Controlled Unclassified Information


You’ve got to sympathize with the Bush administration. Sometimes you’re running the government but, inconveniently, it’s not the government of Burma and so you need to be accountable to voters, other branches of government, public opinion, etc. Under the circumstances, it helps if you can keep all your conduct secret. But that’s hard to do purely through abuse of the classification process. So to speed things along, why not invent a new form of secret information? Good idea! Let’s call it “Controlled Unclassified Information.” More good ideas! The public has a right not to know.