What Patrick Leahy and John McCain could not do, wikileaks can. Here’s a story about 2,300 reports paid for by the US taxpayer, but kept unreleased, being freed and made available. Of course, e_f has downloaded the reports and is distributing them using bit-torrent, the protocol that the large corporate ISP’s try to suppress from time to time, giving lie to the fact that there exists a political space created, in part by the bit torrent protocol.:
Change you can download: a billion in secret Congressional reports
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February 8, 2009
Change you can download.
Wikileaks has released nearly a billion dollars worth of quasi-secret reports commissioned by the United States Congress.
The 6,780 reports, current as of this month, comprise over 127,000 pages of material on some of the most contentious issues in the nation, from the U.S. relationship with Israel to the financial collapse. Nearly 2,300 of the reports were updated in the last 12 months, while the oldest report goes back to 1990. The release represents the total output of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) electronically available to Congressional offices. The CRS is Congress’s analytical agency and has a budget in excess of $100M per year.
Open government lawmakers such as Senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont) have fought for years to make the reports public, with bills being introduced–and rejected–almost every year since 1998. The CRS, as a branch of Congress, is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act.