TO MANY SECRETS
KEPT TOO LONG
Our nation is at risk because of excessive secrecy.
We must elect a congress that will work to find a way to manage and declassify secrets so that we the people can know what is going on with our government.
Why 9/11 events still secret?
The people should know what our government is doing.
FINANCIAL COSTS OF KEEPING SECRETS
Our federal government has grown too big and too powerful with over 90 million secret documents as of year-2011; with no information on how many have been created and categorized as classified in the most recent 7 years. The cost to classify and store in 2011 alone was $11.36 billion.
55 YEARS AGO
Trump, on behalf of some government service
UPON RELEASE OF SOME OF KENNEDY ASSIGNATION DOCUMENTS
“executive departments and agencies have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns.”
The constitution, in article 1 section 5 allows secrecy for the Congress, not for the executive. So the executive has created the idea of executive privilege and seems to be able to keep congress in the dark regarding executive secrets.
Supreme Court invented that term, executive privilege as part of separation of powers.
The president issues executive orders to regulate these documents, the current order is EO 13526 and the automatic declassification is 25 years (unless there are reasons to continue secrecy).
Herbert G. Peters
Candidate for US Senate, California 2018