Secrecy

WeAreChange 2012 Bilderberg Donation Drive

WAC – With WeAreChange chapters being targeted and harassed by the CPD and DHS at the recent NATO conference, it is safe to say WeAreChange is under attack. Under these extreme circumstances, WeAreChange has decided to stand up and fight back. The best way we can do that is non-violently, of course, in the information war.

SAIC Paper Proposes National Security Through a Culture of Restraint (and Stigma)

From: Slashdot.org 

decora writes
"An SAIC analyst has written a paper [PDF] calling for the 'stigmatization' of the 'unattractive' types who tend to discuss government secrets in public. The plan, described in the Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Security Affairs journal, is to promote self-censorship as a 'civic duty'. Who needs to censor themselves? Amateur enthusiasts who describe satellite orbits, scientists who describe threats to the food supply, graduate students mapping the internet, the Government Accountability Office, which publishes failure reports on the TSA, the US Geologic Survey, which publishes surface water information, newspapers (the New York Times), TV shows, journalism websites, anti-secrecy websites, and even security author Bruce Schneier, to name a few."

Dont miss the comments.

Mohamed Harkat, victim of Canadian Islamophobic witch-hunt, victim of the lies of 9/11

Since 9/11 , many Muslims have been persecuted, here's the story of Mohamed Harkat.

Sign the statement/petition against Secret Trials in Canada - Please share with your family and friends and help put a end to this unjust process in Canada. Ask your local, union, group, organization (religious, political, environmental and other) to endorse.

Please circulate far and wide, post on FB and twitter.

We can make a difference. Support is needed
International supported needed.

Stop Security Certificates !
http://www.justiceforharkat.com - for more information.

Dr David Kelly's autopsy & medical reports classified for 70 years

The mysterious 'suicide' of the scientist who criticised the Blair government's justifications for invading Iraq is set to remain mysterious for 70 years. Article from the London Daily Mail at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1245705/Cover-claims-David-Kelly-post-mortem-set-stay-wraps-70-years.html

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Medical records which could shed light on the death of government scientist David Kelly are to be kept secret for 70 years, it emerged yesterday.

In an unprecedented move, Lord Hutton, the man who chaired the inquiry into the mysterious death, ordered that vital evidence including Dr Kelly's post mortem will be kept under wraps until the 2070s.

The revelation, which sparked further claims of a cover-up, comes just days before Tony Blair is due to give evidence to the Chilcott inquiry into the Iraq War.

Dr Kelly's body was found in July 2003 in woods near his Oxfordshire home, only days after it emerged he was the source of a BBC story which claimed evidence against Iraq had been 'sexed up' to justify invasion.

Hayden Named to Public Interest Declass Board

General Michael Hayden, former NSC Chief, NSA Director and CIA Director, now appointee to the 'Public Interest Declassification Board' - by Mitch McConnell, although for some reason it was first recorded in the Congressional Record that it was Harry Reid...

Michael Hayden Profile
http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=michael_hayden

Visit original for hyperlinks, posted in full for posterity:

http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/2009/09/hayden_pidb.html
Hayden Named to Public Interest Declass Board
September 10th, 2009 by Steven Aftergood

If one were searching for an individual to represent the public interest in promoting declassification of government records, the first name that came to mind would probably not be Michael V. Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency. But improbable as it may seem, he is the latest appointee to the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB), an official body that advises the President on declassification policies, priorities and potential reforms.

Boehner posts terrifying video with 9/11 images, implied support of torture

From Rawstory: "House Minority Leader John Boehner has posted an alarming new video on his YouTube page that includes images of the Pentagon burning on Sept. 11, 2009, and implications that the Congressman, or those who created the video, support torture techniques used on terror war prisoners during the Bush administration."

Note that Sept. 11, 2009 should have read Sept. 11, 2001, but I've quoted Rawstory verbatim, errors included. They or may not correct it soon.

An emerging progressive consensus on Obama's executive power and secrecy abuses - Glenn Greenwald

An emerging progressive consensus on Obama's executive power and secrecy abuses - Glenn Greenwald
http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/04/13/obama/index.html

Intro excerpt:

"In the last week alone, the Obama DOJ (a) attempted to shield Bush's illegal spying programs from judicial review by (yet again) invoking the very "state secrets" argument that Democrats spent years condemning and by inventing a brand new "sovereign immunity" claim that not even the Bush administration espoused, and (b) argued that individuals abducted outside of Afghanistan by the U.S. and then "rendered" to and imprisoned in Bagram have no rights of any kind -- not even to have a hearing to contest the accusations against them -- even if they are not Afghans and were captured far away from any "battlefield." These were merely the latest -- and among the most disturbing -- in a string of episodes in which the Obama administration has explicitly claimed to possess the very presidential powers that Bush critics spent years condemning as radical, lawless and authoritarian.

The Manhattan Projects - 1945 & 2001

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Confronted with evidence that the Whitehouse version of the 9/11 attacks was a lie, my friend fell back in denial with a question that “Truthers” have heard many times: “I find it hard to believe If 9/11 required the cooperation of so many people, where are the witnesses, whistle-blowers and citizens of conscience who should be stepping forward to admit their part in the government’s murderous, False Flag operation?”

" Have you ever heard of the Manhattan Project?", I said.

Read on...
http://gators911truth.org/PDF/Manhattan-Projects.PDF

Film Exposes the Seduction of Secrecy

By Jeff Stein, CQ National Security Editor
http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=hsnews-000002721511&parm1=5&cpage=1

"Eight years later came 9/11, famously labeled a failure to “connect the dots.” Eyewash. The CIA, FBI and others had dots. They hoarded them like marbles."

So, was the "failure to prevent" an intentional act to further an agenda, as well as treason and mass murder by US policy makers- or more like manslaughter, only involving "incompetence", criminal negligence, dereliction of duty and horrendous administrative and policy decisions rooted in ignorance, territoriality, ego, partisanship, spite, suspicion- or just the inevitable, "blameless" result an institutionalized culture of secrecy that "supposedly" has been changed? Instead of pursuing these questions, he continues with secrecy issues, the subject of the film being reviewed (in CQ Politics). Article has a nice summary of the bin Laden satellite phone-1998 NSA leak publication-Bush propaganda. In reference to abuse of secrecy:

"Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it? A government of men, as it were, not laws.

9/11 families criticized for 'silent' settlement in negligence case

I would really like to know what these people were told not to tell.

Five Maryland families, all of whom agreed to an out-of-court settlement with the airline industry over their loved ones' deaths on Sept. 11, are drawing some pointed criticism for agreeing to keep silent about what they learned during the course of the lawsuit.

The families, who chose not to receive money through the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, say they pursued a legal route in hopes that their suits would give them a better understanding of the security breakdowns that allowed the tragedy to occur.

http://rawstory.com/news/2007/911_families_criticized_for_silent_settlement_1008.html

9/11 families criticized for 'silent' settlement in negligence case
Jason Rhyne
Published: Monday October 8, 2007

Five Maryland families, all of whom agreed to an out-of-court settlement with the airline industry over their loved ones' deaths on Sept. 11, are drawing some pointed criticism for agreeing to keep silent about what they learned during the course of the lawsuit.

The families, who chose not to receive money through the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, say they pursued a legal route in hopes that their suits would give them a better understanding of the security breakdowns that allowed the tragedy to occur.

But whatever knowledge they gained, they're not allowed to talk about it.

Why Portlanders are worried about being the nuclear 9-11.

The military is simulating a terrorist nuclear attack in Portland this week. Oregon corporate media won't report on it, the city of Portland hasn't been invited to participate, and friends of mine are leaving town. (the story has now changed - to volcano, and now, earthquake)

"Maybe the people who think there's a conspiracy out there are right."
Congressman Peter DeFazio, 7/20/07
(http://estrecho.indymedia.org/newswire/display/69726/index.php)

Here's what has people in Portland concerned, in a nutshell: http://oregontruthalliance.com

Since September, 2001, some major "terrorist" events have been
occurring at the exact times that the drills for them were occurring.

(google: 9/11 Northern Vigilance, 9/11 Vigilant Guardian,
http://cooperativeresearch.org/context.jsp?item=a928vigilantwarrior#a928vigilant
warrior)
- there were at least two other drills ongoing at the time. These had
most active US fighters drawn North over Canada, and some drills
inserted false blips on radar screens while others were "live fly"
exercises that involved hijackings.

(google: 7/7 Visor Consulting) - This was a drill that had the exact
same targets as the actual bombings.

Cramer: Bernanke, Wake Up

Economic Growth - A Gross Deception

A question I have: Would it be more efficient/necessary to create a seperate blog for these 2 videos?

Researcher compares 9/11 to Reichstag Fire in Nazi Germany and UFO secrecy

from The Canadian National Newspaper

http://www.agoracosmopolitan.com/home/Frontpage/2007/02/15/01355.html

Researcher compares 9/11 to Reichstag Fire in Nazi Germany and UFO secrecy

by Richard M. Dolan

Back in 1933, Adolph Hitler came to power in Germany. He never actually received a majority of the German vote, although his party had received the largest plurality in the most recent parliamentary elections. Thus, in January of 1933, the ancient, revered, and decrepit Paul von Hindenburg, President of Germany, appointed Hitler as Chancellor. A little more than a month later, the German parliament building, known as the Reichstag, was in flames. Arson.

How Could They Have Kept 9/11 Secret?

I just ran across this quote from famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg:

It is a commonplace that 'you can't keep secrets in Washington' or 'in a democracy, no matter how sensitive the secret, you're likely to read it the next day in the New York Times.' These truisms are flatly false. They are in fact cover stories, ways of flattering and misleading journalists and their readers, part of the process of keeping secrets well. Of course eventually many secrets do get out that wouldn't in a fully totalitarian society. But the fact is that the overwhelming majority of secrets do not leak to the American public. This is true even when the information withheld is well known to an enemy and when it is clearly essential to the functioning of the congressional war power and to any democratic control of foreign policy. The reality unknown to the public and to most members of Congress and the press is that secrets that would be of the greatest import to many of them can be kept from them reliably for decades by the executive branch, even though they are known to thousands of insiders.

"It Seems As Though You're Asking Everyone To Trust You"

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary

Source: fas.org

PRESS BRIEFING BY ARI FLEISCHER
September 24, 2001

[...] Q: Ari, yesterday Secretary Powell was very precise that he was going to put out a report on what we had on bin Laden that could be reported, and not classified. Today, the President shot him down -- and he's been shot down many, many times by the administration -- you seem to be operating -- he also retreated a question of putting out a report. No, I'm wrong?

MR. FLEISCHER: No, I think that there was just a misinterpretation of the exact words the Secretary used on the Sunday shows. And the Secretary talked about that in a period of time -- I think his word was "soon" -- there would be some type of document that could be made available. As you heard the Secretary say today, he said "as we are able," as it unclassifies.

Q: -- much more emphatic yesterday, I thought.