No Excuse for Denial
Monday, July 5, 2004; Page A16
The Justice Department is reported to have denied a request made under the Freedom of Information Act for a copy of its database of foreign lobbyists because making such a copy might crash the system and destroy data [news story, June 30].
If that's true, one might ask Thomas J. McIntyre, the official quoted, how the department backs up the database, which is nothing more or less than creating a copy.
Only two responses are possible: Either the department backs up the database with no ill effects, in which case the original claim is specious, or the department doesn't back it up, in which case the entire information technology department ought to be fired for incompetence.
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