The Obama secrecy crackdown continues.
12:37 PM, Jul 21, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Lt. General James R. Clapper, Jr., the president’s nominee for director of National Intelligence, is taking a hard line on information security, but only where it counts.
On the one hand, he’s taken a pledge for greater transparency regarding the intelligence budget, including its military component, which over the years has been kept secret from the public in a remarkably capricious way. Steven Aftergood, editor of the indispensable Secrecy News, has the story and offers brief analysis.
On the other hand, Clapper is demonstrating toughness on protecting information that truly deserves classified status. A question from Senator Kit Bond—submitted and answered in written form for Clapper’s confirmation hearings—produced this terse—and startling— response: