NORAD orders Web deletion of transcript, By Declan McCullagh CNET News.com, March 9, 2006.
“The Bush administration has been criticized in the past by open government advocates for its aggressive efforts to avoid the disclosure of information that historically has been public. In 2003, the U.S. Army surreptitiously pulled the plug on one of its more popular Web sites after a report embarrassing to the military appeared on it. In another example, the names of the members of the Defense Science Board–an obscure but influential advisory body that influences military policy and had a budget of $3.6 million a year–have vanished from the group’s public Web site.” Now, “in an unusual follow-up to a public event, the Defense Department has ordered that a transcript of an open hearing on aviation restrictions be yanked from the Web.” Some of the pilots who attended the meeting suggested that nothing sensitive was disclosed and that the transcripts were deleted because one of the pilots who testified, Lt. Cmdr. Tom Bush, criticized the government’s security apparatus.