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Obama Orders Review of Government Secrecy

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posted on Jun, 1 2009 @ 08:26 PM
Announced just last week...

Expanding his drive to open government, President Barack Obama is ordering two studies of whether the government is classifying too much information and using too many different ways to keep it from public view.
He wants the answers in just 90 days, and it's no secret which way he's leaning.
In a memo Wednesday, Obama ordered national security adviser James L. Jones to consult relevant agencies and recommend revisions in the existing presidential order on national security classification that lays out the rules under which agencies can stamp documents "confidential," "secret" or "top secret."


Digging just below the surface we find...

Following sharp increases in the first several years after 9/11, the total estimated costs of implementing the national security classification system seem to have leveled off at around $10 billion annually, according to a new report to the President (pdf) from the Information Security Oversight Office. The total cost of protecting classified information in government and industry last year was $9.85 billion, down slightly from $9.9 billion the year before, ISOO director William J. Bosanko reported.
(also) In the latest ISOO report to the President, Mr. Bosanko noted that the cost estimates for CIA, DIA, ODNI, NGA, NRO, and NSA were all classified “in accordance with Intelligence Community classification guidance.”


I can't help but weigh this in light of the Pentagon's wish to spend just over $50 billion on classified programs... and think how can the security budget be a secret... may be because it would reveal all of their operations/missions in collecting dirty laundry on every adversary, domestic and abroad, that would be a threat to the NWO's agenda? ... i would also image these figures would explain where the 2.3 trillion went missing from the pentagon's budget... which Rumsfeld conveniently revealed on Sept 12, 2001... that's September the 12th year 2001... i repeat in case no one caught the significance/cowinkadink in timing.

Is Obama's recent public effort in review of this secrecy just a show/pacifier for those who are crying foul or is this a genuine inquiry?

If the later, he may want to be mindful of one of Kennedy's more revealing speeches on this matter:

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. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control.

JFK's address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27th 1961

Considering the powers that be and how ruthless their record is in maintain their dominance, Obama should also be fully aware of Kennedy's staged assassination.

[edit on 1-6-2009 by The All Seeing I]

posted on Jun, 2 2009 @ 08:55 PM
Now i can't help but see a coincidence in timing with
The Dick Cheney Magical Mystery Media Tour:

He has sought out and been interviewed by more TV journalists and talk show hosts during the past month than during the eight years he was vice president.

The topic is always the same. Torture was done during the Bush–Cheney Administration, and it was effective. Persons held at Guantanamo Bay are evil and should never be released. President Obama’s actions are a threat to national security. Cheney claims that because of the actions he and George W. Bush took after 9/11, there were no more attacks upon the United States.


...and his daughter Liz is doubling his efforts by popping into every network that will have her:

What's more, as part of a full-throated defense of her dad's torture policies, Liz Cheney has been all over the television news. I asked my friends at Media Matters to check on just how many interviews Cheney has done lately. They came up with this list that spans the last 10 days (and today isn't over yet):

* On the May 22 edition of ABC's "Good Morning America"

* On the May 22 edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

* On the May 22 edition of CNN's "American Morning"

* On the May 21 edition of CNN's "AC360"

* On the May 21 edition of Fox News' "Hannity"

* On the May 21 edition of "MSNBC News Live"

* On the May 20 edition of Fox News' "Your World"

* On the May 17 edition of ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos"

* On the May 16 edition of Fox News' "Fox & Friends Saturday"

* On the May 15 edition of Fox News' "On the Record"

* On the May 12 edition of Fox News' "Live Desk"

* On the May 12 edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

That's 12 appearances, in nine and a half days, spanning four networks. (On today's "Morning Joe," Liz Cheney was on for an entire hour -- effectively becoming a co-host of the program.) And this is just television, and doesn't include Liz Cheney's interviews on radio or with print media.


[edit on 2-6-2009 by The All Seeing I]

posted on Jun, 2 2009 @ 09:05 PM
This is interesting.......... But it seems more like a part of a script. If there is NWO interference within secret documents, then it would confirm the NWO. Do you really think if there is an NWO at play here, that Obama is unaware of it or uninvolved? And if something showed up he would put it out to the public?

This just smells of some kind of set up to me.

posted on Jun, 3 2009 @ 01:25 AM
Interesting read. I'll be obliged to reap any benefits that could possibly come out from this investigation, but as the past has proved... we (as Americans) probably won't get much more than the proposal to do the investigation. I guess we'll have to wait 90 days and see. Hell, maybe for once, we will get lucky.

For one, I do know we won't gain much insight on classified, secret, etc. documents that would be all that interesting anyways. In the case of Project Blue Book and many other unclassified documents, they always keep the best ones to themselves! The government will always come first to the citizens in the eyes of Washington... Plus, anything that is life changing to the human race, is probably considered a national/international security threat.

On Cheney: Maybe he's trying to gain points in the eyes of the public before something larger than Guantanamo and "torture" reach the public. Maybe he's trying to say this is all on Bush. Maybe he's trying to say neither he or Bush was involved. It's also intriguing that his daughter is becoming somewhat of a marketing ploy for this.

Guess we'll have to wait and see how this unfolds!

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