To Secret or Not To Secret

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It’s an assertion that defies common sense but speaks volumes about how the U.S. intelligence complex dodges accountability: The National Security Agency is arguing that even the secrets it has intentionally disclosed to reporters are still so secret that disclosing their disclosure threatens national security.

At issue is a report to Congress from the NSA on instances of “authorized disclosures” of classified intelligence to the media. The report was mandated by the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.

Steven Aftergood, who writes the essential Secrecy News blog for the Federation of American Scientists, requested a copy under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The NSA’s response, dated Oct. 2: “The document is classified because its disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.”

Has it ever been more clear that the NSA uses the phrase “could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security” as a euphemism for “could gravely embarrass us?”

Dan Froomkin @ TI


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18 Responses to To Secret or Not To Secret

  1. Den says:

    Delete the NSA!


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Rained some overnight. Definitely cool.


  3. Den says:

    Rain here too, 0.25 inches worth.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Rained while stick walking, but I wasn’t singing in the rain. 🙂


  5. º¿carol says:

    I had to make spaghetti sauce this morning. Late getting to my computer, always so much shit to do.

    It was a gorgeous day today, but I had to be in the house. Maybe if it’s as nice tomorrow, I can get outside to wrap up some outdoor projects for the winter.


  6. º¿carol says:

    I think I told you I sent a FOIA email to the Ingham County Animal Control, about one of the dogs that escaped from my neighbor’s house. I sent it Monday. Still haven’t heard back, but the email said they have 5 days to comply with my request.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Nippy out.


  8. Den says:

    Watching the Giants/Cards game on the teevee, Giants ahead by 2, hope it stays that way. 🙂


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