Over the years, officials have also used it to hide controversial decisions including subverting civil groups, conducting unethical human experiments, and blatantly illegal behavior.
Classifying the activities doesn’t permanently prevent the public from finding out but it does protect officials during their tenure in power and in many cases their lifetime.
“Public officials need to be able to carry out business in secrecy,” said President Obama. “An essential part of a functioning democracy is understanding the public can’t know everything.”
“We have a great system is place but we need to change the timelines. With breakthroughs in preventative medicine and modern healthcare, our citizens are living longer and healthier lives. In order for the classification system to remain effective, the terms need to extended by 15 years.”
Although the reason wasn’t explicit, most defense analysts believe the source is the Arab Spring.
“In a relatively short period of time, there was an outbreak of civil unrest all over the Middle East. Government upheavals occurred in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen while an ongoing civil war is being fought in Syria. The result was casualties in the hundreds of thousands of civilians. Of course there is a possibility that the people had an organic growth of conscience and all of this was spontaneous,” laughed John Woo, an analyst with Common Nogins. “U.S. history and political precedent points to involvement of the American intelligence community.”