The risk of a terrorist attack was wrongly used by the Scottish Executive as an excuse to keep information about radioactive contamination of drinking water secret.
The story continues:
The Scottish information commissioner, Kevin Dunion, has found the Executive guilty of breaching freedom of information legislation by failing to provide documents from a file entitled "Release of radionuclides in drinking water systems."
TheSundayHeraldoriginally requested the documents in December 2005, and appealed to Dunion after they werewithheldbytheExecutive.The verdict of his investigation, received on Friday,isadamningindictmentof the official secrecy that persists in the Scottish civil service.
This, dear readers, is why access is soooooooooo important.