are, you still mention how easy it is to get your hands on the maps. Let's leave the fact that you think all terrorists are muslim alone...
My second issue is that, had you read past the second paragraph, you may have realized that the article was not about the release of information regarding civilian nuclear sites. The article is really about the release of sensitive information, and making sure that those at the GPO know that what is being published will not be an issue of national security.
So, while I was very interested in your information, I saw no reason for the attack on the publisher of this article due to what you call MISINFORMATION.


Posted by: capsfan55 | August 11, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Well, that publication was a small printing and distribution because I didn't get my copy. So we have nuclear facilities in what I assume to be population crowded areas. Well, that's an idea. Who thought that idea up??? Somebody from the Eugenics Corp.
Well, I suppose it's little better than the Obama Care, He\'s having a fit over becs=ause he's been caught at Eugenics himself. My question is why has the "OverBrains" decided to do this?

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | August 11, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

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