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U.S. Policy Is to Keep the Veil of Secrecy in Place

For some 20 years, in another and more youthful phase of my life, I was one of the (apparently) several hundred thousand Americans who possessed a “top secret” security classification.

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Do Americans Deserve to See These Secret Documents?

From the memo detailing the right to assassinate U.S. citizens worldwide to the paper negotiating the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, the U.S. government has kept many documents classified for dubious reasons. David Wallechinsky of AllGov looks at 11 of them.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE



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More Than $11 Billion Spent Keeping Secrets Secret

The amount the U.S. government spent to keep classified information secret exceeded $11 billion in 2011—12 percent more than during the previous year.

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Top Secret Tourism

The Joy of Snooping

Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer speak with Harry Helms, author of “Top Secret Tourism: Your Travel Guide to Germ Warfare Laboratories, Clandestine Aircraft Bases and Other Places in the United States You’re Not Supposed to Know About.”

Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE


Top Secret Tourism

Top-Secret Tourism

Truthdig’s James Harris and Josh Scheer speak with Harry Helms, author of “Top Secret Tourism: Your Travel Guide to Germ Warfare Laboratories, Clandestine Aircraft Bases and Other Places in the United States You’re Not Supposed to Know About,” which his critics have called a handbook for terrorists. Helms explains why his work doesn’t threaten national security and what it’s like to visit some of the most secret sites in America.

Posted on Aug 21, 2007 READ MORE


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