That makes sense.
It should not take a court ruling to make that kind of information classified, the same goes for contingency plans often that high-lite
vulnerabilities and worst case scenarios. Like you said, a 'blue print' for an attack.
From what I gathered the court case resulted from the report not being released. Then judge himself in the end agreed with the decision. While
people may not agree with it, we can only speculate since we don't know what the report contains.
Assuming worst case scenario when its not is no more helpful than by withholding info from the public.
where is the balance between the publics right to know and the governments requirement of protecting the people?
However common sense things, like be at risk for a chemical leak or spill because of a plant, being in the evacuation zone in the event of a nuclear
meltdown, or in flood inundation area is pertinent information for the citizen to know. I think some of that information is even required for
All of which is made available to the public.
my question / example on this -
A city has established areas that act as shelters for the public ranging from weather all the way up to nuclear incidents. Should the public know
those shelters exist, what they protect from, where they are located and how to safely get to one?
absolutely in my opinion.
with that said, is it paramount for the public to know that if the shelters are activated that law enforcement will be responsible for safeguarding
medicines / supplies coming into the area and where those supply points are located? Is it paramount for the public to know how many officers will be
assigned to escort shipments and what route those convoys will take? Is it paramount for the public to know where makeshift morgues are going to be
How about the location of emergency communications equipment?
What about internal planning for emergency services as to how many officers are deployed, what their schedule is, where they are stationed etc?
The tornado in Joplin Missouri demonstrated a plan that worked, restricting information until such a time that info could be released in proper
As an example 2 of the 3 911 comm centers took massive damage, the radio network was destroyed, cell towers / coverage interrupted.
Since it was a natural disaster things returned to somewhat normalcy a few days later, when the plans were in place and functioning.
My concern is not natural disasters. My concern is providing a blue print to people who don't mind attacking civilian areas and civilian
infrastructure. We work hand in hand with state agencies on developing plans, and most of that info can be accessed by the public through their
respective SEMA / EMA entities for their specific areas.
Is there a reason a citizen located in Newton county MO (west side of state) needs to know what Cape Girardeau MO (east side of state) plans are in
That's what im talking about / referring to - specifics.