I don't want to slit Mr. Griffins throat, at least not yet anyway. I do want him to release reports that were paid for by the lowly taxpayer.
I don't seem to recall just exactly when Mr. Griffin was authorized by Congress to declare things Classified when it suits him. Perhaps you can help me with that.
Until such time, if the taxpayers funded it the taxpayers can have access to it.
Unless of course you want every government functionary to decide all on their own when they can be held accountable for their stewardship of taxpayer money.
There is an open debate between the Department of State and industries regulated by ITAR concerning how harmful the regulatory restrictions are for business. The Department of State insists that ITAR has limited effect and provides a security benefit to the nation that industry must bear. However, many companies within the affected industries disagree and argue that ITAR is stifling U.S. trade. They argue that ITAR is a significant trade barrier that acts as a significant negative subsidy, weakening U.S. industries' ability to compete. U.S. companies point to announcements in Europe by EADS and Alcatel promoting their "ITAR-free" satellites and defense items [emphasis mine]. Currently, the Department of State dismisses the burden on industry as minor compared to the security provided by ITAR. They also view the announcements of "ITAR-free" items as anecdotal and not systematic.
Until a few years ago, cryptography was considered a munition, and therefor controlled by ITAR. That is until some professor in KaliforNia published a cryptography algorithm that was hack proof on the Internet.
On that basis, as one jackass to another, I offer friendship (not agreement, just a willingness to disagree and still be friends).
I'm still laughing. Your post actually hurt me.....!!!!!!!!! (in a good way, from laughing!) <g>
Brilliantly phrased post. Of course, you're still wrong..... ;^>
On a pedestrian and purely technical basis (and I don't disagree with your theoretical point), Griffin has only the authority granted him by his charter as head of an executive branch of government as granted by Congress and, in addition, those powers explicitely granted him in this regard by the President of the United States. From my understanding of the realtionship between President Bush and Mr Griffin I am placing personal trust in George W. Bush. I trust him. That is all I have to say on that matter.
Do take care and a blessed Easter and joyous Passover to you.