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UPDATED: 16:31, July 14, 2005
What a large pool of US "secrets"!
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The "No.1" of the world invariably acts differently, it tries to be ledader in everything, even in the number of "secrets" it possesses.

According to a recent New York Times report, the number of official US secret documents set an all-time high last year, about 15.6 million documents were classified as confidential, this figure almost doubled that of 2001. At present, there are 145 confidential documents per minute on average. "Land security, sensitive information" and other fuzzy words have emerged at the historic moment, matters originally are not secret, but as long as they are seen as "sensitive information", they become confidential matters of the state. In the meantime, document-deciphering process has been slowed, official US documents deciphered in 1997 came to about 200 million pages, while the number was only 28 million pages last year.

Just as traveling in the United States has become increasingly inconvenient, matters prone to be classified as concerning secrecy are the "by-products" of the counter-terrorist war: After the "September 11" incident in 2001, with a view to guaranteeing land security, law court that originally could be open to the public ceased opening to the public; the Department of Agriculture, the Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency were authorized to grade the secrecy for their documents; the Department of Justice declared that certain government documents were no longer opened to the public. Some are so-called secrets and some sound funny. The Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA's) budgets of he United States in the 1950-1960s are to this date still regarded as something secret, the reason for this is said to be "preventing America's enemies from figuring out the CIA's focus of state security through their analyses".

Those with a gentle mindset are mostly sincere and transparent; while those with an impetuous mindset are greatly scared and in a state of extreme nervousness, which is followed by more secrets. Too many secrets make it hard to avoid giving people the feeling of purposefully turning simple things into mysteries, and "mistaking the shadow of a bow in one's cup as a snake", thus making people query its effect. Theoreticians had long before refuted that the reason given by the US government for keeping secrets is "fear of terrorists taking advantage of loopholes", but Washington's failing to prevent the occurrence of the "September 11" tragedy didn't lie in the leakage of intelligence, it was precisely because departments concerned and the general public could not share related intelligence and thus failed to prevent trouble before it happened.

Just as happiness, sometimes security is a kind of feeling. After using forces for several times, President Bush repeatedly stressed that the world had become increasingly safe. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan refuted this several times, saying he didn't feel that this world had become increasingly safe. An increasing number of secrets reminds people of the images of three carved monkeys on the streets abroad: One monkey covers its eyes, another monkey plugs its ears, the third one muffles its mouth. It seems that secrets have been kept, but security has not been achieved, it is really hard to give a clear explanation.

By People's Daily Online


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