Political Operatives Reclassify Old Documents At National Archives
By Elaine Meinel Supkis
Just as Cheney refuses to reveal what he talked about when he headed the Energy Commission (we can guess, easily, he talked about how to con people into invading Iraq and Iran), the blanket of secrecy has been drawn over more and more of America. Just as Homeland Security gags librarians so they can't go to the press to talk about how they are forced to spy upon fellow citizens, so it is with nearly everything like the illegal spying done by Bush, the few Senators allowed to even know of this were gagged from talking about it with anyone at all so it meant, basically, no one knew anything. Reminds me, Bush broke more than one Federal law here, arrest the man.
From the NYT:
In a seven-year-old secret program at the National Archives, intelligence agencies have been removing from public access thousands of historical documents that were available for years, including some already published by the State Department and others photocopied years ago by private historians.In every agency, at every point of contact between citizens and any information or people holding information, Bush has used the huge mountain of money from the Homeland Security funding to hire right wingers who are busy cutting off all access to any information they don't want us to know.
The restoration of classified status to more than 55,000 previously declassified pages began in 1999, when the Central Intelligence Agency and five other agencies objected to what they saw as a hasty release of sensitive information after a 1995 declassification order signed by President Bill Clinton. It accelerated after the Bush administration took office and especially after the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to archives records.
But because the reclassification program is itself shrouded in secrecy — governed by a still-classified memorandum that prohibits the National Archives even from saying which agencies are involved — it continued virtually without outside notice until December. That was when an intelligence historian, Matthew M. Aid, noticed that dozens of documents he had copied years ago had been withdrawn from the archives' open shelves.
Like information about nuclear war. Information about global warming. Casualty figures and photos of coffins of dead soldiers. Diplomatic information. Information about oil reserves. M3 money information. Job statistics. You name it, they will either keep it secret or warp the information or hide their meddling and we could characterize this government as the Beria Islands or perhaps Ewige Nacht Und Nebel (eternal night and fog).
I used to joke in the sixties that if you wanted to know all our secrets, call the Kremlin. They always knew everything, the entire reason to keep, say, the Pentagon Papers secret was because it revealed how our military and political owners were lying about everything and knew they were lying about everything and were utterly unrepentant about cynically lying and they hoped to keep on lying.
After the war collapsed into defeat, there was no point in keeping any information secret yet getting information was still as hard as pulling crocodile teeth from a reptile dining on a hippo. Bush, being of a criminal mind, has always been very big on hiding information. This is why his Texas driver's license was recreated as 001 and his killer wife's as 002. If you want to see their past records, you can't. They are gone. Totally hidden.
Bush had his Texas National Air Guard records scrubbed, too. They did this so hastily, they tore out a page they had to reinsert, the one with his pay records. This should have been a national scandal but it wasn't since the media and the rich wanted tax cuts. So they played dumb.
When Clinton ran America, we had comparative openess and the GOP demanded to see every scrap of paper in both Hillary and Bill's past. Every detail, no matter how tiny, had to be microscopically examined yet a mere one year later, the entire media shrugged when we demanded to see Bush's driving record. Not to mention his extensive arrest record. Ho hum.
Now we live in darkness. The tiny shreds of information we glean is due entirely and only to the internet which allows people to rifle through much of the world's data even if much of our own country's data is increasingly missing, it merely means we have to dig elsewhere.
And of course, the proof is in the pudding, as always. Never trust the rulers. Any where or any time. This is simply being sensible.
MORE NEWS: From In These Times:
Buried within the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 is a regulation that bars most public access to birth and death certificates for 70 to 100 years. In much of the country, these records have long been invaluable tools for activists, lawyers, and reporters to uncover patterns of illness and pollution that officials miss or ignore.Just like they keep secret the death numbers of civilians and the number of missing from Hurricane Katrina, the need to turn all systems into dark holes is how murderers hide their actions. What you can't see, you can't know. All totalitarian govenments like to lie about life and death matters. This is why they "disappear" people. Nacht und Nebel.
In These Times has obtained a draft of the proposed regulations now causing widespread concern among state officials. It reveals plans to create a vast database of vital records to be centralized in Washington, and details measures that states must implement–and pay millions for—before next year’s scheduled implementation.
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