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Government Secrets and their Protected Status

This posting ponders how long should a government secret be held in a protected status. It also questions who should decide what information is secret and not released to the public for reasons of national security.

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Although this topic is quite vast and controversial, please allow some of my notes and outside research to guide you:

When considering how long a government secret should be held in a protected status, it obviously depends upon each case and if the secret poses harm to the overall national security of America. When assessing who should decide what information is secret and not released to the public for reasons of national security, the President and key members of the Federal Government (Congress, The House of Representatives, Senate, VP) should play an active role with military officials, CIA and FBI officials, and other members associated with national security to assess the severity of the secret and any impending ramifications upon American citizens.

Recent press links have placed this topic into mainstream news. However, research shows that "for more than 215 years the United States has flourished in the ...

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This posting considers governmental secrets in terms of legality.

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