Cost of Keeping Government Secret Rises to $11 Billion

irish 2012/07/05 17:03:36

Cost of Keeping Government Secret Rises to $11 Billion

The Obama administration is breaking records in government secrecy and over-classification

by John Glaser,
July 03, 2012

The cost to the federal government of keeping all of its secrets was more than $11 billion last year,
according to publicly available records. That total does not include
costs incurred by the CIA and the NSA and other spy agencies, because
those figures are classified.

P. Fitzpatrick, head of the Information Security Oversight Office
(ISOO), which oversees the government’s classification effort, estimated
that including the extra agencies would increase the spending total by
“less than 20 percent,” meaning the real total may be more than $13

“The costs include investigations of people applying for security
clearances, equipment like safes and special computer gear, training for
government personnel, and salaries for officials who review documents
for classification and declassification,” reports the New York Times.

Much of the increase in government secrecy occurred in tandem with
vast expansions in the security apparatus following the terrorist
attacks of September 11th. In 2001, the total cost of hiding the truth
from the American people was only $4.7 billion.

Document reviews conducted by ISOO
in 2009 discovered violations of classification rules in 65% of the
documents examined, with several agencies posting error rates of more
than 90%

The worst of government secrecy has occurred under the Obama
administration, which has hailed itself as the most transparent
administration ever. According to the ISOO, the government made a record
76,795,945 classification decisions in 2010, an increase of more than
40% from 2009.

Steven Aftergood, of the Project on Government Secrecy for the
Federation of American Scientists, says there is rampant
over-classification. “To me it illustrates the most important problem —
namely that we are classifying far too much information,” he said. “The
credibility of the classification system is collapsing under the weight
of bogus secrets.”

Millions of Americans are out of work and struggling to keep up with
the cost of living while the federal government sucks up $11 billion
from the private economy every year in order to cover up its abuses,
missteps, and secrets in what seems to be a contest to defy the founding
principles so often heralded in Washington, DC.

As the American revolutionary Patrick Henry said, “The liberties of a
people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of
their rulers may be concealed from them.”

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  • Schläue~© 2012/07/05 17:27:55
    Amazing that all that money was spent on keeping secrets and not a dime spent on exposing 0bozo's true identity.

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