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    Pentagon Ordered to Review Its New Practice of Concealing Documents from the Public

    Pentagon Ordered to Review Its New Practice of Concealing Documents from the Public

    In late December, the Pentagon was faced with Congress repealing its requirement that all troops be vaccinated against -19, an issue that had wide public interest.

    The department whipped up a fact sheet and talking points on Dec. 23 so its spokespeople and public affairs officers could answer questions from curious reporters. All of the information in the seven-page document, which was obtained by .com, had been released before or was intended to be made public.

    But the document itself was labeled “CUI/NOT FOR RELEASE.” The label designates “controlled unclassified information,” or info that has not been classified in the traditional way but the Pentagon has decided should be kept from the public based on a 2020 policy. That withholding of a wide array of documents, such as press releases on vaccinations, has drawn scrutiny, with critics arguing that the designation is being used more to prevent embarrassment than protect national security.

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    Now, the Pentagon is being forced to review the new practice, and prove it's not abusing its to conceal documents.

    Congress included the order in its $1.7 trillion annual spending bill, which includes 2023 funding for the military. The massive piece of legislation was signed by President Joe Biden last week.

    Tucked into the law is a measure that gives Deputy…

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