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Saturday, August 28, 2004

The dangers of too much secrecy

(Thanks to White Rose)

1.Secrecy breeds mistrust.

It's a natural human reaction. What isn't known for sure could possibly be a lie. Look at what Kerry's attempts to keep his war records private has done to him.

2. Secrecy is expensive.

Last year, the amount spent on securing classified documents was pegged at $6.5 billion, a huge increase from 2001 spending. Why is this an issue? Two words:

Budget Deficit

3. Secrecy is...well, secret.

Bush's desire for increased secrecy is causing communication problems.