April 5, 2005

Keeping Our Business Secret

How not to be accountable: don't tell anyone what you are really doing (PDF).

In 2004 the federal set a new record for keeping secrets. Last year, the federal government employees chose to classify information a record 15.6 million times, according to new government figures released this week. The figure is 10 percent higher than the total in the previous year. And when given a choice, government employees last year chose to keep their new secrets longer than in years past: Two thirds (66 percent) of the time government employees chose to keep those new secrets for more than a decade. At the same time, the flow of old secrets to the public dropped to its lowest point in nearly a decade to 28 million pages.
In fairness to the bushies increases in classification started trending upward again around the beginning of clinton's second administration. The clinton folks were, though, declassifying more documents than they were classifying while the bushies have brought declassification to a near standstill.

Makes me wonder just what they are hiding and why they don't want us, their employers, to know.

Posted by Steve on April 5, 2005

Man oh man, I have to remember that. Don't tell anyone what you're doing. Especially, don't put it on the blog:)

Posted by oldwhitelady at April 6, 2005 7:30 AM

I'm sure it will all be explained away as "defending the country against unnamed evils."

Posted by Kat at April 6, 2005 7:54 AM
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