Monday, July 17, 2006

Template for US government data accumulation stories

Daniel Solove has decided to help out journalists reporting on the mulititude of data gathering stories involving the government. He's provided a template for their stories and all the journalists need to do is fill in the blanks.

"Under a top secret program initiated by the Bush Administration after the Sept. 11 attacks, the [name of agency (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.)] have been gathering a vast database of [type of records] involving United States citizens.

"This program is a vital tool in the fight against terrorism," [Bush Administration official] said. "Without it, we would be dangerously unsafe, and the terrorists would have probably killed you and every other American citizen." The Bush Administration stated that the revelation of this program has severely compromised national security..."


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