What does it say about a country when a) half of its defense and intelligence program is arguably fraud, waste, and abuse; and b) the only people charged with espionage are the whistle-blowers that are invariably truthful about this same fraud, waste, and abuse?
Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth
New York Times, 26 February 2012
The Espionage Act, enacted back in 1917 to punish those who gave aid to our enemies, was used three times in all the prior administrations to bring cases against government officials accused of providing classified information to the media. It has been used six times since the current president took office.
Setting aside the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst who is accused of stealing thousands of secret documents, the majority of the recent prosecutions seem to have everything to do with administrative secrecy and very little to do with national security.
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Journal: Reflections on Integrity UPDATED + Integrity RECAP
Journal: ‘Systemic Corruption’–Daunting Challenge in Globalized Era
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Reference: 1996 Testimony to Moynihan Commisson
Reference: Arianna Huffington–Wikileaks About Trust in Government–Or Not
Reference: Empire of Lies & Secrecy
Reference: Has Wikileaks Killed Secrecy?
Reference: On WikiLeaks and Government Secrecy + RECAP on Secrecy as Fraud, Waste, & Abuse
Reference: The Private War of LtCol Tony Shaffer
Reference: US Secret Intelligence, US Banks, Illicit Gold, Murder of the Global Economy, RECAP
Reference: WikiLeaks–Punishment of the Innocent by the Unwitting Begins
Review: Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws 2010 from the Electronic Privacy Information Center
Review: Nation of Secrets–The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life
Review: No More Secrets – Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence
Review: Report of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy
Secrecy News: Cost of Secrecy >$10B + RECAP
Secrecy News Headlines: Government Blinders & Blunders
Secrecy News: Mike Vickers on Leaks as “Serious”
Secrecy News Extract: DIA Seeks to Classify Reality
Senator (D-MD): Leaks Should Be a Felony + RECAP
Strong Signals: Truth or Tyrannicide + RECAP
Whistle-Blowers of 1777 & Congressional Intent
Worth a Look: Secrecy as Fraud (2002)