The Press: Barring the Door

Worried over possible security leaks, President Truman recently asked a group of editors for advice. Should news from the Government's civilian agencies be checked for security, just like news from the State and Defense departments? No, said the editors, any such censorship of civilian agencies would shut off "much news to which the public is entitled."

Last week the President went ahead anyway; he ordered civilian agencies to set up a security check on news, which will permit them to "classify" (i.e., withhold) any information they think might have military value. The President left it up to each department head to suppress...

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