The Bush administration is involved in a crackdown on government websites that don't fit with the president's view of the world.
The US Department of Education is overhauling the sites but, according to a report in Education Week, the department's decision to scrap some information based on whether it fits with Bush administration initiatives could set a dangerous precedent.
Gary Ruskin, director of the Congressional Accountability Project, insisted that governments should not view their websites as "propaganda vehicles", and should preserve the historical record.
The group is pushing Congress to make more data available electronically.
The row started with a directive issued on 31 May which stated that information would be deemed outdated if it "does not reflect the priorities, philosophies or goals of the present administration".
According to the directive, everything on a government site dated before February 2001, just after President Bush took office, will be removed unless it is needed for legal reasons or supports the president's key education measures.
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