TV News LIES

Friday, Feb 23rd

Last update05:20:13 AM 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...


‘He Never Went In’: Armed Deputy At Florida School Shooting Resigns

Parkland shooting: Sheriff's deputy did not go into building The armed deputy assigned to the campus of a Florida high school during a deadly...

'Generation Columbine' has never known a world without school shootings

Generation Columbine never knew a time without school shootings Call them Generation Columbine. Born during the first few years of the 21st century, our youngest Americans,...

Missouri governor indicted on felony invasion of privacy charge: prosecutor

Mo. Gov. eric Greitens indictedMissouri governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday on one count of invasion of privacy. The charge says Greitens...

88 'Shame on you!' Florida shooting survivors confront lawmakers at Capitol in Tallahassee

Shame on you! Florida students confront lawmakersScores of students from Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rallied alongside hundreds of students from...
 
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!