CIA Investigating Politically Motivated Censorship

The CIA is investigating whether an internal process to screen books by former employees for national security secrets is being misused to silence critics of the agency, say U.S. officials. Investigators are examining whether the agencies screening processes were used to impose politically motivated reductions on books while others, such as Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.’s “Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives,” which defends harsh interrogation methods, were published with little or no redactions. Officials familiar with the inquiry told The Washington Post that there is growing concern in the intelligence community that the review process is biased toward agency loyalists. In a related story, A report by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation earlier this week found that government overclassification remains pervasive.