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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Steven Aftergood ...
Himself - Government Secrecy Project, Federation of American Scientists
Thomas Blanton ...
Himself
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 ...
Himself
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 ...
Herself
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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
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Himself - Attorney for Plaintiff, El-Masri v. United States
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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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An Interesting Look at the Balance Between Secrecy and Disclosure
27 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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

This documentary appealed to me because government secrecy is something I deal with every day. As an organized crime historian, I frequently read FBI and police documents that were previously classified. In many cases, information that had never been known is now being brought to light because of the reports. So, the balance of secrets and publicity is important to me.

I do like how this documentary looks at many different angles. Although very short, it manages to look at how the press can hamper important national security issues by making secrets public. Conversely, it looks at how the government has a tendency to be overly protective of "secrets" that never should have been secret in the first place. And most importantly, it covers how different agencies fail to share information with each other -- the biggest problem in secrecy is the inter-agency rapport.

What is the answer to these important problems? I choose not to even offer such a suggestion. The documentary also never fully offers suggestions. But can you blame them? This could be the most important issue the federal government has to deal with.


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