Sunday, April 13, 2003

Access

Last month Ohio library officials were surprised when officials removed from two libraries public documents that describe local plans for responding to hazardous materials spills and other chemical emergencies. In one instance the officials posed as patrons and told librarians of their intent to remove the documents only after the reference librarian retrieved the materials and handed the material over. At a second library, the officials showed up without prior warning and flashed badges when requesting the materials. In both instances, officials replaced the documents with a one-page letter indicating the documents are available through the county's Homeland Security Office--From OMB Watch.

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