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WORLD
May 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada's foreign minister resigned after leaving classified documents at a private residence, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced. Harper said he accepted the resignation of Maxime Bernier, who came under fire recently amid reports that a former girlfriend had previous relationships with motorcycle gang members. "Mr. Bernier has learned and informed me that he left classified documents in a nonsecure location. This is a serious error," Harper said. Harper said Bernier's controversial relationship was not a factor in the resignation.
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NATIONAL
August 21, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Justice Department is investigating whether detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, charged with roles in the Sept. 11 attacks were improperly given photos of CIA officers or contractors, said a person familiar with the investigation. Investigators are trying to determine if lawyers defending the detainees divulged classified information or compromised covert CIA officers, according to the source, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.
OPINION
February 8, 1987
Assemblyman Leonard seems to have forgotten, or chosen to ignore, the significant contribution of classified employees (non-teaching employees) to California's schools. Without these dedicated individuals teachers and students would both suffer through substandard facilities, unsafe environments, and inadequate instruction. Education cannot function without classified employees. I have worked in education for five years, and the loudest complaint of teachers is the need for more, not fewer, classroom aides.
OPINION
December 20, 1992
Despite your rhetoric, it is clear that The Times has decided that classified employees, most of whom live in the district and send their children to LAUSD schools, are expendable (editorial, Dec. 9). It is clear that The Times believes the district should give the teachers whatever they want, no matter how fiscally irresponsible that may be and no matter how many classified employees have to pay the price. Although The Times writes "All district employees have a valuable role," it clearly believes that the teachers' role is far superior.
OPINION
November 22, 2005
Re "Attack secrets, not leaks," Opinion, Nov. 20 David Greenberg's call for making more classified information public deserves serious consideration. However, Greenberg defends reporters involved in the Plame investigation by stating that reporters who "wander off their beats or defy bureaucratic rules" often provide valuable information to the public and that we should applaud these reporters for "gaining access to classified material." These points would have more credence had administration officials in the Plame case not used reporters in a clumsy attempt to cover their misrepresentations and smear a naysayer.
OPINION
December 31, 2000
The Times has had the Wen Ho Lee story on the front pages and also the editorial pages during the past year. But this new revelation is an eye-opener ("Lee Reveals Connection to Taiwan," Dec. 24). Lee received "consulting fees" that he did not reveal, as required by law. Why not? The most striking sentence is that he "adamantly denies passing any classified information to any foreign government." In the age of Clinton-speak, that could be true. But did he pass classified information to other people or entities who in fact did give this important research to "any foreign government"?
NEWS
May 12, 1998
Of course, Martin Miller's "The Truth About Men and Dawgs" (April 27) was meant to be tongue in cheek. I got a few chuckles out of it, but the double standard still made me nervous. Would you have dared to print a similar piece based on popular stereotypes of women and their behavior? As a feminist, I don't want to see men classified into the same broad, unflattering categories. SUSAN INJEJIKIAN HENRY Glendale
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2006
TIM Rutten's column ["Reporting So Good It's ... Criminal?," April 22] supporting the granting of Pulitzer Prizes to journalists for publishing classified information asks "how responsible journalists should handle classified information when reporting on a government that uses the designation as a matter of political expediency and mere convenience." Is ignoring the classified designation as a matter of journalistic expediency and personal advancement any better? There will always be risks of abuse, but if I must choose between the government and the reporters for the Washington Post to determine what information should be kept secret to protect our nation, I choose the government.
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