Thursday, May 23, 2013

Connecticut legislatures drafting a bill in secret that would limit public access to Sandy Hook records.

“The staffs of the state's top prosecutor and the governor's office have been working in secret with General Assembly leaders on legislation to withhold records related to the police investigation into the Dec. 14 Newtown elementary school massacre — including victims' photos, tapes of 911 calls, and possibly more.
The behind-the-scenes legislative effort came to light Tuesday when The Courant obtained a copy of an email by a top assistant to Chief State's Attorney Kevin Kane, Timothy J. Sugrue. Sugrue, an assistant state's attorney, discussed options considered so far, including blocking release of statements ‘made by a minor.’
‘There is complete agreement regarding photos etc., and audio tapes, although the act may allow the disclosure of audio transcripts,’ Sugrue wrote to Kane, two other Kane subordinates and to Danbury State's Attorney Stephen Sedensky, who is directing the investigation of the killings….”
I smell b.s. and suspect that limiting access to the records from the Newtown shooting has nothing to do with looking out for the families and everything to do with never letting a good crisis go to waste.
Moreover, I think that this might be setting a precedent for government officials who are opposed to transparency to now keep Americans in the dark and ignorant to their nefarious deeds.

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