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The Department of Homeland Security has seized control over a joint BP oil spill website, previously managed by several US Government agencies and BP and intended to inform the public about the progress made in the cleanup effort.
The joint website was managed by US agencies, including the US Coast Guard, and BP to provide daily information about the oil spill and efforts made by both in conjunction with independent contractors to proceed with the cleanup effort.
Effective immediately, the Department of Homeland Security will now control all content and distribution of information to the American and international public.
Originally posted by SheeplFlavoredAgain
So now they have put themselves in the business of disseminating information that once was handled quite well by a free press?
All information is retained for the sole use of the site owner and will not be distributed or sold.
This web site and the information it contains is provided as a public service by the U.S. Coast Guard.
We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. Sometimes we forward your e-mail to other government employees who may be better able to help you. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, we do not share our e-mail with any other outside organizations.
Considering the Coast Guard owns the site, information on the site "will not be distributed," and that the Coast Guard stated "we do not share our email" with anyone outside government except for law enforcement, BP has no right to be in possession of an email list from this website
Originally posted by Ian McLean
The spokesman, Sean Smith, said the government wants to be as transparent as possible and increase Americans' access to information.
See? No need to worry; they just want to help keep the public informed.
A frequent critic of the administration's response to the oil spill, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was skeptical the change would amount to much.
"Given that the government taking over the cleanup hasn't exactly fixed things, it's hard to imagine the government taking over a website making things much better either," Issa, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in a statement e-mailed to the AP.