Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Bush Policy of Secrecy

Good article by Jacob Sullum over at Townhall on the bush administrations reflexive need for secrecy, as embodied by the Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnel. He gets to the heart of why Bush needs/requires secrecy.
Judging from this example, Bush administration officials feel duty-bound to withhold information when it might be useful to critics of the president's anti-terrorism policies, because those policies are necessary to protect national security. But they believe the very same information can -- indeed, should -- be released at a more opportune time, when it will help the president pursue his policies.
There it is. Secrecy is important because it protects the President and his Policies. Very cynical but seemingly accurate.

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