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Secrecy News defends public domain from Army

According to Secrecy News, Army Documents Posted "Illegally," Army Says“A U.S. Army official told the Federation of American Scientists that Army documents on the FAS web site had been published by FAS “illegally” and must be removed.”

Thankfully, Steven Aftergood has stood his ground and pointed out that public Army documents, like other government documents are in the public domain and cannot be copyrighted. Thus, the Army cannot dictate where they can and cannot be hosted.

Government officials and others can review our background on copyright page, itself copied from a government document in the public domain.

Hopefully this was just a misguided low-level official and not the start of yet another high-level effort to assert centralized control of government information.

Thanks to Secrecy News for standing tall. Maybe we should all start posting PUBLIC military documents on our servers and notify the army publications directorate.

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