"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 at least unseal
records after 10 years so that abuses can come to light." - Elaine
FleemanCentral 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
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 (in 1688) and
France (in 1789) led to an abandonment of the absolutist
conception of state secrecy. The
right to free speech was gradually entrenched, legislatures improved their
capacity to monitor taxing and spending, and the process of lawmaking was
itself opened to public scrutiny.
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
1803 British House of
Commons acknowledges the right of the press to sit in the public gallery and
record its debates; the Hansard, the daily record of British parliamentary
debates, begins publication in 1829.
Western democracies have achieved a level of
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
Every government seeks to keep
knowledge and intentions secret to
shield actions from critical examination. 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
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.
These interpretations are increasingly being
withheld from the public and Congress.
The code of secrecy also extends
to yet another body of law: changes to executive orders.
administration takes the position that a president can "waive" or "modify" a
published executive order without any public notice - simply by not following
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
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
This classification cost figure includes physical security,
computer security and other aspects of classified information security is a 4.6
percent increase over the year before and is the highest amount ever reported
by the Information Security Oversight Office.
15, 2009 Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis C. Blair,
discloses that the current annual budget for the 16 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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