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Dangerous Information: Is Secrecy Ever Justified?

Posted Sep 03, 2007 17 comments

To start with full disclosure, I'm big into networks and the science behind information. Based on what I've learned, my conclusion -- temporary but firm -- is that open source information sharing is the most effective system to foster innovation, spread knowledge, and improve human culture. I do not live in a culture that agrees with me, but that's part of the fun of the Kali Yuga.

Our last article on Skilluminati was a transcript of the remarkable 1968 NSA document, "UFO Hypothesis and Survival Questions." The "survival" in question was not biological, human survival, it was the perpetuation of the existing power structure of the Western World. The NSA's conclusion was that UFO disclosure -- which goes something like "We don't know what's going on and we can't control the situation" -- would be disasterous for the continuation of our existing social structure.

In Jared Diamond's outstanding and essential book Collapse, he illustrates quite a number of cultures that fought to hold on at any cost: hold on to power, hold on to traditions, hold on to worldviews. They did so at high cost: their lives came to an unpleasant end. All empires collapse into the sand, even when they need to spend billions of dollars to ship their military out to the desert.

That Other UFO Report

In 1960, the Brookings Report was published. At least, that's how most UFOlogists refer to it today -- the actual title was “Proposed Studies on the Implications of Peaceful Space Activities for Human Affairs.” It contains some of the most sane and reasoned considerations of ET civilizations, especially this gem: "It is possible that if the intelligence of these creatures were sufficiently superior to ours, they would choose to have little if any contact with us."

Calvin and Hobbes intelligent life contact us

The report closes with an interesting request for further research: "Continuing studies to determine emotional and intellectual understanding and attitudes -- and successive alterations of them if any -- regarding the possibility and consequences of discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life." One could argue, mostly because it's true, that there has been a constant array of investigations and experiments in exactly that field ever since, such as the bizarre Disney UFO "Expose" broadcast in March 1995, the victimization of Paul Bennewitz, or the MJ-12 "documentation."

The Brookings is a remarkable and influential organization, often referred to as "America's oldest think tank." Their lineup has changed consirderably since 1960, and their current member roll is very impressive -- you can get an overview from the invaluable research tool They Rule:

Brookings Institute members list They Rule

Dangerous Information in Biological Systems

Of course, don't mistake me for some kind of hippie -- it's not all sweetness, light, and increasing intelligence. On a biological level, there really is "dangerous information," so dangerous it's frequently fatal. I'm referring to viruses, which are merely packets of information which serve to disrupt the functioning of the larger systems they infect. These days, I could also be referring to the scariest monster of the 22nd Century: prions, which is an abbreviation for "proteinaceous infectious particle." Even wiki makes it sound like a f***ing horror movie: "All known prion diseases affect the structure of the brain or other neural tissue, and all are currently untreatable and fatal."

Prions are mysterious critters, and so far as I know, nobody's proposed a "conspiracy theory" origin, such as government and military labs or rogue South African nihilists deliberately creating a brand-new nightmare for Earth humans. Biowarfare has come a long way since Jefferey Amherst was planning the distribution of blankets laced with smallpox to the local "Indian" natives during the French and Indian War. (By the way, many revisionists try to claim Amherst was really a great guy, but unfortunately for them, historians have an actual copy of the letter where he discussed the smallpox blankets: you can read it here.)

Laura K. Donahue Drops Science

So it would appear pretty damn clear that we should be keeping information about viruses and biowarfare under wraps, right? Wrong, though. Most folks who have considered the situation have reached a conclusion at least vaguely similar to my own: if you're faced with an uncontrollable situation, trying to maintain control is probably a waste of effort. There is no inherent security in maintaining biowarfare secrecy, and in fact you make the general public more vulnerable because they're uninformed and unprepared. There was an excellent Washington Post op-ed piece in 2005 by Laura K. Donahue, titled "Censoring Science Won't Make us Any Safer", which argues the case better than I could:

Biological information and the issues surrounding it are different. It is not possible to establish even a limited monopoly over microbiology. The field is too fundamental to the improvement of global public health, and too central to the development of important industries such as pharmaceuticals and plastics, to be isolated. Moreover, the list of diseases that pose a threat ranges from high-end bugs, like smallpox, to common viruses, such as influenza. Where does one draw the line for national security?

Terrorists will obtain knowledge. Our best option is to blunt their efforts to exploit it. That means developing, producing and stockpiling effective vaccines. It means funding research into biosensors -- devices that detect the presence of toxic substances in the environment -- and creating more effective reporting requirements for early identification of disease outbreaks. And it means strengthening our public health system.

Keeping scientists from sharing information damages our ability to respond to terrorism and to natural disease, which is more likely and just as devastating. Our best hope to head off both threats may well be to stay one step ahead.

No Conclusions, Just Opinions

Of course, this is unusually fertile territory with prime real estate in dozens of different disciplines. I have not even begun to do it justice here. I'm also curious if anyone reading this disagrees -- specifically, curious about why.

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  • 1. Thirtyseven on Sep 03, 2007 at 7:08 PM permalink

    Grant Morrison, being the being he is, is fascinated by Prions, and advocates studying and learning from ‘em:

    So to fight back against that, if you feel you must, you have to study your prey. Imitate Mickey Mouse and Coca-Cola, co-opt them and their colors and their methodology. Anyone who’s using the techniques of the imagined opposition has got my vote, y’know? Be beautiful and seductive so that culture wants to eat you up. Be like a prion, an unstoppable replicating germ in the guts of the body politic. Be the little pill that culture swallows, the drug that changes everything and forces new vision. Be the infection that brings shamanic crisis. Be the loving poison that Things As They Are cannot recover from.

    From an interview with Arthur Magazine.

  • 2. ZooBot on Sep 03, 2007 at 7:21 PM permalink

    Is secrecy ever justified?  Well, that’s none of your damn business!
    Although, I find, when anything has to be justified, it’s usually pretty sketchy!

  • 3. Margaret m Flowers on Sep 03, 2007 at 8:12 PM permalink

    Keeping information secret is the same thing as making something illegal...It doesn’t stop the “bad guys” it only keeps John Q in the dark....which is right where they want him.
    And although I spend too much of my time in this matrix of information and I love every minute of it lemme tell you, the time for politicking and intellectualizing and open forums is over...Evolution is in order and if we’re not quick about it, we’re fucked in a real big way.  Collectively. 
    We live in a very shiny third world country under a fascist government which is taking us all to hell and making us pay for the cab ride there.
    We are up to our collective eyeballs in Kali Yuga, and I don’t think I’m being very profound or farsighted when I state with absolute certainty the THE END is Here.
    I was in NYC a couple of years ago outside of Trump’s Tower.  I saw this capitalist with gold plated ceilings step over a homeless guy on his way to his waiting limo.  I still kick myself that I didn’t have a camera with me. 
    We don’t care about anything or anyone.  It doesn’t matter that YOU might care or that HE might care, as a collective we don’t give a fuck for the rest of the world or even our childrens’ future.
    Are we free?  Yes.  Yes in fact we are.  We’re free to march on the white house and drag those assholes out of office.
    Will we do it? NO. Why?  Well, because “The Sopranos” is on tonight.

  • 4. Thirtyseven on Sep 03, 2007 at 8:42 PM permalink

    ^^So how do you integrate that into a new strategy?  Do you?

  • 5. Dr.Druid on Sep 03, 2007 at 11:10 PM permalink

    Hey man, good article. I can’t disagree, so why am I posting? I guess I agree with everyone here, I’m sick of conspiracies but they exist, I think evolution is the order of the day. So I plan to evolve, and you Thirtyseven helped me. So thanks, we can only do something about all these problems and more when we become one, thats harder than it simply sounds. And it is simple, yet rock solid. No one can make people care, the media plays a big role in this game… Infomation is power, but mis information is rife, and can set you back, While inadvertingly moving you forward. Put simply, there is no spoon, there is fuck all we can do about any of this, nothing at all. But my intuition tingles all the time telling me this will all end. The Orwellian nightmare scenario cannot maintain itself without fear and a sprinkling false flags, they must be scared to pull this shit off, yet the media is their charm to shield the truth and distort our own group reality. Acting as a false conscious telepathic link the people who own T.V.’s (nearly everyone) share. I’m still catching up, but without the media I think the world would be allowed to grow untampered - Not all media mind just the corporate owned and the blatant ones living inside the box. Yet I know being outside the box leads to the Socrates effect. And who wants to be another mad man, well me actually, though not by choice. I’ve been wrong for so long I guess I think we all can prove our own conclusions, nothing is right and nothing is wrong. This isn’t real, yet it is. There is no definitive answers inside a fake duality. Just choices to make and things to choose to pay attention to, or not. I would like however, to have a different reality to choose in, how do we get that en mass, that question is beyond me. This is my new home ConCen sucks, in a bit wink

  • 6. George on Sep 04, 2007 at 12:49 AM permalink

    Man, I hate to say it, but, yes. Sometimes, secrecy is justified when you’re speaking in terms of “the masses”. They’re a dull bunch, and more important, they react without thinking when in large groups. They move in the herd mentality. For example, I have zero doubt, that when faced with an issue on a large scale, country-wide E.T. contact, let’s say, the public will react exactly how they’re portrayed in movies. They’ll run screaming, trampling over any other human in their way, and the others will begin shooting at...whatever it is they think they see.  On the flip-side, a majority of the herd will look to the government and the military to save them...from what, I don’t know?
    I’m not trying to make myself out as some enlightened genius, however, instead of melting my brain in front of America’s Next Top Douchebag, I take interest in subjects like this, that may very well prepare me for such incidents that may or may not happen on a large scale. In more realistic terms, I like to prepare myself for what will probably happen, like, mass disease outbreak, or even an in-house military situation, where I might need to bunker down for a while, and take up arms would-be captors.
    Should the government keep secrets from us? No, but, there’s also the danger of yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, if you know what I mean. Some us will be able to handle it, whatever “It” is, and some of us won’t. And it’s the those who won’t who frighten me.

  • 7. maggie flowers on Sep 04, 2007 at 1:17 AM permalink

    In response to thirty seven’s questions, even though I’m not sure you were addressing me...were you?
    When I ponder (and I DO ponder) what we as human beings and more pointedly American human beings can do...really do in an effort to stop this government from killing us all, something very simple in theory (and successful in History)comes front and center.  Passive resistance.  Massive passive resistance.  Like Gandhi said (and I might be paraphrasing) “They cannot kill us all.” But if “they” continue on this path they will indeed kill us all.
    Non violent resistance is our right as American citizens, and in the light of what OUR government’s doing in it’s attempt to take over the world, it is our duty as citizens of this OUR country to resist. 
    How do we do that?  That’s the hard part.  People are machines...they think they’ll have to give up stuff and we like our comforts don’t we.  They don’t see that they/ we have already given up so much..our freedom, our rights, our money our time our children to war...our voice our control..everything that matters we are on the verge of losing...our clean air and water our spiritual development, our fellow citizens...I could go on all night with this list.
    We don’t even realise how much we give up without even a whimper.  But ask someone to ride the bus or get rid of their SUV and you’ll hear them bitch.  It’s so backwards.
    After the screaming in my head slows to a whimper, I look at our leaders and what is their motivation...GREED.  Everything else stems from this one deadly sin.  So to fight them and win, you need to hit them in their weakness...Greed is that weakness.  We pay for everything they buy/do. From the limo they get carted around in to the bombs they give to Saudi Arabia...they buy that stuff with our taxes. And because they are spending OUR MONEY on THEIR WARS, we can’t afford health care and our kids can’t go to college. And more and more of us can’t even eat every day or live in a fucking house.
    So what can WE do?  What do I think is a new strategy? First stop paying taxes.  Refuse to pay 3bucks for a gallon of gas.  Stop driving your car..park it or sell it and buy a scooter or a bike or ride the bus or fucking walk...remember walking?  Send letters and petitions to Washington telling the boys on the hill that until they start doing what we hired them for we’re not going to pay them.
    If they want us to pay taxes then start a flat tax because that’s the only fair tax.  And put that money OUR MONEY to good use.  Educate our people and feed and house our elders and care for our sick.
    Do you think it would get some press if one morning instead of 5 or 6 people waiting at the bus stop, there were 50 or 60? At every stop? And what would happen if the next day there were 100? Or instead of the usual traffic jam there were people on bikes and scooters and walking to work.
    What would happen if a couple thousand people stopped paying their taxes and instead put that money into the community where they live?
    What would happen if a couple hundred thousand...say all the people on “myspace” picked a week and all of them for that week (not a day that’s not long enough) and did not drive or buy anything?  What would happen?  I don’t really know but I ask myself this and I would like to know.
    I do know one thing and I learned this from the 60’s.  It doesn’t take everyone to get a movement started.  That tendency we have to follow blindly works to our advantage if you can get a core movement going and get some press.
    What would happen if George looked out his window one morning and there were a couple million American human beings looking back with a sign that read “We want to talk to you.” Or better yet; “You and Dick are fucking fired!”
    As for me in my little one person resistance.  I take the bus I sold my car and I bought a bike and I am working up the courage to refuse to pay my taxes.  I’m a 54 year old woman.  I don’t own property, I don’t have medical insurance and I work two jobs.  I’m not a big brainer, and I love this Sacred place and I am embarrassed to be an American.
    I hope I don’t sound like a fool but you asked for my opinion. At least I think you were addressing me.
    I am open for suggestion and ready to fight the good fight.  As long as there’s no fighting involved

  • 8. Dr.Druid on Sep 04, 2007 at 8:41 AM permalink

    Unfortunately the press is corporate controlled, as is the government in both America and Britain. Britain, my home is completely becoming a police state. Under a left wing government this is a farce, yet the people in general are politically apathetic. And the right and left paradigm is an illusion used by the betters to polarise the underlings. I know this to be true in America, with a huge number actually believing that Saddam Hussain was in some way linked to 9/11. They’ve dumbed us down, so in response to George, what came first, the chicken or the egg? And if the masses do react so badly, which I don’t agree with at all, then whose to really blame? Could it not be that the Alien question opens up the key to perpetual free energy? Hence leaving the elite few powerless to keep control of the rest of the world? If fuel was free would that not make the nations with the biggest populations the world leaders? You will not get the press support needed for a revolution, passive or otherwise with the corporations and financiers in control of them. The games rigged, maybe this needs to happen, we need to learn about the dangers of being politically apathetic by living through the experience. The criminalisation of the government in part has already occured, yet the people live in their own bubbles fearing to talk to the stranger that sits next to them on the bus to work. As soon as we leave our houses we find ourselves being dragged back into the herd mentality for fear of looking strange, appearing different. So I have no answers, though I can see this question opening different debates and triggering different ideas, this is good, this is why I’m here. I’m growing all the time yet the answers are still far away. Part of this growing seems to be the ability to let go of idealism and to see the wood and the trees, and this could go either way my friends. They must fear us, all this propaganda and the rise of the police state on both sides of the pool must be manifesting out of fear, the fear of the powers that be of the people and the lies they’re waking up to see a false.

  • 9. Suetopia on Sep 04, 2007 at 8:01 PM permalink

    In response to this quote shown above:

    It contains some of the most sane and reasoned considerations of ET civilizations, especially this gem: “It is possible that if the intelligence of these creatures were sufficiently superior to ours, they would choose to have little if any contact with us.”

    Is it equally possible that the “Horton Hears a Who” theory is true - that there are civilizations ultimately so much infinitely smaller than ours that we just can’t hear them when they do try to contact us?  After all, look how we treat our children and they are right in front of us.  I can’t imagine that a million screaming Whos on a dust speck would garner our attention. . . .

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  • 11. Tim Sandgren on Sep 05, 2007 at 4:18 PM permalink

    Great work! I agree that openess is a great general rule. However, sadly I also believe that the rate or speed of a much needed spreading of knowledge should be limited. Releasing all dangerous and worrying info in the biggest news media at once would create disaster in society i think. A good thing to ponder is how to spread the information in such a way that it is quick and yet keeps society ordered enough to not create a lot of harm. I guess that is the million dollar question in the new “age of aquarious”.  wink

  • 12. Thirtyseven on Sep 05, 2007 at 6:25 PM permalink

    Wow.  I’m very grateful for the responses, I think a lot of the concepts and explorations here outshine the actual article.  I’m currently on the move and far from my laptop, but I just wanted to thank everyone for beaming me some brainfood.

  • 13. maggie flowers on Sep 06, 2007 at 3:17 AM permalink

    I don’t mean to hog the blog, but this article focuses on a couple of things that are of great interest to me.
    One is keeping information secret.  Knowledge is power and fear stems from NOT knowing what’s going on. And defensive or violent behavior is a reaction borne out of ignorance.  What do we fear? The unknown.  Furthermore, imagination, nine times out of ten,creates scenarios that turn out to be much worse than the actual event. So I disagree with the practice of keeping Joe schmo in the dark, and I think that believing that it is the right or wise thing to do is proof that the propaganda is working. 
    I mean WHY do you think the public would behave violently to an alien presence?  We have never experienced this event so you must think that way because someone suggested that that would be the public reaction.
    And on the subject of a visit from outer space...I don’t really see aliens swooping in here all War of The Worlds style to blow us to smithereens.  It’s not logical nor is it practical. Consider this: If these extraterrestrials have the technical ability to get here from wherever they come, surely they have the technical ability to “blow us up” from home base.  Coming all those light years to destroy us just doesn’t make sense to me.  I think if/when they come (if they’re not here already) it will be to help us guide us enlighten us.  And let me state that I believe they have been here in the past and more than once. There are many things ( ancient airstrips, hieroglyphs carved in the earth obviously meant to be seen from very high above, cave drawings of beings that are definitely not human, Biblical descriptions of chariots of fire in the sky..UFOs?, and subtler things like leaps in collective intelligence that are really unexplainable without considering the possibility of help from a higher intelligence.  And feats that were at the time impossible to accomplish...The perfection of the pyramids construction...the fact that the rocks from Stonehenge came from the other side of the I remembering that right?) anyway…
    I think that the ones who would react negatively to such a fantastic event would be the “leaders” of this world.  The very ones who are feeding us the war of the worlds bullshit.
    I also believe that these ETs will have the problem solving ability to foresee our potential and probable reaction to this perceived threat and take steps to nullify it before it happens Alla “The Day The Earth Stood Still.”
    go in light, my friends.
    end transmission

  • 14. Dr.Druid on Sep 06, 2007 at 6:55 AM permalink

    The Stones from Stonehenge actually come from Wales, apparently. The other side of the British Isle. This in itself is a epic feat if we believe the party line, that the monolithic stones were dragged by many to serve the few. Though I can believe that as it’s not that different today. Some people feel that there would at least be an archeological record of this epic journey, dragging rocks through the country side with objects this size it would have taken the population of a small town at least. And for what gain? For the wise priests to have a strange temple to worship the sun from? In those times just getting enough to eat would seem to be the most important daily problem, not building this huge oddity. The craftmanship on the joints would have taken ages to groove out, I don’t think what archeologists say makes any sense at all. Much like Egyptologists in that respect.  Something was going on, more than we’re fed by the guys in the universities. But when was a university for learning right?

  • 15. maggie flowers on Sep 06, 2007 at 11:20 AM permalink

    Oh yeah, that’s right...I knew they came from the other side of somewhere..Thanks for clarifying, Dr Druid.

  • 16. prunes on Sep 07, 2007 at 3:12 PM permalink

    Alan Moore’s “The Watchmen” has forevermore colored my views of any potential upcoming public alien visitations. I don’t want to say more and spoil it, but that plot point really hit home.

  • 17. Themikenesedude on Sep 11, 2007 at 12:23 AM permalink

    Let me just put it this way: ...

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