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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Is CIA Secretly Rewriting History?

It appears that in the last few years CIA was secretly reclassifying some historical documents that used to be public. In most cases these documents did not contain any sensitive information that could impact national security.

However, some of these documents did contain information about embarrassing governmental blunders, and CIA mistakes during the Korean war, and early years of the Cold War. The NYT article linked from /. gives a great example of this:

One reclassified document (...) gives the C.I.A.'s assessment on Oct. 12, 1950, that Chinese intervention in the Korean War was "not probable in 1950." Just two weeks later, on Oct. 27, some 300,000 Chinese troops crossed into Korea.

Why are these things reclassified? And why is this done in secret? Call me paranoid, but stuff like that makes me nervous. If the governmental agencies bend the regulations to secretly reclassify public records and get away with it, then how do I know that next time they won't bend them even more? What is stopping them from altering the reclassified documents?

How do I know that one day they won't secretly de-classify altered historical facts? And if anyone happens to own an original copy, they can use the Patriot Act to confiscate it, and slap the guy with a gag order...

Welcome to 1984 ladies and gentlemen. Repeat after me: Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia...


  • At Wed Feb 22, 02:46:00 AM, Anonymous Dan said…

    The spooks have had secrets for eons. These spooks, those spooks; the only thing that has changed is their precision and the ease of which they control/distort/hide information from the masses. Abuse of power is as human as breathing. You will find many men that claim to be against those principles in theory. However, I believe you will find those same men would be in bed with the devil if only they were given the chance. Morality is often born out of convenience and swayed by personal survival. It is so obvious that the way a man treats his neighbor, when nothing is to be gained, speaks much more deeply to his true intentions and potential use of power than any words he chooses to speak or type. How many of us are really out for the greater good, the guy next door?

    Increasing technology will likely bring us to a sociodynamic critical mass of powerlessness and all the famous tales (Brave New World, 1984, Broken Saints, Revelations) will eventually seem very very plausible.

    On rewriting history . . . I was never a huge fan of history or even currently unfolding "politics" given the overwhelming amount of lies and spin given to each and every account found. Even "iron clad" science is always susceptible to flaws (Geocentricy, Flat-Earth, etc {if you believe these stories. ha.}) Government documents? I would rather read Star magazine, or maybe research time cube theory.

    I do not like being abused and lied to either. I think it is wise to expose it and confront it. I would not waste a second being afraid of the manifestations of this behavior though. As I see it, they will surely come on a grand scale as the "haves" grow exponentially more apt to control than the "have nots." If we were to be locked down, no airports, guns drawn on our heads and tanks in our towns for our "security" I can tell you I would not be surprised. I would be outraged and opposed with all my being but not at all taken aback. Fearing this day will not make it go away. If anything it may help it along, but THAT is philosophy.

    Until this day comes, I invite you to join me in not giving the idea of possible conspiracy manifestations any of your negative emotions. Sure it is good to consider possible options but illogical , emotional (the anti-logic) things like paranoia will only distort any truth you try to spread among said masses. I realize you might be saying it makes you nervous and paranoid as a kind of figure of speech but there are droves of people stuttering out senseless fear propaganda every time the government tells a lie. Why, are they really that surprised?

    To answer the title "Is CIA Secretly Rewriting History?" Of course they are. Logically yes, they do it ALL the time. Before them the emperors, the priests, and the kings did the same.

    Its life a usual and it can all be flipped upside down with a few strokes of a pen/clicks of a keyboard. It is a wonderful play.



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