AMERICAN NOTES: Something to Hide

Like the Pentagon papers, the underground nuclear explosion at Amchitka Island raised a question about secrecy in Government. Even before Richard Nixon decided to proceed with the test, citizen opponents went to court, demanding that scientific papers relating to the decision be made public. The Administration refused, claiming that they were internal documents protected by the doctrine of executive privilege. Finally, a U.S. District Court judge ordered some of the papers released; they revealed, among other things, that the President's chief environmental adviser had warned against the test.

In another case, Ralph Nader has filed suit demanding that the President release...

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