The odds are against anyone ever answering for recent "inadvertent" deletions of electronic data at the two agencies.
Here's a rundown on how this past year shaped up on the issue of government accountability (hint: not well) from someone who knows quite a bit on the subject: reporter Jason Leopold, who's familiarized himself thoroughly on the secrecy tip as well as on the Freedom of Information Act and its uses.
The Russian president has declared that all military deaths -- in peacetime as well as wartime -- will be classified as state secrets, with violations punishable by up to seven years in prison.
“We’re not banning you, we’re just not allowing you access,” a security officer told reporter Ryan Gallagher when he showed up at one of the world’s largest annual counterterrorism events.
One of the U.S.' most respected civil liberties organizations collaborated with President Reagan's CIA in writing secrecy laws that enabled the prosecution of Bush-era whistleblower John Kiriakou, reports Mark Ames at Pando Daily.
In December, the Japanese government rammed through parliament a law that would let the government alone decide what state secrets are and throw civil employees who divulge them in jail for up to 10 years, while journalists could get five years, Ralph Nader writes at CounterPunch.
In the twenty-first century, the NSS has already generated hundreds of millions of documents that could not be read by an American without a security clearance. Of those, thanks to one man (via various journalists), we have had access to a tiny percentage of perhaps 1.7 million of them.
A company disagreeing with a consumer complaint posted on a federal website has gone to court to have the information removed. And it persuaded a federal judge to cloak the company, and the effort, in secrecy. The case is heading to the appeals court. So much for a transparent legal system.
A look at the day's political happenings, including Anthony Weiner's wife is reportedly taking a break from her job as Hillary Clinton's top aide and North Carolina's governor makes an insulting offer to protesters demonstrating against the state's recently signed-into-law abortion bill.
In a major national security speech this spring, President Obama said again and again that the U.S. is at war with “Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their associated forces.” So who exactly are those associated forces? It’s a secret.