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4,942 Invention Patents Are Secret, 108 in 2006 Alone

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posted on Jan, 30 2008 @ 06:52 PM
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4,942 Invention Patents Are Secret, 108 in 2006 Alone


www.openthegovernment.org

PRIVATE ENTERPRISE
108 New Patents Kept Secret, 4,942 “Secrecy Orders” in Effect

In 2006, the federal government closed the lid on 108 patents. Overall, that brings the total number of inventions kept under “secrecy orders” to 4,942.
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posted on Jan, 30 2008 @ 06:52 PM
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From US spy agency’s patents under security scrutiny


This creeping secrecy is all the more surprising because as the US government's eavesdropping and code-breaking arm - which is thought to harness some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to decode intercepted communications - the NSA will have detailed knowledge of what should be kept secret and what should not. So it is unlikely to file patents that give away secrets.

Bruce Schneier, a cryptographer and computer security expert with Counterpane Internet Security in California, finds the development “fascinating”.

“It's surprising that the Pentagon is becoming more secretive than the NSA. While I am generally in favour of openness in all branches of government, the NSA has had decades of experience with secrecy at the highest levels,” Schneier told New Scientist. “The fact that the Pentagon is classifying things that the NSA believes should be public is an indication of how much secrecy has crept into government over the past few years.”


One cannot help but wonder what all is contained in those nearly 5,000 patents. Is free energy really true? Is there really a plane called Aurora? Is what John Lear says the truth about us having people living on Mars since the 60's? What in heck is in there? Aren't you curious?

Combined with this administration's will to pass legislation like the Patriot act, legalizing secret judiciaries, and now the Pentagon classifying patents that the NSA itself says are suitable for public consumption, this has got to be the most secretive administration in the history of America.

Here is the Executive Summary from the PDF report:


OpenTheGovernment.org’s fourth annual report, Secrecy Report Card 2007, shows both a continued expansion of government secrecy across a broad array of agencies and actions and some, limited, movement toward more openness and accountability.

While every administration wants to control access to information about its policies and practices, information created by or for the federal government belongs to the American public and should be open (except in strictly limited and specified contexts). As this principle is often honored more in the breach than in the observance, public access to government information has varied over time.

The current administration has exercised an unprecedented level not only of restriction of access to information about federal government’s policies and decisions, but also of suppression of discussion of those policies, their underpinnings, and their implications. It has also increasingly refused to be held accountable to the public through the oversight responsibilities of Congress. These practices inhibit democracy and our representative government; neither the public nor Congress can make informed decisions in these circumstances. Our open society is undermined and made insecure.


www.openthegovernment.org
(visit the link for the full news article)

[edit on 30-1-2008 by TrueAmerican]



posted on Jan, 30 2008 @ 07:10 PM
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Half of it is windows vista patches related COME'ON!

And a third of what's left is reserved for Mr B's pleasure for his spare time.

I'm not the one to be fooled



posted on Jan, 30 2008 @ 08:22 PM
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lol, Vista patches? puhhhleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease.


Surely you can do better than that.

Folks, that PDF is an extremely comprehensive report on government secrecy and decade long trends. It is a very good read. Again I find myself prompting posters to go and actually read what I am presenting, and frankly, it is getting tiring. If you are going to just write something off as a fluke, or politically motivated hit piece, as has been happening a lot on this board lately, why don't you please go and do that somewhere else? There are good people trying to learn here, as few and far between as they may seem to be sometimes.

Gee, how about bringing in a quote from the report or something and disputing it, or doing some research yourself to add to the thread. I have a tradition of not supplying excessive amounts of information in my OP's. It leaves much more room for collaboration, discussion, and counterpoints that way. I love nothing more than when someone goes and finds something very pertinent to a thread that sheds new light on it, or even debunks the OP. Come on now, think, look, research, learn and participate deep. It's the ATS way. Thanks.



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