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Disappearing Documents from the White House Website

As the Busy Legacy circles the drain, so does his history.  This, from the University of Illinois Independent Student newspaper.

Scott Althaus, professor of political science and communication, and Kalev Leetaru, coordinator of research in the Cline Center for Democracy, recently found that the U.S. White House Web site has modified, and in some cases, deleted key documents in the public record.

When the U.S. invaded Iraq, the U.S. government released a statement on the White House Web site listing the nations involved in the “Coalition of the Willing.” However, over a period of several years, different versions of the three releases all appear to be originals. In the case of two releases from the U.S. government Web site, the original document is completely missing from the site.

“I think that it raises the question of whether or not we can trust the government to maintain public records of things that were said or done that later prove embarrassing,” Althaus said.

Does the current administration really think they can get away with this considering the near permanence of our footprints on the Internet?

Found via AmericaBlog: The White House Web site meets the memory hole.

Crossposted @ Get-The-Skinny

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