Have you heard of the American Freedom of Information Act? The press here would get hold of your Purple Secret, and they'd publish it. Even if they heard a rumor about it they'd investigate. Nothing could block publication. If someone tried to kill the reporter, they'd publicize that, too. They'd get everybody worked up about it calling their congressmen and senators. Soon the President would have to publish an official report about it. In other words, you couldn't keep the secret.
One major reasons that I want to enter the MLIS field is that I want to strengthen availability and access to public records. The recent fed. govt. memo about FOIA is a good start. MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Act A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, "sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants."
This Graphic Explains How to File a Freedom of Information Act Request
Army Claims Records Search ‘Unfeasible to Perform’ even though Army Crime Records Center Conducted Search and Produced Records in Two Weeks in Response to Identical Freedom of Information Act Request by Judicial Watch in March 2012 (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S....
FDIC Circular 1023.1, Procedures for Processing Freedom of Information Act Requests, dated April 19, 2006
FOIA - Freedom of Information Act | City of Lynchburg, Virginia