SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Katlyn Marie Carter
"This suspicion of secrecy is why the way in which we handle classified material matters — especially if American leaders want to maintain trust in our democracy."
SOURCE: New York Times
by Matthew Connelly
The near-unilateral authority of presidents to declare material secret in the name of national security is intoxicating and it's nearly impossible for the chief executive to resist abusing it, creating not a "deep state" but a "dark state" of secrecy and impunity.
Former Pentagon Special Counsel Oona Hathaway says that an excess of classification makes government accountability difficult to achieve, as well as contributing to potential criminality.
SOURCE: National Security Archive
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Historians who have conducted research in classified materials understand how seriously governments take secrecy and how secrecy can conceal malfeasance or anti-democratic action.
by Beverly Gage
Is it easier to keep secrets when you have fewer of them?
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