Wednesday, November 01, 2006

State Department screened speakers for possible dissent

Bush-Cheney 1984: From the Big Surprise Department.

"WASHINGTON - An internal State Department review has found that U.S. officials screened the public statements and writings of private citizens for criticism of the Bush administration before deciding whether to select them for foreign speaking projects.

The screenings amounted to 'virtual censorship' in the State Department's selection of speakers, said a report by the department's Inspector General's Office. McClatchy Newspapers obtained a copy of the 22-page report, which was completed in September."

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