Reference: 1996 Hill Testimony on Secrecy

We must “recognize that 80% of what we consider intelligence–decision-support–is now either erroneously classified or not done at all, and this is the fundamental weakness of our national intelligence community. The three references: 1996 Testimony to Moynihan Commisson 1993 TESTIMONY on National Security Information 1992 E3i: Ethics, Ecology, Evolution, & intelligence (An Alternative Paradigm)

Review: Secrets and Leaks – The Dilemma of State Secrecy

Rahul Sagar 5.0 out of 5 stars Highlights from Steven Aftergood’s Review at Lawfare, April 9, 2014 I tried to prevail on Steven Aftergood to repost his rave review at Lawfare here but for various reasons that was not possible. I’ve looked at this book but Steven is vastly superior to me in his contextual …

Yale The Politic: The Intelligence Gathering Conundrum + Toxic Secrecy RECAP

SHORT URL This Post: http://tinyurl.com/Steele4Yale The Politic Introducing The Yale Undergraduate Journal of Politics The Intelligence Gathering Conundrum As distrust of the U.S. abounds, reliable intelligence is more difficult to procure. By Zachary Mohriing “Snowden and Manning fucked us. Who would want to work with us?” asked one former CIA officer.  Edward Snowden and Bradley …

Review: The Family Jewels – The CIA, Secrecy, and Presidential Power

John Prados 4.0 out of 5 stars 5 fpr content, 3 for editing, 4 on balance — a unique book that could have been better, November 23, 2013 My review itemizes the highlights. This is a valuable book that is unique in its summary of both the historical misdeeds of the CIA and the fast …

Daniel Ellsberg: On Secrecy & Whistleblowing with Comment by Robert Steele

Secrecy and National Security Whistleblowing Daniel Ellsberg on January 8, 2013 [Originally published in Social Research] I) Reflections on Secret-keeping and Identity In the “national security” area of the government–the White House, the departments of state and defense, the armed services and the “intelligence community,” along with their contractors–there is less whistleblowing than in other …

Daniel Ellsberg: Secrecy vs. Whistleblowing in a Democracy

Secreacy and National Security Whistleblowing Daniel Ellsberg Huffington Post repritned from Social Research, 13 January 2013 I) Reflections on Secret-keeping and Identity In the “national security” area of the government — the White House, the departments of state and defense, the armed services and the “intelligence community,” along with their contractors — there is less …

Marcus Aurelius: Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth – Prosecution of US Truth-Tellers Rampant + Secrecy RECAP

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 David Carr New York Times, …

Secrecy News: Mike Vickers on Leaks as “Serious”

LEAKS A “SERIOUS PROBLEM” FOR DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE Unauthorized disclosures of classified information are among “the major challenges” facing defense intelligence, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers told Congress last month.  Mr. Vickers is awaiting Senate confirmation to be the new USD(I), a post that was last held by James R. Clapper, who …

Secrecy News Headlines

**     TIGHTENING SECURITY IN THE “POST-WIKILEAKS” ERA Phi Beta Iota: US Government (USG) has learned nothing since it took testimony in 1993 and then proceeded to ignore testimony from 1995 (Aspin-Brown), 1996 (Moynihan) through 1998 (various).  90% of what is classified should not be classified and should not be a”protected” at a cost of $15 …

Reference: On WikiLeaks and Government Secrecy + RECAP on Secrecy as Fraud, Waste, & Abuse

People are more likely to lie, exaggerate and distort when they know they won’t be held accountable for what they said, and people like to say what their interlocutors want to hear, says Jordan Stancil. Jordan Stancil Jordan Stancil is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs of the University of …

Secrecy New Extract: DIA Seeks to Classify Reality

PENTAGON DELAYS PUBLICATION OF NEW BOOK The Department of Defense says that a forthcoming book about the war in Afghanistan contains classified information, and that it should not be put on the market in its current form.  Instead, the Pentagon is considering whether to purchase and destroy the entire first printing of the book, “Operation …

SECRECY NEWS: Over-Classification & Whistleblowers

CAN THE SECRECY SYSTEM BE FIXED? Can the national security classification system be fixed before it breaks down altogether in a frenzy of uncontrolled leaks, renewed barriers against information dissemination, and a growing loss of confidence in the integrity of the system? CAN WHISTLEBLOWERS BE PROTECTED? One of the most compelling reasons for doing so …