Tuesday, September 11, 2007
The U.S. Coast Guard, now a part of the Department of Homeland Security, has decided it will no longer release the names of people it has rescued except during an active operation, the Navy Times reports. Loren Cochran, an attorney for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, says the decision limits the public's ability to determine if the Coast Guard is performing its duties. “Did the Coast Guard get there quickly? Was it able to rescue everyone in a safe manner? With no witnesses available, if you follow the Coast Guard’s model, you’ll just have to take their word for it,” Cochran says.
Posted by San Francisco Peninsula Press Club at 7:03 AM