Security chiefs are trying to block the release of documents that would shed fresh light on how Britain and the US came close to provoking a Soviet nuclear attack. They are insisting that a report, The Detection of Soviet Preparations for War Against Nato, must remain secret. The report was drawn up by the joint intelligence committee (JIC) after a Nato military exercise codenamed Able Archer 83.
Phi Beta Iota: Secrecy can be catastrophic. Within the USA as well as other countries secret activities by one element of government that are not approved by or know to the President — and not known to other elements such as the Pentagon — can cause great harm. The CIA misbehavior in Libya and Syria, the Department of State mishbehavior in relation to Georgia and the Ukraine, NATO’s constant expansionism and its persistent Gladio B neo-Nazi misbehavior — are all pavestones on the road to World War III. Similarly, the failure to release the truth about the assassinations of JFK and MLK, the USS Liberty (which may be been pre-approved by LBJ, it is now known the British inspired the Arab attack on Israel), and 9/11 — whatever the role of Israel and treasonous Jews in the USA, Dick Cheney made this event his own and thereby assumes primary culpability), keeps the public from recognizing just how dishonest and dysfunctional the government has become.
When things are not going well, until you get the truth out on the table, no matter how ugly, you are not in a position to deal with it.
Bob Seelert, Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide (New York)