The Press: Abuses of Power

"Abuses of the power in federal agencies to suppress information of value and interest to the nation were never so rampant as now." Thus, the American Civil Liberties Union last week summed up a report on the suppression of Government news by official agencies, usually hiding behind the subterfuge of classified information. Government secrecy is not a partisan issue, the report made clear; the Truman Administration was guilty of the same kind of suppression. But, it added, "invisible government is now worse than at any time in many years."

The report, which was issued as a House subcommittee prepared to open hearings...

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