Steven Aftergood: The Aging Secrecy System is Unsustainable — Hamstrung by Old Pratices and Outdated Technology (To Which We Would Add Corruption and Greed Favoring Secret Waste Over Open Source Value)

THE AGING SECRECY SYSTEM IS “AT A CROSSROADS” Today’s national security classification system is unsustainable, says a new annual report to the President from the government’s Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). It is “hamstrung by old practices and outdated technology” and a new, government-wide technology strategy will be required “to combat inaccurate classification and promote …

Norie Huddle: Amy Benjamin on The Many Faces of Secrecy Especially Political Secrecy

THE MANY FACES OF SECRECY The End of Transparency – and Democracy Amy Baker Benjamin William & Mary Policy Review, 8.2, 2017 For secrecy, properly understood, is everywhere today. It is the mind-numbing norm rather than the emergency exception, and it has seeped into many key aspects of our political, economic, and legal decision-making structures.

ITNJ: Pedophilia Enabled by “Professional Secrecy”

Carine Hutsebaut Psychotherapist and Criminologist and author on child sex abusers and child murderers. Frequent Expert Witness and profiler for ministries of justice across Europe. Founder of the International Center for Molested and Abducted/Adopted Children. Author of the book, Child Hunters: Requiem of a Childkiller (Xlibris, 2011). Member of the Academy of Behavioral Profiling. Multiple …

Berto Jongman: WikiLeaks EndGame – Open Governance or a Costly Secrecy Tax

Want to Know Julian Assange’s Endgame? He Told You a Decade Ago “The idea is, ‘If we can prevent them from having secrets, they have to operate very differently.’” “Organizations have two choices (1) reduce their levels of abuse or dishonesty or (2) pay a heavy ‘secrecy tax’ in order to engage in inefficient but …

Mongoose: Classifying History for the Wrong Reasons — the Dangers of Secrecy as an Enabler of Inadvertent Nuclear War

[UK] Security chiefs block release of report on 1983 Soviet nuclear scare 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 …

Worth a Look: Democracy in the Dark The Seduction of Government Secrecy

Too Many Secrets: What Washington Should Stop Hiding (Review by Ron Wyden and John Dickas in Foreign Affairs) From Dick Cheney’s man-sized safe to the National Security Agency’s massive intelligence gathering, secrecy has too often captured the American government’s modus operandi better than the ideals of the Constitution. In this important new book, Frederick A.O. …