Amidst the American hunger for instantaneous news and up-to-date "facts," this unflinching film uncovers the vast, invisible world of government secrecy.



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Credited cast:
Steven Aftergood ...
Himself - Government Secrecy Project, Federation of American Scientists
Thomas Blanton ...
James Bruce ...
Himself - Senior Executive Officer, CIA, 1981-2005
Steven Garfinkel ...
Himself - Director, 1978-2001, U.S. Information Security Oversight Office
Barton Gellman ...
Himself - Reporter, Special Projects, The Washington Post
Sig Hecker ...
Himself - Director, 1986-1997, Los Alamos National Lab
Neal Katyal ...
Mike Levin ...
Himself - Chief, Information Policy, National Security Agency, 1947-1993
Judy Palya Loether ...
Herself - Father, Al Palya died in 'Reynolds' crash
Melissa Boyle Mahle ...
Himself (archive footage)
Patricia Reynolds ...
Herself - Widow of Robert Reynolds
Charles Swift ...
Himself - Lt. Cmdr., U.S. Navy JAG Attorney for Plaintiff, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
Himself - Attorney for Plaintiff, El-Masri v. United States


Amidst the American hunger for instantaneous news and up-to-date "facts," this unflinching film uncovers the vast, invisible world of government secrecy.

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12 September 2008 (USA)  »

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Confidencial  »

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Very Important Documentary that deserves a Wider Audience
9 March 2008 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

Secrecy is an excellent political documentary that delves into the complex arena of secrecy in American government. It explores the fascinating history how and why secrecy policies developed through the Cold War and how they have now been adapted to the War on Terror. The film simultaneously explores the inter-related issues of keeping government secrets from the public and the less commented-upon problem of intra-governmental secrecy that prevented intelligence agencies from cooperating before 9/11. Unlike so many political films, this is a balanced presentation that brings in a variety experts with different and nuanced points of view. It doesn't dumb down its discussion to the lowest level of discourse. It explores the role of both the government and the media and their complex dance with each other. It is enjoyable and professional and reminds the viewer of the type of program put together by PBS's first rate series, Frontline. The film would be an excellent one to adapt for use in high school and college political science classrooms. It explores a complex and inherently difficult issue without being didactic or conspiratorial. At the same time, it manages to entertain. This film is recommended to everyone who wants to better understand their government.

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