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  •  Thus speaks a person who must never have handled (2+ / 0-)
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    classified information in his career.

    If the information is classified, it is because the information could be used to exploit perceived or real weaknesses and cost real lives.

    Anyone who can believe such a thing is delusional, as I well know from my nearly 20 years of work in military intelligence.

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 10:25:19 AM PDT

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    •  Would you be willing to e-mail me? (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      I wanted to ask you some general questions about a couple things in reference to this and other issues. I can be reached at barriticus@gmail.com.

      Author of Flock of Dodos: Behind Modern Creationism, Intelligent Design, and the Easter Bunny

      by barrettbrown on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 10:26:56 AM PDT

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    •  Unfortunately, I think that (0+ / 0-)

      your assertion of my delusion is unfounded. Classified information regarding technical details or information that affects public/ troop safety, would, if widely distributed lead to real loss of life.

      I will clarify that not all information is properly classified; to believe such a thing is foolish. But, again, the information that would risk life that is classified shouldn't be lumped into the same category as coverups. You should know that.

      •  What I know, from personal experience, is that the (1+ / 0-)
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        system of gross overclassification does much more harm to democracy than a total absence of classification would do.

        The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

        by lysias on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 07:52:17 PM PDT

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