On the Rosenberg case, the Schneirs have earned the ublic’s trust—they scrupulously followed the facts wherever they led, revising their views when new evidence required it.
The onus is now on those who disagree with Schneir to prove him wrong. And because he has used documents uncovered by those who (like Weinstein and Vassiliev) in the past have taken exception to his conclusions, Schneir’s book is yet another argument for opening long-closed files on both sides ofvvwhat used to be the Iron Curtain. Finally, the book reminds us that although the cold war is over, when it comes to transparency the Iron Curtain has come back down. The Russians have reclassified files they briefly opened, and, to quote thevLos Angeles Times, “The Democratic administration of Barack Obama, who denounced his predecessor, George W. Bush, as the most secretive in history, is now denying more Freedom of Information Act requests than the Republicans did.
On the Rosenberg case, the Schneirs have earned the public’s trust—they scrupulously followed the facts wherever they led, revising their views when new evidence required it. The onus is now on those who disagree with Schneir to prove him wrong. And because he has used documents uncovered by those who (like Weinstein and Vassiliev) in the past have taken exception to his conclusions, Schneir’s book is yet another argument for opening long-closed files on both sides of what used to be the Iron Curtain. Finally, the book reminds us that although the cold war is over, when it comes to transparency the Iron Curtain has come back down. The Russians have reclassified files they briefly opened, and, to quote the Los Angeles Times, “The Democratic administration of Barack Obama, who denounced his predecessor, George W. Bush, as the most secretive in history, is now denying more Freedom of Information Act requests than the Republicans did.
An Excerpt from “TheNation”
As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding “secret energy meetings” with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama’s “clean coal” policies. One reason: the disclosure of such records might impinge on privileged “presidential communications.” The refusal, approved by White House counsel Greg Craig’s office, is the latest in a series of cases in which Obama officials have opted against public disclosure. Since Obama pledged on his first day in office to usher in a “new era” of openness, “nothing has changed,” says David -Sobel, a lawyer who litigates FOIA cases. “For a president who said he was going to bring unprecedented transparency to government, you would certainly expect more than the recycling of old Bush secrecy policies.”
During Obama’s last fiscal year (2009)
Requests under Freedom of Information Act: Denied 70,779
During Bush’sfinal budget year (2007)
Requests under Freedom of Information Act: Denied 47,395
It is not coincidence then, that Julian Assange has received information about world governments and their secretive tactics – Namely the US Embassy Cables. There is a lot to be said about The Freedom of Information Act and world governments over-classifying documents. Following what is said, there are to be questions – about motives and intent – about why governments are over-classifying documents.
We again find ourselves asking the one-word question, “why.” And it is through this simple question that we find so much complexity. We ask ourselves “why” not only to the perplexity of the over classification of documents but also ask “why” Wikileaks is releasing this information. We ask ourselves what it has to do with us and our individual lives.
One of the reasons for the Watergate break in was to find out what dirt the Democrats had on the Republicans. One of the reasons that J.Edgar Hoover held power so long as the director of the FBI was because he had maintained a wide-spread and pervasive surveillance and eavesdropping system that ensured that he had dirt on almost every politician so that should the FBI go up for congressional review, Hoover, using his “secret” files would be able to block any control over any organization or agencies that he considered belonged to him.
That also explains the very rigid and tight control that was exerted in the former Soviet Union and other communist states. The leaders of these states produced the lie that communism was beneficial and created a Utopia. The actual reality was far different. These leaders knew this – and needed to control the media so that they could control the message and produce deception.
So, here we have President Obama who is rejecting requests under the Freedom of Information Act for even the most mundane things including visitor logs to the White House. The question then is “why.” We find ourselves once again at “why.” Nobody seems to know “why.” “Why” then, has become the missing link.
Looking back in history at all of the other states, leaders – dynasties – and look at why they restrict information. It becomes fairly obvious in hindsight as to getting an answer to our “why.”
“Why” is quite simply that the leaders were doing things that their people would not approve of OR that other countries would not approve of. One of the great strategies of Roman Generals and Emperors was to pit one barbarian group against another. They would then be fighting against each other rather than fighting against Rome unified as a group. Of course, in our day and time – Rome has vast military might and isn’t that worried about conventional warfare. So we can borrow a page from the Romans and create confusion among the rest of the world’s nations and then rush in to settle the confusion we have created thus giving us the appearance of having true leadership. What that also does is make us responsible to other nations. That responsibility costs money, lives, and our sovereignty here in America.
The one thing that needs to be remembered here in considering this possible answer is that Rome fell.
It would seem then that the American Government and it’s current administration along with more recent history (say within the past 50 years or since the Cold War) are acting as Puppet Masters in the grand scheme of things. We can be seen meddling in other nation’s affairs and as we see the ebb and flow of the chaos and order come and go – we can also see that the American government as it moves along the linear time line of history has gotten more secretive and more secretive all the while promoting things such as The Freedom Of Information Act (1966). Then the ebb comes in with The Patriot Act (2001). Now we have the Wikileaks Era (2010) which massively blows the stage of the Puppet Master a part.
So why is Julian Assange doing what he’s doing with Wikileaks? Perhaps he has caught on to the Puppet Masters plan and wishes to stop being a puppet. He might wish that the rest of the world resign from their careers as puppets for the Puppet Masters to play with. It could also mean that he is simply upholding what world government leaders often purport: transparency to it’s citizens. Perhaps he is just tired of the lies.
We all have to live in this world together and when there are secrets in mass quantity – secrets that affect our individual lives – it then becomes like the Fiat System of Currency. We create something out of nothing – and when it finally becomes something and we don’t hear about it till later – it’s just too late. We’ve voted in democratic ways in which we felt were truth, and at the end of the day when the lies are exposed – we cannot take back our votes and entire nations begin to fall apart.
I have written about governments being so estranged from it’s people. When governments become estranged from it’s citizens, secrets begin to accumulate and at some point, there is a leak. The leak causes reputation damage and it causes mistrust. It causes unrest and unbalance throughout the world – but like opening a sore to let the puss out, it soon is healed and we can only hope that the lesson gets learned.
When a corrupt government has the ability to use this situation to a greater negative rather than a greater positive – we see an ever increasing amount of intelligent corruption (better cover ups, improved quality of secret keeping) and at the point where those “new” strategies are exposed, they come up with different and improved ways. It’s an ever evolving circus.
World governments need habilitation, not rehabilitation. Habilitation is a placing of new policy in place whereas rehabilitation would entail readjusting things back to it’s original state. If the original state was that of corruption – then it would be unwise to regurgitate the process all over again. It’s time for reformation from a different starting point – and Julian Assange is attempting to make that happen. So why? That’s why. He wants true change and not just lip service.
Finally – we move to the “whys” of you and I. Why are you supporting this cause? Why are you not supporting this cause? When we can each figure that out for ourselves, we can move forward. It is in that short little question…”why”