U.S. orders libraries to destroy key CD-ROM
By Inger Sandal

Arizona Daily Star
14 February, 2002

The U.S. government ordered libraries including the UA's to destroy a CD-ROM on the nation's water supply because of fears of a chemical or biological attack after Sept. 11. The data on the computer disc had been open to the public nearly two years.

About the same time, federal agencies pulled information including nuclear plant sites, pipeline maps and aviation records from their Web sites. Some cited the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as a reason for cutting off access.

"To have government information withdrawn at this rate has not happened before, to my knowledge," said Karen Williams, team leader of the University of Arizona's Digital Library Initiatives and Special Collections.

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