Reclassifying Documents Nearly 50 Years Old?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in History, The War On Terrorism

In 1999, the government began secretly reclassifying documents that were previously made public by the Clinton administration.

One such document is the 1958 Department of Defense Emergency Plans Book. Washington Wire describes it as “an early Cold War description of response planning for a nuclear attack on the U.S”.

However, you want to know the truly ironic part? You can buy it on Amazon under the title The Doomsday Scenario.

Freedom of information indeed.

Honestly, I wonder what was so interesting that the CIA thought they needed to hide this information? Perhaps a serious flaw in the US’s security that hasn’t yet been patched?

The book costs about $15 with shipping and handling. If anybody is willing to do a book report on this, I will buy it for you. First one who says so in the comments gets the assignment and the book for free.

(h/t: Political Wire)


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7 Responses to “Reclassifying Documents Nearly 50 Years Old?”

  1. Bob Aman Says:

    I’ll bite I suppose. I added it to my wishlist.

    Want me to write up a blog entry on it when I’m done or…?

  2. jim Says:

    I wonder if I could find this at 1/2 price books. I’d be interested to read just for the heck of it. Now that it is classified…my little way of being bad. Or I’m sure I could find it at our local library.

  3. Honey P Says:

    Who comes up with all these bright ideals.
    I can not help but ask myself. Does anyone
    in Washington have a clue what they are doing?
    Commen Sense must vacate the brain
    once someone joins the goverment payroll.

  4. Justin Gardner Says:

    Cool Bob. Read it and once you have the report done, email me at justinpgardner at yahoo dot com and I’ll reimburse you for the book and give you an account.

    I’ll also email you privately about this shortly.

  5. Bob Aman Says:

    They had it used for $8.48 including shipping. Should be an interesting read.

  6. Sczepanak Says:

    Its so sad, here we are hiding under the false pretense that were bringing freedom to the world, all the while becoming more like the the governments we condem. I thought it was 2006, not 1984, soooo sad.

  7. Donklephant » Blog Archive » The Doomsday Scenario: An Apocalyptic Book Report Says:

    [...] Awhile back, Justin asked if anyone wanted to do a book report on the Doomsday Scenario. So here it is. [...]

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