Title

Environmental Information Access as a Security Risk

Date of Award

2-28-2005

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy And Management

Degree Name

Master of Environmental Policy And Management

Department

Environmental Policy And Management

Advisor

Timothy Gablehouse

Keywords

civil; environment; Freedom of information -- United States; homeland security; information access; Information policy -- United States; liberties; National security -- United States; Official secrets-- United States; policy; september 11; terrorism; Terrorism -- United States -- Prevention

Abstract

The United Sates was founded on the principles of freedom. Events in recent history have threatened the freedoms we as individuals enjoy. Notably, changes to government legislation and policies regarding access to environmentally sensitive information following September 11, 2001, are troubling. The government has struggled with a difficult balancing act. The public has the right of access to information, yet, information some view as sensitive or dangerous must be kept out of the hands of terrorists. This project examines and discusses the information access debate within the United States and how to best provide the public environmentally sensitive information.

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