“I do think it’s true that the large contours of national and international policy are much harder to keep secret today,” said Steven Aftergood, who runs the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “It would not be possible to conduct a secret war in Cambodia, as took place in the Nixon [...]
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THIS. Glenn Greenwald on “The media’s authoritarianism and WikiLeaks”. Please note Greenwald’s excoriation of the widespread misstatement about what WikiLeaks has actually done: WikiLeaks has only posted 1269 of the 250,000 cables they possess. They have not “posted” or “published” all of them; they have not “dumped” them. They have published a very small, screened [...]
Indeed, the Medium Lobster could not agree more: while some in the petty name of “truth,” “accountability” and “basic humanity” might want to open this material to the world, outrage over yet another American atrocity would just fuel more violence. Oh, ACLU, don’t you have enough blood on your hands? Which is why the Medium [...]
bradblog chronicles the disappearance of info from the Bush administration websites chomsky reminds us of the reagan administration destruction of documents democratic underground.com covered the replacement of the National Archivist with a partisan hack [2004-05-05] — just in time to cover the release of the Bush I records! How con-veeeenient.
File under disappeared information: Chomsky (or as I like to call him, Noam) talks about the declassification of classified documents [Turning the Tide: Classified Documents / Accountability], and mentions in passing the Reagan administration destruction of documents relating to the overthrow of democratically elected governments in Iraq and Guatemala. Sometimes it turns out on independent [...]