In keeping with the theme in today's Reading Recommendations, here's another one not to miss:
In The Kinsman Saga, one of Ben Bova's better books, the setting is a dystopian near future. Among other bleak prognostications, the U.S. government has classified the unemployment rate. Sounded crazy when I read it a couple of decades ago. Now, I'm not so sure.
TPM Muckraker has been maintaining a list of unreleased reports, deletions from government web sites, and gratuitous classifications. The list's entries share the characteristic that none contains data whose publication would threatens national security.
What other reason could there possibly be for the suppression, then?