Aftergood on the Dynamics of Government Secrecy

OTG Steering Committee member Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists examines the broad principles of classification and the internal patterns of secrecy in a paper published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. In the paper, “An Inquiry into the Dynamics of Government Secrecy,” Aftergood illustrates how broad secrecy principles and guidance result in a secrecy policy vulnerable to “extraneous factors, including bureaucratic self-interest and public controversy.” Read the paper here for more on the internal dynamics and suggestions for a better path forward.