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The Country Of Secrets That Can`t Be Kept


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We`ve barely started a brand new year and the word “secret” has already been said and written too many times in the media. What is it with the U.S.A. and secrets? Why does everything have to be strictly confidential? We`re a so-called democratic country that doesn`t know how to spell transparency.


After the warantless surveillance scandal last year (that will surely continue in the years to come, as well), now we`ve got new secrets on the brink to be revealed. I`m only saying this because NO secrets that ended up in the media spotlight continued to be secrets for long. They`ve all been taken out to surface, either due to journalistic endeavor or to officials` sheer stupidity. Or both.


First secret on the list:


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This is about the killing of 3 U.S. citizens abroad, in 2011. Anwar al-Awlaki, his teenage son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, and Samir Khan (US nationals suspected of being connected to al-Qaeda) were killed on September 30 using drone aircraft. The media asked for explanations, but the operation was kept a secret.


The irony has it that this attack followed shortly after two New York Times reporters and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act to release any documents in which Department of Justice lawyers discussed the “targeted-killing” program to the public.


The demands for transparency in the name of the Freedom of Information Act were turned down. The reason for this refusal: harming national security. It seems like everything that`s confidential in this country is not to be revealed for fear it might harm national security.


The fact that it`s illegal to kill Americans without a trial is just a tiny, little detail when it comes to national “secrets”. And don`t get me wrong: it`s not the killing of terrorists that frightens me here. It`s the way officials choose to stomp on our Constitution and not give a damn about it that`s really freaking me out. These people actually believe they can do whatever they want to U.S. citizens and get away with it. You don`t like it? What are you gonna do? Sue them? What for… so you get a federal judge rule against 313,000,000 Americans?


On Wednesday, “a federal judge ruled that President Barack Obama’s administration doesn’t have to publicly disclose its legal justification for the drone attacks and other methods it has used to kill terrorism suspects overseas.”(The Ledger)


But don`t worry, I`m sure the secret will come out soon enough, just like it always does. And here are just two examples to prove my point:


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According to Russia Today, “only one month into the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations last year, plans were formulated to identify key figures in the movement and execute them with a coordinated assault using sniper rifles, new documents reveal.”


This information was obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and it revealed that the FBI were perfectly aware of of these plans, but decided to keep quiet.


Now, I`ve said it before and I`ll say it again: I strongly believe the Occupy protesters are mostly sheeple who want to take everything from the state and give nothing back. A bunch of lazy-asses, if you will. But the thought of them being hunted with sniper rifles, like they`re some sort of wild beasts… I find that outrageous.


And just take a look at this:


“These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity,” PFCJF Executive Director Mara Verheyden-Hilliard says. “These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.” (

Terrorists and criminals. Does that mean they can kill them using drone aircraft and have a judge rule they don`t need to give any explanations for it? After all, it could harm national security…



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But this, on the other hand, is fine for the national security:

WSJ reports that thousands of pieces of physical evidence were damaged or destroyed by flood waters during superstorm Sandy and that could endanger countless Brooklyn criminal cases.

According to CBS, the loss is already having an impact in the criminal courts. Police were not able to present evidence they had in at least six recent criminal trials (including a very controversial rape case).


So here`s the lessons for today:

1. Killing Americans for terrorism and criminal activity without a trial should not be something of public interest and

2. Not being able to protect crucial evidence that can decide the fate of hundreds of Americans is not even worth mentioning, as no measure has been taken yet to prevent similar accidents.


I don`t know about you, but I am honestly tired of the secrets circus.


By Alec Deacon




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