TV News LIES

Saturday, Mar 28th

Last update09:18:13 PM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) US secrecy policy run as though formed by Orwell and Kafka – top official

US secrecy policy run as though formed by Orwell and Kafka – top official

E-mail Print PDF

US secrecy policySuccessive US presidents, including Barack Obama, have abused the system for handling classified information to expand their executive powers, the former senior official who oversaw state secrecy under George W Bush has claimed.

William Leonard, who was entrusted with ensuring proper treatment of state secrets by government agencies in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, said that over the past decade both the Obama and the previous Bush administrations had manipulated their classification authority to create new executive powers without congressional oversight or judicial review.

Leonard, the former head of the Information Security Oversight Office from 2002 to 2007, said that what was at stake was "the abuse of the very form of government we are operating under, as unilateral executive powers go unchallenged."

He said: "Governments have decided under the cloak of secrecy to unleash the brutality of violence in our name and that of our fellow citizens. So extra judicial kidnapping becomes 'rendition', torture becomes 'enhanced interrogation', detainees are held on information that barely qualifies as hearsay, and assassination becomes 'targeted killing'."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


San Francisco bans publicly funded travel to Indiana after discrimination law

Edwin LeeSan Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee on Thursday banned all publicly funded city employee travel to...

Former Alabama officer charged with violating man's civil rights after beating

Ala. officer sued for violation of civil rightsA former Alabama police officer has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian...

Internet outages reveal gaps in US broadband infrastructure

fiber opticWhen vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than...

Calif. deputy police chief among six arrested in drug sting

Calif. deputy police chief among six arrested in drug stingA deputy police chief in Fresno, Calif., was among six people arrested Thursday in a federal...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!