"Its pretty basic stuff - secrecy invites
"National Declassification Center
listing of 134 record collections
that have undergone
declassification review." - FAS
"In 1997, 20 officials in the US government were
empowered to wield the top secret stamp.
In 2006 there are 1,300." -
"In too many cases,
claims of state
secrets have succeeded in keeping important cases out of court entirely or
preventing courts from considering evidence vital to the
outcome of a case," said Rep. John Conyers, Chairman of the House Judiciary
Committee, at a January 29, 2008 hearing on "Reform of the State Secrets
"In recent years, the executive branch has asserted
privilege more frequently and broadly than before, typically to seek dismissal
of lawsuits at pleadings.
Facing allegations of unlawful Government
conduct ranging from domestic
warrantless surveillance, to employment discrimination, to
against whistleblowers, to torture and 'extraordinary rendition,'
the Bush administration invoked privilege in an effort to shut down civil suits
against both government officials and private parties. Courts have acquiesced.
A strong public
perception has emerged that sees the privilege as a tool for
Executive abuse." - Senate
Judiciary Committee Report 110-442, 8/1/08
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
security or the need to protect citizen
privacy would be harmed by releasing that information.
though citizens may assume that transparency is
a basic principle of
access to information
has always been closely tied the distribution of 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.
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
Revolutions in England (1688) and France (1789) ended
the concept that the true purpose of laws must be kept secret for the state to
Social philosophers of the time
noted secret law led to both revolutions.
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
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
journal of Congressional proceedings.
British House of Commons acknowledges the right of the press to sit in
the public gallery and record debates.
The Hansard, the daily record of British parliamentary debates, begins
"Arnold Burns, former United States deputy attorney
general, has said that federal grand juries can be used as a "vicious tool."
Western democracies have achieved
a level of basic transparency.
They can be used to violate Constitutional rights and basic standards
of fairness, while all records are secret forever.
Unseal records after
10 years so abuses can come to light." - Elaine Fleeman
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,
secret plans are still the rule.
The concept of the "official secret" is
the specific invention of
government and nothing is so
defended as the "official
Every government seeks
to keep knowledge and intentions secret to shield
intended 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
intentions behind the
Veil of the "Official
1946 US Chamber of
Commerce, under the Rockefeller fight of the spread of Communism, proposed
removing liberals, socialists and communists from public venues such as
schools, libraries, newspapers and entertainment.
3, 1948 Whittaker Chambers, a former US Communist Party
member, testifies under subpoena before the House Un-American Activities
Committee (HUAC) that Alger Hiss has secretly been a Communist while in federal
October 6, 1948 3 employees of the
Radio Corporation of
America (RCA), an Air Force contractor, are killed when a bomber crashes
near Waycross, Georgia.
The widows of three crew members who die in the
crash of the Boeing B-29
Superfortress bomber request an
accident report on the
The Air Force denies the request and files affidavits with the
Supreme Court claiming withheld reports contain information about a
The Air Force affidavits describe
secret electronic equipment
on board that has to be protected from falling into the hands of the
January 1950 Alger Hiss is found
Americans are being warned communists are infiltrating the
1951 Edward Hunter coins
a new word: brainwashing.
Communists have found ways of
controlling people's minds.
Brainwashing in Red China - Edward Hunter
July 1952 Colonel Frank Schwable, is shot down
over Korea and captured, the highest ranking military officer to meet that
February 1953 Frank
Schwable and other prisoners of war confess to using germ warfare against the
Koreans, dropping everything from anthrax to the plague on unsuspecting
The American public shocked, grew even more so when 5,000 of
the 7,200 POWs either petitioned the US government to end the war, or signed
confessions of their alleged crimes.
The final blow came when 21
American soldiers refused repatriation.
Milo Radulovich is discharged
from the Air Force Reserve after members of his family are believed to have
He was given the opportunity to resign but refuses
and requests a hearing.
During the hearing, the prosecution waves around
a sealed manila envelope claiming there is evidence in it that cannot be seen
as they are state secrets.
Radulovich is severed from the Air Force
"A very substantial fraction of the funding for academic US
research into social psychology and into many aspects of mass communication
behavior during the first 15 years of the cold war was directly controlled or
strongly influenced by a
small group of men who had enthusiastically supported elite psychological
operations as an instrument of policy since
World War II.
not a "conspiracy," in the hackneyed sense of that word.
It was rather
precisely the type of "reference group" or informal network that is so well
known to sociologists." - Christopher Simpson, Science of
An article in the Detroit Press is read by
They have been
searching for a story to illustrate the dangers of McCarthy.
The case is
based on Radulovich's father and sister political orientation.
Serbia, his father subscribes to several Serbian newspapers, one of which was
classified as Communist by the US government.
His sister is labeled a
sympathizer as she supported liberal causes
though she has declared that she has no political sympathies.
film crew interviews Radulovich, his family, and his attorneys.
Murrow broadcasts the report on October 20, 1953.
The impassioned interviews make
an impression on the country.
Thousands of letters pour into
CBS in support of
"First time any of us appreciated the power of television."
- Fred Friendly
Radulovich is reinstated to reduce
Murrow did a great service to the deep state by shifting the
focus of the ability of the government to produce secret evidence from state
secrets to the political affilation of the subject.
theatrics of the Red Scare shift the focus off the ability of the State to use
secret evidence to convict onto
1953 The Supreme Court, citing the
Air Force claim, rules in favor of the Air Force, establishing the State
Supreme Court decision in United States vs Reynolds sets as the cornerstone of
national security secrecy policy the "state secrets privilege",
which relies on fraud, as the precedential basis for asserting that there are
which, in the interest of national security, should not be
Eventually the Air Force accident report is
It contains nothing about
a secret mission or
The declassified Air Force accident report highlights
negligence in training crew members, negligence in maintenance of the
aircraft and pilot error.
There is absolutely no mention of 'classified
secrets' in the accident report.
Permanent flying crews had not been
established for the experimental flights of 3150th Electronics Squadron.
Civilian passengers and crew were not briefed prior to take off on
The commanding officer failed to exercise
The pilot inadvertently hit the feathering switch
on engine #4 when hitting the feathering switch of engine #1.
orders, as to maintenance, were not complied with so the aircraft was not
considered to have been safe to fly.
legal precedent that granted
the US government the 'state secrets privilege' was based on false and
misleading information provided by a US government agency, the Air Force.
The US government has used the state secrets privilege to cover up
government negligence and mistakes that would be embarrassing to government
officials and that might prove government officials liable.
that automatically accepts the 'state secrets' argument,
without ever looking at the documents in question, aligns the judiciary with
the executive branch and eliminates any
chance of a fair trial." - Louis Fisher
1961 "The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and
open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to
secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings.
long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent
facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it." -
John F. Kennedy,
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City
Erwin Griswold confesses in a Washington Post op-ed there was
no actual national
security damage from the publication of the Pentagon
1992 Records are found in Hungarian Interior Ministry archives
in which self-confessed Soviet spy Noel Field names
Alger Hiss as a fellow
Noel Field, an American Quaker citizen, grew up in Switzerland.
Field attended Harvard and worked in the US Foreign Service from 1929
until 1936, when he left the State Department for a job at the
League of Nations
in Geneva helping refugees from the
Spanish Civil War.
During World War II, Field, who never concealed he was a Communist,
headed a Unitarian Services organization to aid displaced persons in
Marseilles, before fleeing to Geneva, where he collaborated with
Allen Dulles of the
OSS (who was based in
After the war ended Field traveled to Prague were he was seized
by Stalinist security services and accused of having organized an
anti-Communist resistance network in Eastern Europe for the OSS during the
Held for five years in solitary confinement, interrogated under
torture in Hungary, Field eventually broke down and confessed to being an
"The complicity of Alger Hiss of the State Department is settled,
as is that of Harry Dexter White of the Treasury Department." - Patrick
Venona document, #1579, actually mentioned "HISS" by
William Jefferson Clinton signs
Executive Order 12958 which mandates that
25-year-old documents be automatically declassified unless exempted for
national security or other
Throughout history humans have
formed groups that hold knowledge close.
By doing so these groups gain
an advantage by using specialized knowledge.
Obvious examples of a
material advantage can be seen in armaments.
First man had to find the things that
fit his fist.
Then came the knives, the short sword,
steel long sword, short and
long bow, catapults, then gunpowder, nitroglycerin, bullets, finally
most obvious examples of a spiritual or psychological advantage can still be
seen in the major institutionalized religious centers of Christianity, Islam,
Buddhism that drew people in off the land and into
knowledge it is proprietary knowledge.
Proprietary knowledge has
created adverse effects for the human race.
includes the true status
activities in Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Iraq and Afghanistan.
knowledge includes chemical industry knowledge that
and trichloroethylene are
harmful to the environment and to human health.
As corporations always
search for strategic advantages in the search of profitbarriers to
access to proprietary knowledge have always been erected.
Corporations, just like individuals, can easily become reactive and
spread themselves thin as they vainly seek to
sense and respond to all stimuli.
Unless they have a clear sense of
direction that can help them filter and prioritize knowledge flows that matter,
they will be easily
"Filtering knowledge flows and engaging with
knowledge flow participants matters little if we lack the ability to apply the
Once a critical mass of knowledge flows is
achieved, flows begin to concentrate at an increasing rate and the value
generated from these flows grows exponentially." - John Hagel III and John
A shift is now underway in which it is easier to access
unknown knowledge flows due to the internet.
This shift undermines the
structural advantage of knowledge barriers erected by corporations by
systematically reducing those barriers.
"The free use of scientific
discoveries is increasingly limited by legal ownership over their applications.
In the realm of biomedical science, the traditional free exchange of
information, strains of organisms, etc.
is crumbling because
genetically engineered micro-organisms can now be patented;
made into property.
Past scientific progress was based on
coöperation more than competition:
results in journals and
exchange, protected by their university salaries from
the compulsion to profit
Careers now depend in part on corporate research
universities have a pecuniary interest in patenting results.
A new era of secrecy has dawned.
It originates from the
profit potential inherent in the
patentability of new pharmaceuticals,
"Since 911 government agencies have restricted access
to unclassified information in federal agency libraries, EPA libraries,
archives, Web sites, and official databases.
Once freely available, a growing number of these sources are now barred
to the public as "sensitive but unclassified" or "for official use only."
No comprehensive catalog of deleted information exists.
information blackout serves the interests of
the Bush crime family, who is
allergic to criticism or
The information blackout is a disservice to
the American people.
information policies are conditioning Americans to
expectations of government accountability and
to doubt political leaders.
Information is the
oxygen of democracy." - Steven
everything to remove our
I have always called jokingly the
United States of Amnesia will be
worse than an amnesiac, it will
have suffered a lobotomy
and electroshock, there will
be no functioning historical memory of
our history." - Gore
John Yoo pens
Justice Department memorandum on torture which is followed by the
administration when it came to matters of
"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
changes to executive orders.
The administration takes the position a president can "waive" or
"modify" a published executive order without any
public notice - by ignoring it.
Doing so without public notice works a
secret change in the law.
Keeping the law secret gives the
government free rein to operate without oversight or accountability." - Senator
March 2003 GW Bush affirms and
amends Executive Order 12958.
Executive Order 12958 goes too far by allowing any information that involves
'scientific, technological, or economic
matters relating to national security' to be classified.
It can be
argued that all information relates to one of these three categories -
'scientific, technological, or economic' should and can be withheld since
includes profitability of federal
economic matters that relate to
medical products and
could all be connected to
national security in one way or another.
environmental impact studies to point out that federal land-use plans for
national parks and forests will have long-term negative effects on the
environment for decades or centuries to come.
Solution: Feds stop conducting
environmental impact studies and begins shuttering Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) libraries.
2003 United States vs Reynolds case is refiled as
Herring v. United States in the US District Court for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The trial court finds no fraud
in the government's claim of privilege.
"Over time, the desire to
protect military secrets has started to look a good deal like the impulse to
cover up mistakes, avoid embarrassment and gain
liability." - Barry Siegel
subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root
routinely stamps information, ie. number of meals served, as proprietary secret
"There's over 50% of the information that, while it may
meet the criteria for classification, really should not be classified in terms
of what we lose." - Information Security Oversight Office director
William Leonard at an August 24, 2004 hearing of the House Government Reform
Army Corp of Engineers stamped "secret" on
flooding dangers in
Information on 140 Superfund sites,
sites contaminated with
dangerous highly toxic carcinogenic materials, have been stamped
July 22, 2004 911 Commission
Report report is published.
It shines a light on government
secrecy as a national security
August 2004 DoD
official testifies before Congress that perhaps 50% of classified documents did
not need that designation.
Department of Education data shows
public charter schools, promoted as a solution to public school woes lag
regular public schools in performance.
Solution: Feds stop collecting
data on charter school performance.
Annual costs attributable to
the national security
classification system reach a record high of $9.2 billion according to a
report from the Information Security Oversight Office.
of Appeals for the Third Circuit upholds Herring v. United States in
new litigation, in which District
Court determines "no fraud as the documents,
read in their historical
context, could have revealed secret information about equipment
being tested on the plane and, on a broader reading, the claim of privilege
referred to both the mission and the workings of the B-29".
becomes apparent to any person who has experience with classified material that
there is massive over classification and that the
principal concern of
the classifiers is not with national security, but with
governmental embarrassment of one
sort or another."- Erwin Griswold, who as United States solicitor general
prosecuted the New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case in
The truth is quite ugly. If the US government allowed the State
Secrets Privilege to be overturned it would be
bankrupt and out of
Congressionally mandated annual State Department report on
international terrorism showed that terrorism worldwide is on the rise.
Solution: Feds stop inclusion of statistics on international
in many federal libraries should no longer be publically available.
is not the first time.
HW Bush operatives
stripped American libraries of
cannabis knowledge after Reagan became president.
The knowledge proved cannabis should
not be Schedule I.
Thousands of people lose access to research
materials as the US government closes and downsizes libraries that house
collections vital to scientific investigation and
the enforcement of environmental
The work of John C. Mather, leading to the astrophysicist
sharing of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for shedding new light on the
Big Bang theory , was done at the
NASA library in Greenbelt, Maryland - slated for closure.
completely absurd. The
library is a national treasure. It is probably the single strongest library for
space science and engineering." - John C. Mather, 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
withdrawal greases the wheels of corporate corruption.
headquarters library where previously patrons conducted research on
and government finance is
Department of Energy library which collected literature for
government scientists and citizens on the effects of radiation
exposure is shuttered.
EPA headquarters library as well as the
chemical library in DC that helped toxicologists assess health effects of
chemicals as well as
regional libraries in Chicago, Kansas City and Dallas are
These libraries handled over 134,000 research requests the
EPA libraries house and catalog an estimated 50,000
documents on environmental
issues available nowhere else.
EPA libraries serve as repositories
for internal documentation and commercially published literature about an array
of environmental topics.
EPA libraries operate public reading rooms that
provide access to EPA publications and databases.
generated with taxpayer dollars is now not available to the public and the
scientists who need it.
This is the beginning of the elimination of all
these government libraries.
We have an administration that does not
have a commitment to access to information." - Emily Sheketoff, American
"The Medical Library Association (MLA) and
the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) wish to express
our concern regarding the $2.5 million cut to the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Library Network that was included in the FY07 President's budget
A $2.5 million cut reduces the EPA Library Network's budget by
The EPA has already begun to shut down its libraries and to
We understand that EPA library services are now greatly
reduced or no longer available to the
public in agency regional offices serving 19 states." - Jean Shipman, AHIP,
President Medical Library Association & Logan Ludwig, President
Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
that the EPA is in the process of closing libraries and dispersing and
Over the past 36 years, EPA libraries have
accumulated a vast and invaluable trove of public health and environmental
information, including at least 504,000 books and reports, 3,500 journal
titles, 25,000 maps, and 3.6 million information objects on microfilm.
EPA officials are dismantling what is likely one of our country's most
comprehensive and accessible collections of environmental materials.
These actions are being undertaken in accordance with the budget
request the President submitted for fiscal year 2007.
however, has approved neither the President's 2007 budget request nor the
library closure." - Bart Gordon, Ranking Member Committee on Science; John D.
Dingell, Ranking Member Committee on Energy and Commerce; Henry Waxman, Ranking
Member Committee on Government Reform; James L. Oberstar, Ranking Member
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
December 31, 2006
700 million pages of secret government
documents - 400 million formerly classified pages at the National Archives,
another 270 million at the FBI, 30 million from other agencies became
Fifty archivists can process 40 million pages in a year so
they will need a hundred years to process 400 million.
inside the National Archives II facility in College Park, measures 160,000
cubic feet inside a massive classified vault with special lighting and climate
controls to preserve old paper.
Row upon row of electronically operated
steel shelves hold hundreds of thousands of document boxes buffered to fight
Documents are to be scrutinized and processed
according to classification instructions written on them by staffers of any one
of several agencies.
Jeanne Schauble holds the Orwellian title of
director of the Initial Processing and Declassification
Archivists, overwhelmed by the number of
documents that arrived at the facility, face a mumbo jumbo of competing
declassification instructions from various agencies with arcane rules and
layers of document review.
March 20, 2007
A memorandum from Daniel B. Mulhollan, the director of the
Congressional Research Service, directed all agency staffers to not
allow any information to be disseminated to the public.
Congressional Research Service in the past released information that it
had gleaned at taxpayer's expense.
The idea was the spreading of
knowledge gathered at the public's expense.
Oversight Office reports the cost of implementing the
national security classification
system in government and industry reaches an all-time high of $9.91
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.
February 9, 2009 Douglas N. Letter,
a justice department
lawyer for the Obama administration,
surprises a panel of
federal appeals judges with an argument for preserving state secrets to
continue to shield those involved with rendition and torture under the George
W. Bush administration.
As science progresses by building on
the results of previous science the indefinite withholding of
propertystymies scientific development.
The conversion of scientific
knowledge into property encloses the
Intellectual property rights were initiated to compensate
creators of original works - not to withhold knowledge to
to withhold proprietary knowledge that could benefit the human race is immoral
and constitutes a crime against humanity.
knowledge ownership by global
amalgamations is paid for with
avoidable human suffering
and avoidable loss of human
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,
Admiral Blair states that
the "traditional fault line"
separating secretive military programs from overall intelligence activities "is
no longer relevant."
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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