Unclassified documents restored to Pentagon site

Friday, 17 October 2003, 6:42 PM EST

The Pentagon restored Internet access Thursday to hundreds of unclassified documents that it recently took offline, including directives on myriad topics, from defining policies on conscientious objectors to displaying flags at half-staff.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that TheMemoryHole.org, a Web site that archives documents and news stories that have disappeared from the Internet, posted the directives shortly after the Defense Department removed them earlier this month.

Steven Aftergood, who reported the developments in his Secrecy News newsletter, said before access was restored that the disappearance was the latest example of public documents being taken down from government Web sites after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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