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Obama White House: Copyright treaty is a ‘national security’ secret

Posted By admin On March 13, 2009 @ 5:10 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Declan McCullagh
CNET [1]
Friday, March 13, 2009

Last September, the Bush administration defended [2] the unusual secrecy over an anti-counterfeiting treaty being negotiated by the U.S. government, which some liberal groups worry could criminalize some peer-to-peer file sharing that infringes copyrights.

Now President Obama’s White House has tightened the cloak of government secrecy still further, saying in a letter this week that a discussion draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and related materials are “classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958.”

The 1995 Executive Order 12958 [3] allows material to be classified only if disclosure would do “damage to the national security and the original classification authority is able to identify or describe the damage.”

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Jamie Love, director of the nonprofit group Knowledge Ecology International [5], filed the Freedom of Information Act request that resulted in this week’s denial from the White House. The denial letter (PDF) [6] was sent to Love on Tuesday by Carmen Suro-Bredie [7], chief FOIA officer in the White House’s Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Love had written in his original request on January 31–submitted soon after Obama’s inauguration–that the documents “are being widely circulated to corporate lobbyists in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. There is no reason for them to be secret from the American public.”

The White House appears to be continuing the secretive policy of the Bush administration, which wrote to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (PDF) [8] on January 16 that out of 806 pages related to the treaty, all but 10 were “classified in the interest of national security pursuant to Executive Order 12958.”

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[1] CNET : http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10195547-38.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5

[2] defended: http://www.prisonplanet.com/8301-13578_3-10047945-38.html

[3] Executive Order 12958: http://www.fas.org/sgp/clinton/eo12958.html

[4] Image: http://www.efoodsdirect.com/products.html

[5] Knowledge Ecology International: http://www.keionline.org/

[6] denial letter (PDF): http://www.keionline.org/misc-docs/3/ustr_foia_denial.pdf

[7] Carmen Suro-Bredie: http://www.ustr.gov/Who_We_Are/Bios/Carmen_Suro-Bredie.html

[8] wrote to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (PDF): http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/EFF_PK_v_USTR/foia-ustr-acta-response2-doc1_0.pdf

[9] The NSA Turns Everyone Into A ‘Threat To National Security’ By Instantly Classifying All Data It Scoops Up: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-nsa-turns-everyone-into-a-threat-to-national-security-by-instantly-classifying-all-data-it-scoops-up.html

[10] CIA’s Global Warming Center A National Security Secret: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cia%e2%80%99s-global-warming-center-a-national-security-secret.html

[11] Why is National Security Being Invoked to Keep Basic Financial Information Secret?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/why-is-national-security-being-invoked-to-keep-basic-financial-information-secret.html

[12] H.R. 675: Building Obama’s Civilian National Security Force: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hr-675-building-obama%e2%80%99s-civilian-national-security-force.html

[13] Obama Placed Embargo on Press Over Secret Cyber Security Executive Order: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-placed-embargo-on-media-over-secret-cyber-security-executive-order.html

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