The Reimer Digital Library is Back

The U.S. Army today restored public access to the Reimer Digital Library, as it had promised to do in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Federation of American Scientists.

At first glance, the site appears to be complete. Or at least as complete as it was before it was closed to the public last month. But there are some anomalies.

Among the items listed under “New Documents” is Field Manual Interim (FMI) 3-04.155, “Army Unmanned Aircraft System Operations.” Oddly, the link to this document is marked as Restricted, and it cannot be downloaded from the Reimer site. However, Secrecy News obtained a copy independently, and it is posted here (9 MB PDF file). The document is clearly marked “approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.”

Seemingly arbitrary restrictions on public access to online records continue to appear, and we try to swat them down when we can.

Yesterday, the Federation of American Scientists filed a Freedom of Information Act request (pdf) asking the U.S. Marine Corps to release all of the unclassified contents of its online doctrine library. That site, which had previously been available to the public, no longer is.

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  1. Carl Osgood March 6, 2008 at 4:11 PM #

    Glad you mentioned the Marine Corps. Their doctrine site has been unavailable for quite some time. Now, how about the Navy and the Air Force. Except for a few capstone publications, no Navy warfighting publications (equivalent to the Army field manuals) have ever been available to the public. The Air Force is a little better because they have a larger doctrine library which generally has always been available, but I wonder how much material they have that is releasable but never has been released.