Secrets and Lies

“Fearless Leader trusts us”

This caught my attention yesterday but I didn’t get around to it:

And if you follow the link to the article it becomes clear…

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) has called on the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, to undertake a review of whether the administration is over-classifying government information to keep it hidden from public view to protect Trump.

…that it already happened.

I’m talking about the NSA classified server where Impeached-for-Life Prznint Stupid’s minions buried the so-called perfect call’s actual transcript, which so far has not seen the light of day. “Read the transcript,” he’s moo’ed at us, endlessly. And I would be delighted to, so please declassify it.

But I think even the GAO will be stonewalled because those servers are generally compartmentalized so even knowing that a project exists can be a breach of security.

Here’s kinda how it works:

  • Clearances are given on a project-by-project basis. A Top Secret clearance on Project A does not mean someone has any clearance on any other project.
  • People assigned to Project A might not ever know about the existence of Project B. (Famously the Stealth Bomber team did not know about the Stealth Fighter team during the Carter administration, so when Carter [oops!] announced one, that was the first time that the other team [officially] knew about it!)
  • The list of people assigned to any project is itself classified.
  • Compartmentalized information is compartmentalized for a reason: by restricting access, they can restrict leaks and/or track down who leaked more easily. If only 5 people knew about X, one of ’em is the leaker.)

So… Someone at the GAO would have to be given clearance for a project that officially doesn’t exist (Project Quid Pro Quo) and would only be allowed to see that.  So on a practical level, this is never going to happen, at least not while The Russian Usurper is in office.

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10 Responses to Secrets and Lies

  1. YellowDog says:

    Some things should remain hidden.

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  2. Pyed says:

    If Jared can read it, every one in the country should be free to read it

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  3. buckobear says:

    Good explanation of just what SCI/Code Word programs are. When I held mine, even the names of the classifications were classified !!

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    • tengrain says:

      Yeah, it gets weird. You can know the names of the classifications below your own level, but you cannot know the classifications above your level, and the classifications change Department-by-Department and project-by-project, too.

      I’ve talked elsewhere about document mark-up, it’s all related.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  4. CalicoJack says:

    Reblogged this on The Psy of Life and commented:

    This is right up Ye Olde Blogge’s alley: it’s informative, it’s snarky, and it’s sarcasticky. Learn a bit about how compartmentalization of the nation’s secretest secrets, and those things that the Ol’ Pussy Grabber don’t want no one to know too much about lest they decide he really is only out to enrich himself, are kept on the super double top secret do you have your code ring server buried deep in the bowels of the WH.

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    • retiredeng says:

      And O’l Pussy Grabber uses an unsecured phone? Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

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      • CalicoJack says:

        The Ol’ Pussy Grabber is a narcissist, which means to him, he’s always right. If he thinks it, it is right. If he thinks it is safe, or okay, or he wants to expose state secrets, then it is. This stuff is so predictable once you understand the full ramifications of his narcissism.

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  5. Ten Bears says:

    Guess you can’t eat a hard-drive, aeh? Speaking strictly as one Gratefully Retired foremost reliance on a stand-alone ‘server’ as a secure device is Id10t level security. Kinda’ like not plugging into the internet, it’s only secure if you never put anything on it. A DoD (department of defense) level ‘wipe’ of a hard-drive is actually five ‘wipes’, toggling bits from ones to zeros and back, and takes fifteen hours (though you could do the same with an old three inch speaker magnet in however long it takes to put them together – three seconds?)… and isn’t 100%. Nothing is 100%. Not even the speaker magnet. Should have ate the transcript.

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  6. retiredeng says:

    I think what you describe has another name: singularity.

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    • tengrain says:

      True dat.

      Another thing I should have mentioned: I do not know what is involved in creating a new project that gets a code word and all that goes along with it, but I sincerely doubt that a White House Lawyer can do it on a whim and within moments of the phone call. There are still protocols that must be adhered to (I hope?). So that phone call (and Dawg Almighty only knows what else) are sitting there next to the most important classified information our country has.

      It is absolutely outrageous.

      Rgds,

      TG

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