DVD - 2009
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In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress. Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is either the key to victory in our struggle against terrorism or our Achilles heel. Counter-terrorist intelligence officers recall with fury how a newspaper article directly led to the loss of information that could have avoided a terrorist killing.
Publisher: [New York] : Distributed by New Video, 2009
ISBN: 9781422940679
Branch Call Number: DVD 352.37909 Se251 2009
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 81 min.) : sound, color and B&W ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 13, 2014

I wouldn't describe this as particularly well balanced based upon my own life experience: I recall a large batch of classified material which had been declassified, late in the Clinton Administration (the request for a file check on Jacob Rubenstein, a k a Jack Ruby, to the FBI, which was denied as Ruby had been an investigator for the House on Un-American Activities, reporting to Rep. Richard Nixon - - several memos from President Kennedy to the State Department, and cirulated throughout the military, explaining how the 16,900 military advisors were to be completely withdrawn from Vietnam, beginning in late November of 1963) - - all later reclassified early in the George W. Bush administration. [I had been told about these memos, independently by a USAF comm tech who read it when he was stationed in Turkey, and a Navy comm tech who had read it during the same time when he was stationed in the Philippines during my military service in the late 1960s, early 1970s.]

Mar 13, 2014

Epically good film about the secret workings of the national security state. Well balanced, with perspectives from both sides of the "State Secrets" debate. The film makers have their ideas about whose view is correct, but that doesn't spoil it, because both sides get equal time. This should be required watching for high school government students.


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