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When the government seeks to protect its own interests, its mosaic theory reasoning “has no logical limit,” as Susan N. Herman, former head of the ACLU, wrote in 2011. Every whole is made up of pieces, therefore every piece can potentially be denied to the public. “Because there is no way for anyone to disprove the possible significance of any piece of information, taking this observation as a defense to any disclosure of any information gives the executive branch a blank check to withhold all information,” she continues.

Read the full op-ed, by Jack Shafer for Reuters, here

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