The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) reports on its blog, Secrecy News, that the Army has rescinded its earlier decision to remove from public access, the contents of the Reimer Digital Library. Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the FAS, was quoted in a Washington Post story , "All of this stuff had been specifically approved for public release," ... "I think it's a case of bureaucracy run amok. And it's a familiar impulse to secrecy that needs to be challenged at every turn."
It appears that the filing of a FOIA ( Freedom of Information Act) request by FAS for the information made inaccessible, prompted the Army to reconsider its decision, and to say that it will restore public access to the library.
The blog posting indicates that putting the contents behind
a firewall not only affected members of the public but also employees of the defense
department who did not have a special account.The Reimer library is not yet accessible and the Army
spokesperson said she did not know when access would be restored. When that does occur, one can
expect the FAS and other public interest groups will be evaluating whether all the previous content is in