Secrecy at Work
by Daniel J. Metcalfe
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 11 Dec 2023
Between what the American public knows and what its government knows there is a gap. This “secrecy gap” includes such things as unsolved assassinations, scandal cover-ups, surveillance secrecy, what is known about UFOs, and a cabinet officer’s efforts to hide her official emails, all of which and more are covered in this book.
Over the course of more than a quarter century, few people were privy to more confidential information and played a more important role in keeping it hidden, or causing it to be disclosed, than Dan Metcalfe. And it shows in what he has written.
As founding director of the Justice Department’s Office of Information and Privacy, he was responsible for sustaining both transparency and privacy throughout the Federal Government, including on matters of national security, homeland security, personal privacy, business confidentiality, and law enforcement sensitivity.
From the birth and continued evolution of the Freedom of Information Act to the Clinton scandals of yesteryear and today to more recent efforts to combat UFO secrecy, Dan Metcalfe presents a rare look inside the system that keeps the Nation’s biggest secrets and shows that the “secrecy gap” between the government and the governed has grown to critical proportions.
Inside Justice: Secrecy at Work is at once a candid, highly readable memoir infused with sly humor, a deeply researched and argued call to action, and an unprecedented history of government secrecy that only one person could provide.
Average rating from 4 members
I really enjoyed this memoir, which provides a deep dive into the career of Dan Metcalfe, the founding director of the Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy. While leading this department over the course of many presidential administrations, Metcalfe played a crucial role in guiding various federal agencies through the intricacies of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The book sheds light on the inner workings of government secrecy and the evolving landscape of transparency in the federal government, offering insights into how previously hidden information has gradually come to light through FOIA.
My favorite chapter delves into the realm of UAP/UFOs and includes a plethora of endnotes on the topic.
If you have an interest in topics like governmental transparency, secrecy, or law, I wholeheartedly recommend this memoir. It's an engaging read that provides valuable perspectives on these issues.