Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Monday, March 29, 2004

State Secrets

The Grand Mystery. What is secret until a political party wants to discredit someone, and then becomes Un-Secret?

We start out one way, then things get different.

We start out innocent little political babies believing the big line of bull in the TV ads of various candidates. Eventually we learn all that stuff isn't even ten-percent God's Honest Truth after all.

We start out believing that documents are classified Top Secret to protect national security. Eventually we learn that much classifying is done simply to cover people's rear ends— to prevent embarrassment of the classifiers.

And we started out thinking the closed-door hearings of the 9-11 Commission were private in order to keep national secrets from becoming known.

Now we learn that national security must not have been the reason. We know this because some high-up politicians suddenly want to declare the secret hearings Un-Secret, to try to catch Richard Clark in alleged contradictions in his private and public statements.

Here's a pop quiz. Which will win every time?— so-called national security, or partisan power politics?

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.

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