GOVERNMENT SECRETS 

GOVERNMENT SECRETS

Are you concerned with the safety of your local bridges? Well, don't ask the Transportation Department to show you their safety reports. In an interview with the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, Terry Leatherwood, manager of the department's structure, inventory, and appraisal offfice, said, "Bridge inspecting is a technical area; without the technical expertise to interpret [the reports] things could get taken out of context...and used against the department." Leatherwood continued by saying, "You wouldn't want Information about a bridge to get out after 9/11....groups like al-Qaeda could get it. If they know where to put explosivbes it's a dangerous thing." Like if they put them on a bridge, perhaps? TDOT spokesoman Luanne Grandinetti's respnse was in line with Leatherwood, though her reasoning for keeping bridsge information a secret was not quite so specific. "How much do you know about the terrorism stuff?" she asked. So much for context.

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