The memo equates dislcosure of classified information with "violent acts against the government" and "Espionage," a certainly inapt and chilling comparison considering that,
(1) that all experts agree that the classification system is broken and hopelessly plagued by overclassification,
(2) that the Obama administration made the mistake in the case of National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Drake of prosecuting a whistleblower for Espionage in connection with mishandling classified information, only to have the case collapse when it turned out none of the supposedly-classified information was in fact properly kept secret, and
(3) that an employee taking violent acts to overthrow the government or conducting Espionage of the Aldrich Ames or Robert Hanssen variety is a rare occurrence whereas classified information appears on the front pages of national newspapers daily.
There is properly classified information that should be kept secret. However,
Defense Department and National Security Council experts have estimated that anywhere from 50 percent to 90 percent of classified documents could safely be made public.
Such massive and systematic overclassification undermines our Democracy by depriving the public of being fully informed of their government's actions and such excessive and unnecessary secrecy is a far greater threat to our national security than "insider threats" from employees.
If the government was interested in protecting security rather than silencing whistleblowers, it would focus its considerable energy and resources on curbing overclassification rather than targeting employees with "programs" that will no doubt chill legitimate speech activities and go after those who dare to blow whistle.
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