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The Real U.S. Government

"Secrecy is the religion of the political class, and the prime enabler of its corruption."

Excellent article by Glenn Greenwald:

The Washington Post's Dana Priest demonstrates once again why she's easily one of the best investigative journalists in the nation -- if not the best -- with the publication of Part I of her series, co-written with William Arkin, detailing the sprawling, unaccountable, inexorably growing secret U.S. Government: what the article calls "Top Secret America." To the extent the series receives much substantive attention (and I doubt it will), the focus will likely be on the bureaucratic problems it documents: the massive redundancies, overlap, waste, and inefficiencies which plague this "hidden world, growing beyond control" -- as though everything would better if Top Secret America just functioned a bit more effectively. But the far more significant fact so compellingly illustrated by this first installment is the one I described last week when writing about the Obama administration's escalating war on whistle blowers.

Most of what the U.S. Government does of any significance -- literally -- occurs behind a vast wall of secrecy, completely unknown to the citizenry. . . . Secrecy is the religion of the political class, and the prime enabler of its corruption. That's why whistle blowers are among the most hated heretics. They're one of the very few classes of people able to shed a small amount of light on what actually takes place.

Virtually every fact Priest and Arkin disclose underscores this point. Here is their first sentence: "The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work." This all "amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight." We chirp endlessly about the Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the Democrats and Republicans, but this is the Real U.S. Government: functioning in total darkness, beyond elections and parties, so secret, vast and powerful that it evades the control or knowledge of any one person or even any organization.

continued..read in full

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/07/19...

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I thought I responded to this article last week--

but my comment isn't on here.

*scratching my head*

I can blame it on my age?

Very good points and, yes, it is horrifying.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I don't have words...

for how angry I got reading this...it turned my stomach...something has got to give...and it's not liberty....

“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn't understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had." - Eric Schmidt

I know bravoseis..Hang on!

Pretty wild , eh?

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

;-)

You have to get an early start to get the jump on these crooks..

"I have found that being rich is not about having the most but about needing the least"

Veritas

"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings."
John F. Kennedy

"I have found that being rich is not about having the most but about needing the least"

Excellent article.

Thanks for posting, this is very relevant to the question of liberty!

Thanks, at least one

person read it! I thought it was very good!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

I read it, too!

Actually I posted this article the other day, but they like you better and only replied on your thread.

:)

I wish my Patriot Act-loving friends would read this. I can't wait for a turnaround in this country's mentality, and Greenwald's doing his part to make it happen.

Yes, a very good explanation.

Bump for this thread. Hope all is well. In Liberty.

Shameless bump!

Maybe I posted this too early this morning..so here a second chance!

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd