Nation: Bureaucracy's Great Paper Chase

Freedom has become license under the Information Act

The hottest growth industry in Washington these days is generated by the Freedom of Information Act. It soaks up millions of dollars, employs hundreds of civil servants, and is driving many of them to utter distraction. The law has brought out of "secret" drawers many illuminating facts about the Government and its manipulations, but it has also in vited misuse, abuse, overuse and a lot of silliness in the name of the public's right to know.

The 30-ft. stack of documents released last week by the FBI...

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