Happy Birthday, Freedom of Information Act! Forty years old today.

Having just watched Syriana, which purports to show how the world really works, I can say I fully endorse the headline of Jimmy Carter’s commentary: We Need Fewer Secrets.

And having rented The Syrian Bride by mistake—it was the only DVD box on the Syriana shelf and I didn’t look at the spine label*—I can recommend that as the more enlightening, more interesting movie with “Syria” in the title.
*At our video store, the DVDs of new releases are in plain cases placed behind the fancy illustrated cases, which stay (always empty) on the browsing shelves.

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