Relentless in its pursuit of the unvarnished truth, SECRECY shines a penetrating light into the dark, unseen world of government secrecy. This intelligent film takes measure of the tension between security and freedom, investigating whether press reports led to the death of American soldiers as well as exploring if secrecy led to horrendous human rights abuses in the War on Terror.
Through revealing interviews with a fascinating host of characters secrecy-adverse reporters; former CIA agents who experienced firsthand the deleterious effects of airing classified information; military attorneys defending accused terrorists; and everyday citizens whose lives have been touched by the government s most closely guarded programs SECRECY attempts to understand what degree of openness and transparency a democracy demands.
From the Manhattan Project to Abu Ghraib, habeas corpus to Osama bin Laden, directors Peter Galison and Robb Moss brilliantly dissect the way the power and allure of secrecy affects the course of history.
- Interview Outtakes; Extended Sequences; Extracted Stories; Audio Commentary; Filmmaker Biographies
exceptional...combines thoughtful interviews with an elegant visual look to produce an incisive examination of some of the key issues of our time --The Los Angeles Times
equal parts history lesson, meditative essay, didactic poem and call to arms. --The New York Times
Top Customer Reviews
The film consists primarily of interview clips with various individuals, including those involved in the intelligence field, former government officials, reporters, legal experts, and relatives of victims killed while conducting government business. While there are many opinions expressed, and some interesting and provocative subjects are explored, the somewhat unorganized way that the film jumps around between numerous subjects, isn't the most conducive to understanding the situation. Discussion of historical events, comments and opinions, personal experiences, and coverage of specific cases, are all mixed together.
A better approach might have been to lay a basic foundation, then focus on how the State's Secret privilege was established, and then move on to the various related subjects. While the material to do this effectively may not have been available, the producers certainly could have improved on the way the information is presented.Read more ›
This is one of them.
To me, it's important to know what is going on with our government behind the political spin we hear all the time.
This documentary is well done, informative and entertaining.
As others have pointed out, the information could have been organized in a more chronological manner. At the same time, the mosaic-like presentation made individual stories and pieces of information stand out more for me. An interesting documentary to pair with this one is Cheney's Law, which also involves the topic of secrecy.
The people interviewed that "get it" about secrecy aren't advocating more or less secrecy, in general. They're discussing the needs, costs, options and human nature. I felt that I understood why the subject can be so morose. At the end of the day, there is no right balance and everything is a matter of character and courage.
I recommend this documentary to those that like thoughtful interviews and are interested in the issues related to government secrets.
Some of this secret information our government obtained was under very questionable circumstances. Should we be allowed to go to random foreign countries and remove a person, fly them to a secret destination and question/torcher them? When is torcher acceptable? When is information gathered from torcher reliable? Should we do such practices?
The US government reports to no one. They seem to be accountable to no one. They can hide behind "secret information" to stay out of court or to give accountability.
Overall a good interesting short film. Makes you think and wonder.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Teriffic very well researched and significant other pis ode were selectedPublished 2 months ago by Aviva Lev-Ari
This is an excellent documentary that examines what secrecy is, as well as the pros and cons that should be considered when considering its uses.Published 10 months ago by The Rodgers Clinic
Violation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights goes far beyond the NSA. NSA just happens to be the worst offender of late. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by James Wilkins
good documentary on the history of the CIA in the US; how it came into being, how state secrets have been protected since the beginning. insightful and factual. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by M. Garrett
This did not really give much information. It mostly bashed the George W. Bush Administration after 9/11. It talked a lot about Guantanamo Bay and torture. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Dk
I stopped watching after the first 20 minutes, and even those 20 minutes seemed to drag on for a lifetime.Published on October 24, 2013 by SGT Pocket
I loved the insight this film gives and how real it makes it. So much is going on and most of us don't bat an eye at it. Maybe one day people will listen.Published on July 2, 2013 by Neph