More than half a century after the CIA's most infamous failure collapsed on an obscure Cuban beach, The Appeals Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that one volume of a five-part "opus" penned in 1973 can remain under wraps indefinitely, under a provision of federal Freedom of Information law that allows the government to withhold "deliberative" documents.Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, a D.C.-based non-profit that fought for the documents, said the decision "throws a burqua" over the national security bureaucracy:
"Presidents only get 12 years after they leave office to withhold their deliberations, and the Federal Reserve Board releases its verbatim transcripts after five years. But here the D.C. Circuit has given the CIA's historical office immortality for its drafts, because, as the CIA argues, those drafts might 'confuse the public.'"Here's a pdf of the court decision.The Obama administration argued for the secrecy even though Obama has promised so much "transparency" that some commentators anticipated it might be too much. In fact the Obama administration has been one of the most secretive in history, according to reporters who cover the White House.Data, you want? Well, Obama has "prosecuted more people as whistleblowers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all former presidents combined."Well, at least he's promised to release his justification for drone assassinations of American citizens.