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Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Secrecy: A Stupid Excuse

You know that old gag where you sneak under the table while you father is engrossed in the news and you tie his shoe laces together thinking he will get up and trip? Well, the trouble with secrecy is that not only will it trips you up, it may hurt you. And that is the problem with the U.S. “terrorism” policy and war policy.

No investigations can be held because to do so would “let the enemy” know what we were thinking. You can’t report anything, because the enemy is watching and listening. We can’t tell Congress anything because they will leak all our secrets. And today, the NYT reports that the decision to publicly reveal “evidence” about Iranian IEDs in Iraq was a “hard call” because the enemy would then see how deadly effective these devices are. Somehow, that strikes me as an odd argument. Don’t you think they who use these devices know how deadly they are? That might be why they keep using them? Like dah.

And if you are afraid to show that type of “evidence” to the public or to Congress, then what are you hiding from each other, either accidentally or otherwise, in the hallowed halls of the E-Ring and West Wing? That is the trouble with secrecy. It's like having your shoes tied together by their laces without your knowing it.

Update by Bell Curve: I would refer you to Glenn Greenwald for more on the ridiculousness of this NYT article.


Anonymous said...

There is a classic old BBC comedy called "Yes Minister." The situation is centered on the relationship between an obscure government minister and his professional civil servant/Permanent Secretary who leads him around by the nose.

In one episode the Permanent Secretary is trying to cover up a government funded building project gone bad. His plan is to classify all the documents involved under the "Official Secrets Act." His assistant points out that his is a shocking abuse of a law designed to protect state secrets for national security. The Permanant Secretary responds: "Oh, you are fool. The Official Secrets Act isn't there to protect SECRETS. It's there to protect US!"


USWest said...

Yes. That's it! I have All the Minister series on DVD. I should start watching it again!