"Its pretty basic stuff - secrecy invites
- Steven Aftergood
"Secrecy all too often becomes a political tool
used by Executive Branch agencies to shield information which may be
politically sensitive or policies which may be unpopular with the American
public. Worse yet, information may be classified to hide from public view
illegal or unethical activity." - Senator Jeese Helms, Senate hearing in
"In 1997, 20 officials in the federal government
were empowered to wield the top secret stamp. In 2006 there are 1,300." - Paul
"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. We decided long ago that the of excessive and unwarranted
concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the
which are cited to justify it. Even
today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by
arbitrary restrictions. Even today,
there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our
traditions do not survive with it.
And there is very grave that an announced need for increased
security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very
limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit
to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration,
whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should
interpret my words here tonight as
an excuse to censor the news,
to stifle dissent, to cover
up our mistakes or to withhold from
the press and the public the facts they deserve to know." -
John F. Kennedy, Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel New York City, April 27, 1961
"In recent years, the executive branch has asserted
the privilege more frequently and broadly than before, typically to seek
dismissal of lawsuits at the pleadings stage. Facing allegations of unlawful
Government conduct ranging from domestic warrantless surveillance, to
employment discrimination, to retaliation against whistleblowers, to
torture and 'extraordinary rendition,' the Bush
administration has invoked the privilege in an effort to shut down civil suits
against both Government officials and private parties. Courts have largely
acquiesced. A strong public
emerged that sees the privilege as a tool for Executive abuse." - Senate
Judiciary Committee Report 110-442 1948 Three employees of the Radio
Corporation of America (RCA), an Air Force contractor, are killed when a B-29
Superfortress crashes in Waycross, Georgia.
The widows of three crew
members who die in the crash of a B-29 Superfortress bomber requested accident
reports on the crash.
The Air Force denies the request and files
affidavits with the Supreme Court claiming that the withheld reports contain
information about the aircraft's secret
mission. They describe secret electronic equipment on board that has to be
protected from disclosure.
1953 The Supreme Court, citing the Air Force claim, rules in
favor of the Air Force and
establishes the State Secrets Privilege.
decision in United States vs
Reynolds sets as the cornerstone of national
security secrecy policy, the "state secrets privilege", which relied on false
government information to provide the precedential basis for asserting that
there are "military matters which, in the interest of national security, should
not be divulged."
Eventually the Air Force accident reports were
declassified and found to contain nothing whatsoever about
a secret mission or sensitive
The declassified Air Force accident reports do
highlight 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 reports.
Permanent flying crews
had not been established for the experimental flights of 3150th Electronics
Civilian passengers and crew were not briefed prior to take
off on emergency procedures.
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
federal government the 'state secrets privilege' was based on false and
misleading information provided by a federal government agency, the Air Force.
The federal 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 were liable for
October 1, 2003 The case is refiled
as Herring v. United States in the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania on . The trial court finds no fraud in the
government's claim of privilege in 1953.
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upholds the decision in the new
litigation, in which District Court determined "there was no fraud because the
documents, read in their historical context, could have revealed secret
information about the 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".
The truth is quite ugly. If the federal government allowed
the State Secrets Privilege to be overturned it would be bankrupt and out of
"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 insulation from liability" - Barry Siegel
The rule of law does not exist
precedence is based on fraud !
"A layman might have supposed that 'the very
principle upon which our judicial
system is based' is
justice, or fairness to the parties, or
an accurate record. But a layman would be wrong.
Since 9-11 government
agencies have restricted access to unclassified information in federal agency
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.
blackout serves the interests of
the Bush crime
family, who is allergic to criticism or probing questions.
information blackout is a disservice to
the American people.
Current information policies are conditioning Americans to
lower their expectations of government
accountability and to
doubt their political leaders.
Information is the
democracy." - Steven Aftergood
"Since 911, George W. Bush's mouthpieces
have ferociously attacked anyone not in complete agreement with their position,
accusing them of anti-patriotism, naivete and, now,
actual crimes of treason. All
this noise must serve a purpose. I wonder what else they don't want us to
know." - David Higgins
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
"Like George Orwell's Newspeak, we need a new language for
the legal environment that George W. Bush's radical judges have created. "Not
guilty by reason of secrecy" - is there anything the government can't do, as
long as it keeps it secret?" - Dan Kronstadt
"It quickly becomes apparent to any person who has
considerable 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 1971, persuaded three
Supreme Court justices to vote for a prior restraint on the New York
Times in the case based on national security.
1989 Erwin Griswold confesses in a Washington Post Op-Ed
article that there was no actual national security damage from the publication
of the Pentagon Papers.
Top secrets, classified
secrets, unclassified secrets, more secrets and damning secrets.
"A court that automatically accepts the
governments argument about 'state
secrets', without ever looking at the documents in question, aligns the
judiciary with the executive branch and eliminates any
chance of a fair trail." - Louis
"They're doing everything to remove our
history, to damage the
Freedom of Information Act.
George W. Bush managed to have
a number of presidential papers, including those of his father, put out of the
reach of historians, or anybody for a great length of time, during which they
will probably be shredded, so they will never be available. And what I have
always called jokingly the United States of Amnesia will be worse than an
amnesiac, it will have suffered a lobotomy, there will be no
functioning historical memory of
our history." -
A report by the special inspector general of
Iraq reconstruction stated
that Halliburton subsidiary
Kellogg, Brown and Root
routinely stamped information, such as the number of meals served, as
proprietary "secret" information.
The Army Corp of Engineers has stamped
"secret" information on flooding dangers
Information on 140 Superfund sites, sites contaminated with
highly toxic materials, has been
"There's over 50 percent 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
2005 Annual financial costs
attributable to the national security classification system reached a record
high of $9.2 billion according to a new report from the Information Security
Douglas N. Letter, a
justice department lawyer for the
Barack Hussein Obama II
administration, surprised a panel of federal appeals judges on February 9,
2009 by pressing ahead with an argument for preserving state secrets to
continue to shield those involved with rendition and torture under the George
W. Bush administration. Barack
Hussein Obama II ran on a platform that would reform the abuse of state
secrets, but his Justice Department has reneged on that important civil
Douglas N. Letter urged the judges to pore over the
classified "secret" information, and predicted "you will understand precisely,
as Judge Ware did, why this case can't be litigated."
The lower court
judge, James Ware, had allowed the invocation of the state secrets privilege.
The Barack Hussein
Obama II followed in the footsteps of
previous administrations. The federal government mindset remains the same,
that the revealing of past crimes committed by top federal government officials
would only enlarge the "crisis of confidence" in the federal
Executive Order 12,958
1995 William Jefferson Clinton signs
Executive Order 12958 which mandates that 25-year-old documents be
automatically declassified unless exempted for national security or other
March 2003 George Walker Bush affirms
and amends Executive Order 12958.
midnight December 31,
2006 700 million pages of secret governmnet
documents became unsecret. 400 million formerly classified pages at the
National Archives, another 270 million at the FBI, 30 million from other
agencies, emerge into the sunshine of open government EXCEPT
"The present standards for classifying and declassifying
information were last amended in March, 2003.
Under these current
standards, the President, Vice President, agency heads, and any other officials
designated by the President may classify information upon a determination that
the unauthorized disclosure of such information could reasonably be expected to
damage national security. Such information must be owned by, produced by, or
under the control of the federal government, and must concern one of the
- military plans, weapons systems, or operations;
foreign government information;
- intelligence activities, intelligence
- scientific, technological, or
economic matters relating to national
- federal programs for safeguarding nuclear materials or
- vulnerabilities or capabilities of national security
- weapons of mass destruction.
classified at one of three levels based on the amount of
that its unauthorized disclosure
could reasonably be expected to cause to
Information is classified as "Top Secret" if its
unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause "exceptionally grave
damage" to national security.
The standard for "Secret" information is
"serious damage" to national security, while for "confidential" information the
standard is "damage" to national security.
Significantly, for each
level, the original classifying officer must identify or describe the specific
danger potentially presented by the
The officer who originally classifies the
information establishes a date for declassification based upon the
expected duration of the information's
If the office cannot set an earlier declassification date,
then the information must be marked for declassification in 10 years' time or
25 years, depending on the sensitivity of the information.
for declassification can be extended if the threat to national security still
Analysis: Executive Order 12,958 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 any and all
information relates to any one of these three categories - 'scientific, technological, or
economic' should and can be withheld since
national security includes
federal government business'.
Scientific, technological, or
economic matters that relate to
medical products and
could each be connected to national security.
how to bury a secret
"If it is true that no one can find
White House advisor Karl Rove's
deleted e-mails, it does not say much for the president's domestic spying
capability to keep track of terrorist communications." - Edward Saade
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 the classification instructions written on them by staffers in 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 have
arrived at the facility, face the strange mumbo jumbo of competing
declassification instructions from various agencies with arcane rules and
layers of document review.
The 911 Commission Report decried the level
of government secrecy as a national security obstacle.
Department official testified before Congress in August 2004 that perhaps 50
percent of classified documents did not need that designation.
arcani imperii Central to the global right to information movement is the
presumption 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.
people believe that the right to information, the right to know and the
presumption of openness is a basic principle of democratic
to information has always been closely tied the distribution of political
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 (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
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
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.
1900 Western democracies have achieved a level of basic
of law is established, the process of lawmaking is open to public view, and the
right to speak freely about government affairs is protected.
bowels of government, secrecy is still very much the
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
federal grand juries
"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
secret law"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 most notorious example
recently released is the 2003 Justice Department memorandum on torture written
by John Yoo. The memorandum was, for
a nine-month period in 2003, the law that the administration followed when it
came to matters of torture.
That law was essentially a declaration that
the administration could ignore the laws passed by Congress. The content of the
memo was deeply troubling, but just as troubling was the fact that this legal
opinion was classified and its content kept secret for years. As we now know,
the memo should never have been classified because it contains no information
that could compromise national security if released.
The memos on
torture policy that have been released or leaked hint at a much bigger body of
law about which we know virtually nothing.
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. 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
secrecy systems costs
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 U.S. "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
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