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  •  Because of nondisclosure agreements locked up in (5+ / 0-)

    the Patriot Act.

    The federal government's Homeland Security Act created  new exemptions to the federal and state Freedom of Information laws. The Critical Infrastructure Information Act {CIIA}, part of the Homeland Security Law, states that when a business voluntarily submits, "critical infrastructure information" to the Department of Homeland Security, it is exempt from federal FOIA. Further, if the federal government gives that information to a state, then that information is exempt from state FOIL as well. The law also grants businesses immunity from civil liability for violations of securities law, civil rights law, environmental, labor, and consumer protections, and health and safety laws should violations be revealed in the information they provide the department.
    I just wrote a diary discussing this--

    Our government is legally prohibited from disclosing secrets, even information that shows violations of our laws, should the information be revealed by the companies in question--as per this document and it's requirements.

    So the only trade secrets being circulated would be, by companies and employees, here or overseas, that are not part of the critical infrastructure of the United States.

    Convenient Eh?

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