Nation of Secrets The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life

ISBN-10: 1400079780

ISBN-13: 9781400079780

Edition: N/A

Authors: Ted Gup

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At work, at the doctor’s office, on campus, in your car, your right to know has been replaced by someone else’s right to keep a secret. U.S. judges allow businesses to make secret settlement agreements that keep products with life-threatening defects on the market. Intelligence agencies use an ever-widening array of classification schemes as weapons in their turf wars with rival bureaucracies. Universities use obscure readings of federal statutes to keep victims of rape and assault from learning how their attackers were punished. The press offers anonymity to its government contacts, freeing them from accountability, robbing readers of transparency, and, sometimes, shattering innocent people’s lives. And whistle-blowers who dare to expose some of the worst excesses that secrecy permits are afforded less and less protection. InNation of Secrets,Ted Gup identifies a malignant strain in American culture, exposing how and why our most important institutions increasingly keep secrets from the very people they are supposed to serve. Drawing on his decades as an investigative reporter, Gup argues that a preoccupation with secrets has undermined the very values—security, patriotism, privacy, the national interest—in whose name secrecy is so often invoked. Gup shows how the expanding thicket of classified information leads to the devaluation of the secrets we most need to keep, and argues that journalists have become pawns in the government’s internal conflicts over access to information. He explores the blatant exploitation of privacy and confidentiality in academia, business, and the courts, and concludes that in case after case, these principles have been twisted to allow the emergence of a shadow system of justice, unaccountable to the public. Powered by shocking case studies and startling analysis,Nation of Secretswill shake our faith in some our most trusted institutions, piercing the veil of secrecy to reveal an alarming new threat to democracy in America.
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List price: $15.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550

Ted Gup is a legendary investigative reporter who worked under Bob Woodward at theWashington Post,and later atTime.He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the George Polk Award and the Worth Bingham Prize. Gup is a professor of journalism at Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Pepper Pike, Ohio. From the Hardcover edition.

Silent Encroachments
Case Study: Inescapable Secrecy
National Insecurity, Part I: A Secrecy Born of Fear, Not Reason
Case Study: A Secret Hell
National Insecurity, Part II: Secrecy Means Not Having to Say You're Sorry
Case Study: Blacked Out: A Secret the CIA Won't Release
Secret History
Case Study: He Who Must Not Be Named
Secrecy and the Press
Case Study: A Crime of Secrecy?
Secrets and the University
Case Study: A Case Unsealed
Secret Courts
Case Study: The Chambers Effect
Sounding the Tocsin
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