"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 Privilege"
"In recent years, the
executive branch has asserted privilege more frequently and broadly than
before, typically to seek dismissal of lawsuits at pleadings.
allegations of unlawful Government conduct ranging from
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
1946 US Chamber of Commerce is so worried about
the spread of Communism that it proposed removing liberals, socialists and
communists from places like schools, libraries, newspapers and
August 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 service.
October 6, 1948 Three 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 a B-29 Superfortress bomber request an
accident report on the
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.
The Air Force affidavits describe secret electronic equipment on board
that has to be protected from falling into the hands of the enemy.
January 1950 Alger Hiss
is found guilty of
Americans are being warned communists are infiltrating the
1951 Edward Hunter coins
a new word: brainwashing.
Communists have found ways of controlling
in Red China - Edward Hunter
Colonel Frank Schwable, is shot down over Korea and captured, the
highest ranking military officer to meet that fate.
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 civilians.
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
The final blow came when 21 American soldiers refused
Milo Radulovich is discharged from the Air Force Reserve
after members of his family are believed to have Communist
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 Reserves.
"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 fifteen 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
This was not a "conspiracy," in the hackneyed sense of that
It was rather precisely the type of "reference group" or informal
network that is so well known to sociologists." - Christopher Simpson,
Science of Coercion
An article in the Detroit Press is read by
Alfred Friendly, Murrow's
They have been searching for a story to illustrate the
dangers of McCarthy.
The case is based on Radulovich's father and sister
Emigrants from Serbia, his father subscribes to
several Serbian newspapers, one of which was classified as Communist by the US
His sister is labeled a sympathizer as she supported
liberal causes though she has declared that she has no political sympathies.
Friendly film crew interviews Radulovich, his family, and his
Mr. Murrow broadcasts the report on October 20,
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 accidentally may have done 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
The following theatrics of the Red Scare shift the focus off
the ability of the State to use
secret evidence to
convict onto political orientation.
1953 The Supreme Court, citing the Air
Force claim, rules in favor of the Air Force, establishing the State Secrets
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 "military matters 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 sensitive
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.
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 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 Fisher
April 27, 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
We decided 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 article
that 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
Noel Field, an American Quaker citizen, grew up in
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
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 Bern).
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 war.
Held for five years in solitary confinement,
interrogated under torture in Hungary, Field eventually broke down and
confessed to being an agent.
"The complicity of Alger Hiss of the State
Department seems settled. As does that of Harry Dexter White of the Treasury
Department." - Patrick Moynihan
Venona document, #1579, actually
mentioned "HISS" by name.
William Jefferson Clinton signs
Executive Order 12958 which mandates that
25-year-old documents be automatically declassified unless exempted for
national security or other
humans have formed groups that hold knowledge close.
By doing so these
groups gain an advantage by using specialized knowledge.
examples of a material advantage can be seen in armaments.
Steel long sword, short and long
bow, then gunpowder, bullets and 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.
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
to access 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, and so forth is crumbling because
genetically engineered micro-organisms can now be patented;
that is, made into property.
In the past, scientific progress was based
on coöperation more than competition:
new results in journals
and through informal
exchange, protected by their university salaries from
the compulsion to profit
financially from their work.
Now that careers depend in part on
corporate research funding and now that researchers and
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
September 11, 2001
"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
information blackout is a disservice to the American people.
information policies are conditioning Americans to
expectations of government accountability and
to doubt political
is the oxygen of democracy." -
"They're doing everything to remove our history, to
damage the Freedom of
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." - Gore
March 2003 George Walker Bush
affirms and amends Executive Order
Analysis: Executive Order 12958 goes too far by allowing any
information that involves 'scientific, technological, or
economic matters relating to
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
profitability of federal
economic matters that relate to
medical products and
could be connected to national security.
environmental impact studies to point out that federal land-use plans for
national parks and forests will have long-term negative effects on the
Feds stop conducting environmental impact studies and begins shuttering
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) libraries.
October 1, 2003 The United States vs Reynolds case is
refiled as Herring v. United States in the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
court finds no fraud in the government's claim of privilege.
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
subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and
Root routinely stamps information, ie. number of meals served, as
"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
The Army Corp of Engineers has stamped "secret"
information on flooding dangers in
Information on 140 Superfund sites,
sites contaminated with
highly toxic materials, have been stamped "secret".
July 22, 2004 The 911 Commission
Report decries the level of government secrecy as
a national security
August 2004 A DoD official
testifies before Congress that perhaps 50% of classified documents did not need
Department of Education data shows public
charter schools, promoted as a solution to public school woes, are lagging
regular public schools in performance.
Solution: Feds stop collecting
data on charter school performance.
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 Oversight
Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit upholds
Herring v. United States in new
litigation, in which
District Court determines "there was no fraud because 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 1971
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
2006 Feds decide public information in
many federal libraries should no longer be publically available.
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's
sharing of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for shedding new light on the
Big Bang theory of creation, was
done at the NASA library in Greenbelt, Maryland one of the libraries slated for
"It is 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
solutions of information withdrawal cover-up corporate wrongdoing and grease
the wheels of corruption.
The GSA headquarters library where patrons
conduct research on real
and government finance is
headquarters library collects literature for government scientists and citizens
on the effects of radiation exposure is shuttered.
Protection Agency headquarters library as well as the chemical library in
the nation's capital that helped toxicologists assess health effects of
chemicals as well as
regional libraries in Chicago,
Kansas City and Dallas
EPA libraries handled more than 134,000 research
requests the previous year.
EPA libraries house and catalog an estimated
50,000 documents on environmental issues available
nowhere else, serve as the institutional repositories for internal
documentation and commercially published literature about a broad array of
environmental topics including the Clean Air Act,
global climate change and operate
public reading rooms that provide access to EPA publications and databases.
"Crucial information 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.
an administration that does not have a commitment to access to information." -
Emily Sheketoff, American Library Association's
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 request.
This $2.5 million cut would reduce
the EPA Library Network's budget by 80%. The EPA has already begun to shut down
its libraries and to reassign staff.
We understand that EPA library
services are now greatly reduced or no longer available to the general public
in agency regional offices serving 19 states." - Jean Shipman, AHIP, President
Medical Library Association & Logan Ludwig, President Association of
Academic Health Sciences Libraries
"We understand that the EPA is
in the process of closing libraries and dispersing and destroying materials.
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.
Congress, 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
midnight 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 unsecret.
Fifty archivists can process 40 million pages
in a year so they will need a hundred years to process 400 million.
backlog, 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 destructive acidity.
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.
The Congressional Research
Service in the past released information that it had gleaned at taxpayer's
The idea was the spreading of knowledge gathered at the
February 9, 2009 Douglas N.
Letter, a justice department
lawyer for the Obama administration,
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
Contrary to the
Founders' intentions, intellectual property in
this case stymies scientific development, because
science progresses by building on
the results of previous science.
When the incentive is to conceal instead of
reveal, this is no longer possible.
What else could we expect from
the conversion of scientific
knowledge into property, which is nothing else than
the enclosure of part of the
commons into a private holding?" - Charles Eisenstein
Intellectual property rights were initiated to compensate the creator of an
original work - not to protect
the withholding of
scientific knowledge that could help alleviate human misery for one hundred
years while filling the coffers of
the international corporation with ill-gotten gains.
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
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