Attorneys Jerry Lawson and Denise Howell are monitoring the Department of Justice's efforts to control what their employees say in weblogs. Stephanie Tai - the subject of this controversy - will continue blogging, but in a much subdued fashion, for example:
"Gone! will be most editorializing on the state of the environment, or, at least, of the federal government's role in its condition."
"Gone! will my reviews of Supreme Court cases in which the government participated, because who knows if someone will construe that as the official U.S. take on a case, rather than the private non-viewpoint-attributable-to-the-united-states blog of a young government environmental lawyer."
Too bad, but the Department of Justice is not alone in its desire for control. Lawson makes the case for both caution and openess in his thoughtful essay. He also mentions a few more government bloggers, including Gary O'Conner of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Randy Tunac of the Department of Homeland Security.