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Secrecy: The American Experience

Secrecy: The American Experience
Author: Daniel Patrick Moynihan
ISBN 13: 9780300080797
ISBN 10: 300080794
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: 1999-12
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $29.00

According to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, keeping secrets from the American public -- and each other -- has become standard operating procedure for government departments and agencies. The effect it has on the efficient running of government, and on the republic in general, is disastrous. Secrecy is his examination of the issue, concluding with the idea that broader analysis of information will do more for national security than the hording of secrets.

Richard Perle

[Moynihan] knows well from his own experience. . .how secrets can function as a source of power for the bureaucrats who possess themand how.. .they are often hoarded when they should be disseminatedor traded like currency whenthey should be freely shared. —Commentary