Lebanon is still one of the few countries in the world with a strict banking secrecy system
-- one of the reasons Lebanon has been able to draw billions of dollars in deposits from inside the country and abroad.
Professor and ex-Bushite Jack Goldsmith summed up his thoughts this way: "The best thing to doC*.would be to ignore Assange and fix the secrecy system
so this does not happen again."
However the best security and secrecy system
was in place in Pakistan on US pattern to keep the nuclear assets safe and secure, he observed.
This pattern of secrecy recalls the work of the Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy, chaired by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, which reported in the mid-1990's that the federal government's secrecy system
urgently needed reform, that millions of documents had been classified as "secret" and had remained "secret" long after the requirement of secrecy had expired.
Today that right is being asserted against continuing government efforts to bolster the secrecy system
So I asked the experts, "Why don't you end the bank secrecy system
that hides and launders illicit funds?
His new book is an extended historical meditation on the damage done by the secrecy system
. It explores how "in the name of national security, secrecy has put that very security in harm's way." For Moynihan, "it all begins in 1917."
Too often, our secrecy system
proceeds as if this information revolution has not happened, imposing costs by compartmentalizing information and limiting access.
A secrecy system
that continues to classify World War I documents or that keeps the aggregate intelligence budget an official secret or that routinely practices active deception will ultimately be defied and defeated by the American public," Aftergood explained.
On November 10, his office completed its draft version of an executive order laying out what a post-cold war secrecy system
should be, and the policy is now under review by the president.
Clinton charged the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), the executive agency that oversees the secrecy system
, with gathering information and drafting a new executive order by November.
This secrecy system
imposes severe political costs on our democratic government.