Lords of Secrecy

Lords of Secrecy

The National Security Elite and America's Stealth Warfare

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"State secrecy is increasingly used as the explanation for the shrinking of public discussion surrounding national security issues. The phrase "that's classified" is increasingly used not to protect national secrets from legitimate enemies, but rather to stifle public discourse regarding national security. Washington today is inclined to see secrecy as a convenient cure to many of its problems. But too often these problems are not challenges to national security, they involve the embarrassment of political figures, disclosure of mismanagement, incompetence and corruption and even outright criminality. For national security issues to figure in democratic deliberation, the public must have access to basic facts that underlie the issues. The more those facts disappear under a cloak of state secrecy, the less space remains for democratic process and the more deliberation falls into the hands of largely unelected national security elites. The way out requires us to think much more critically and systematically about secrecy and its role in a democratic state"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nation Books, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781568587455
1568587457
Branch Call Number: 327.1273 H7895L 2015
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 25 cm

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Jan 26, 2015

This has a 10-Star rating for excellent and factual reporting -- but I am dismayed with the author's reframing of so much: placing everything at the level of politicians, and especially the bureaucracy? Explaining Thomas Drake, without explaining SAIC's [at the NSA] corruption PLUS their access to so much NSA data, and not mentioning SAIC's supposed similar bungling of a FBI contract, obscures what's really taking place. The author does explain why Ron Suskind's book [The One Percent Doctrine] is pure fiction and farce. This book cries out for a complete and transparent audit of the CIA, NSA, DIA and FBI.

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