*Thursday, November 2, 2006*
*The Kansas City Star*
*By Jonathan S. Landay*
WASHINGTON - An internal State Department review has found that U.S.
officials screened the public statements and writings of private
citizens for criticism of the Bush administration before deciding
whether to send them on foreign speaking assignments.
The screenings amounted to "virtual censorship" in the State
Department's selection of speakers, said a report by the department's
Inspector General's Office. McClatchy Newspapers obtained a copy of the
22-page report, which was completed in September.
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