A US appellate court decision this week could allow federal agencies to withhold public safety information related to crucial infrastructure concerns or environmental disasters because of potential nefarious use by “terrorists or criminals.”
A US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel ruled this week that such information can be concealed from the public by US government entities for “law enforcement purposes” because “terrorists or criminals could use that information to determine whether attacking a dam would be worthwhile.”
Dinerstein pointed to recent spills in West Virginia and the Gulf of Mexico as examples where nearby residents would be left in the dark regarding actions to take in an emergency, all for the sake of shielding such information from those who might exploit it for nefarious purposes.
“Basic emergency planning should not be treated as a state secret,” said Dinerstein. “By the court’s incredibly deferential standards, virtually every federal agency could withhold maps, assessments and even phonebooks if an official can imagine a potential nefarious use for them. A vigilant public will lose access to much of the information needed to protect itself and to agitate for changes that prevent these man-made disasters from occurring.”
I feel that classifying things like dam inundation maps is in no one's interest. The public has the right to know if they are at risk of a dam break and someone who wanted to do harm could figure out what the flooded area would be by scouting the area and looking at satellite pictures. It does not make us any safer.
The real alarming part to me is this ruling can be used to keep the public in the dark in the event of the next chemical spill or radiation leak, that is unacceptable. While the intent of the ruling maybe to keep the public safer from terrorist and criminals, I do not think it does either. It gives corporations a precedent when they cause an environmental disaster to keep that hidden from the public. No common citizen benefits from that.
Also it is interesting that the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act bill also recently passed in the house:
House Republicans Just Quietly Passed A Bill Gutting Hazardous Waste Legislation
If I didn't see so many of these ridiculous rulings and other lunatic stunts by officials, I would say it just isn't possible that this many people in official roles can be this stupid and incompetent. This stuff goes beyond mass delusion, but who knows.. It's like all of them were secretly taken and mentally reprogrammed to be morons, but favoring the police state persona.
This is a nationwide pandemic of mental incompetence. Euthanasia is the humane thing to do with these people.