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Prosecution of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz and the Battle for Freedom of Knowledge

"Arnold Burns, former United States deputy attorney general, has said that federal grand juries can be used as a "vicious tool."

They can be used to violate Constitutional rights and basic standards of fairness, while all records are secret forever.

We should unseal records after 10 years so that abuses can come to light." - Elaine Fleeman

Central to the global right to information movement is the belief that information held by government should be publicly available unless government officials can make a good case that legitimate interests – perhaps the public interest in preserving national security or the need to protect citizen privacy – would be harmed by releasing that information.

Even though citizens may assume that transparency is a basic principle of representative government access to information has always been closely tied the distribution of political power.

The political philosopher Jean Bodin revived the term used by the Roman historian Tacitus to describe the "secrets of imperial policy" that had to be protected against prying: the arcana imperii.

Following Tacitus, Jean Bodin and other supporters of absolutist rule argue that the ability to maintain the integrity of the state will be undercut if arcana imperii is not protected.

Revolutions in England (1688) and France (1789) ended the concept that the true purpose of laws must be kept secret for the state to retain authority

Social philosophers of the time noted secret law led to both revolutions.

The right to free speech became gradually entrenched, legislatures improved their capacity to monitor taxing and spending, and the process of lawmaking became more open to public scrutiny.

1789 Drafters of the Constitution of the United States of America emphasize the need for open lawmaking by requiring publication of a "regular statement of account of the receipts and expenditures of all public money," as well as a journal of Congressional proceedings.

1803 British House of Commons acknowledges the right of the press to sit in the public gallery and record debates.

1829 The Hansard, the daily record of British parliamentary debates, begins publication.

1900 Western democracies have achieved a level of basic transparency.

The rule of law is established, the process of lawmaking is open to public view, and the right to speak freely about government affairs is protected.

Within the bowels of government, secrecy is still very much the rule.

The concept of the "official secret" is the specific invention of government and nothing is so fanatically defended as the "official secret."

Every government seeks to keep knowledge and intentions secret to shield actions from critical examination by the general public.

Government naturally welcomes a poorly informed populace in so far as ignorance agrees with the government's interests of concealing knowledge and intentions behind the Veil of the "Official Secret."

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2003 John Yoo pens Justice Department memorandum on torture which is followed by the administration when it came to matters of torture.

"The law in this country includes not just statutes and regulations, which the public can readily access, it also includes binding legal interpretations made by courts and the executive branch.

Interpretations are increasingly being withheld from Congress.

The code of secrecy also extends to yet another body of law:

changes to executive orders.

The administration also takes the position that a president can "waive" or "modify" a published executive order without any public notice - simply by not following it.

It's every president's prerogative to change an executive order, but doing so without public notice works a secret change in the law.

Because the published order stays on the books, Congress and the public have no idea that it's no longer in effect.

Keeping the law secret doesn't enhance national security, but it does give the government free rein to operate without oversight or accountability." - Senator Russ Feingold

2007 Information Security Oversight Office reports the cost of implementing the national security classification system in government and industry reaches an all-time high of $9.91 billion.

This classification cost figure includes physical security, computer security and other aspects of classified information security is a 4.6% increase over the year before and is the highest amount ever reported by the Information Security Oversight Office.

September 15, 2009 Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis C. Blair, discloses that the current annual budget for the 18 agency US "Intelligence Community" (IC) is $75 billion and employs some 200,000 operatives world-wide, including private contractors.

Admiral Blair states that the "traditional fault line" separating secretive military programs from overall intelligence activities "is no longer relevant."

Domestic enemy watchlists can be accessed by law enforcement personel through the Homeland Security Data Network or the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) at a fusion center.

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