It is widely known and accepted that the United States government systematically classifies as "secret" a massive number of documents each year. This very occurrence raises penetrating key questions about the viability or danger of the government's withholding of such information from the general public. With their documentary Secrecy, Peter Galison and Robb Moss weigh the pros and the cons of this phenomenon; they illustrate the ways in which non-disclosure can often serve as an asset (as in the case of a 1983 mass murder that could have been prevented via greater secrecy), including counterterrorist maneuvers. At the same time, Moss and Galison reflect at length on the dangers of this process -- the ways in which the obfuscation of public knowledge can slow or prevent transnational agreements, create paranoia, and lead to incredible violations of personal privacy. As such, the film meditates on that difficult gray area that lies sandwiched in between democracy and national safety, and asks where the rights of the general populace begin and end.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2009
UPC: 0767685158869
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: New Video Group
Time: 1:21:00

Special Features

Interview outtakes; Extended sequences; Extracted stories; Audio commentary with filmmakers Peter Gallison and Robb Moss; Filmmaker biographies

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Secrecy
1. Title/El Masri Part 1 [4:28]
2. Levin Lebanon/Gelman Iraq [7:35]
3. Reynolds Part 1 [3:02]
4. Blanton's Histry [4:39]
5. 9/11 [7:56]
6. Seduction [1:52]
7. Hamdan Part 1 [3:54]
8. El Masri Part 2/Reynolds Part 2 [4:23]
9. The Cold War to the Modern Era [5:22]
10. Hamdan Part 2 [5:18]
11. Information Is Power [3:13]
12. Moscow, 1992 [2:13]
13. Reynolds Part3/El Masri Part 3 [5:30]
14. Lost in the Dark/Deep Well of Evil [7:48]
15. Today's Threat [3:28]
16. Hamdan Part 3 [3:12]
17. There Are No Secrets [3:47]
18. End Credits [2:21]

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