Governments manufacture secrets, and the U.S. is a top producer. In the last five years, Washington has stamped “secret” on 96.6 million items and spent $150 billion on classified programs. Each year the amount of Defense Dept. money set aside for secret programs rings in at 18-19% of its total outlay. As it comes time again for the Pentagon to declare its secret budget, DTI discussed the culture of secrecy with Trevor Paglen, a geographer at the University of California at Berkeley and ...

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