Revealed: Website names registered, then deleted, by government

At some point in the past few years, government officials created WMD.gov, Girlpower.gov, AfricanBurialGround.gov, Blogs.gov and TakePrideInAmerica.gov.

They also made CouldIHaveLupus.gov, LifeAndLiberty.gov, Gratefulmed.gov. and GlobalWarming.gov.

Then, they got rid of them. 

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Those are among the hundreds of former government websites that have been terminated in the last decade, according to the General Services Administration's response to a Freedom of Information Act request, which was posted on the news site Muckrock on Friday.

While many of the sites — such as 2010Census.gov — were taken offline for obvious reasons, the list of dormant domains provides a rare glimpse back into the government’s history on the Internet. Some of the domains were taken offline when they were clearly no longer relevant, but the reason behind terminating others is less clear.

Girlpower.gov, for instance, was created during the Bush administration “to help encourage and motivate 9- to 13-year-old girls to make the most of their lives,” according to an archived version of the site. It appears to have been taken down a few months after President Obama entered office in 2009.

WMD.gov, meanwhile, was created by the commission tasked by then-President Bush with determining whether U.S. spy agencies were adequately prepared to respond to the possible spread of weapons of mass destruction. 

AfricanBurialGround.gov compiled information about the African Burial Ground National Monument in lower Manhattan, which was erected after the discovery the remains of hundreds of African slaves from the 17th and 18th centuries. 

TakePrideInAmerica.gov encouraged people to volunteer to protect public lands. 

LifeAndLiberty.gov was set up to push for the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which updated a number of surveillance and national security laws.