Secrecy (2008)

Secrecy
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 25mins.
Genres Documentary
Keywords government, investigation, political
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Jim Sanborn Art Department Artworks 120843 9000006
Ben Rubin Art Department Artworks 120843 9000005
Jenny Holzer Art Department Artworks 120843 9000004
Josh Braun Consultant Representation(Submarine Entertainment) 120784 12000001
Peter Broderick Consultant Representation(Paradigm Consulting) 120784 12000002
Emily Jansen Research Archival Research 458 12000005
Rich Remsberg Research Archival Research 458 12000004
Jim Browne Consultant Representation(Argot Pictures) 120784 12000003
Mark C Hansen Art Department Artworks 120843 9000003
Dave Stuart Illustrator Drawings 600 9000002
Ronan Lefkowitz Performer Musician(Violin) 120819 8000005
John Kusiak Performer Musician(Guitar and Synthesizer) 120819 8000004
Sato Knudsen Performer Musician(Cello) 120819 8000003
Billy Novick Performer Musician(Clarinet) 120819 8000006
Bill Reynolds Performer Musician(Drums) 120819 8000007
Elaine McCarthy Production Designer Background Design 164 9000001
Peter Andrew Willis Performer Musician(Guitar and Synthesizer) 120819 8000009
Richard Sebring Performer Musician(French Horn) 120819 8000008
Alex Wellerstein Research n/a 458 12000006
Lincoln Caplan Advisor Project Advisor 120821 12000007
Ruth Lingford Animator n/a 483 23000001
Phil Darrell Gaffer n/a 268 15000002
Thomas Doran Key Grip n/a 263 15000001
Lisa Haber-Thomson Animator n/a 483 23000002
Tim Szetela Animator n/a 483 23000003
Randy Ward Production Assistant n/a 275 25000003
Brian Samuels Production Assistant n/a 275 25000002
Derek Frank Production Assistant n/a 275 25000001
Coll Anderson Supervising Sound Editor n/a 328 14000006
Mario Cardenas Sound Recordist Sound Recording 331 14000005
Martha Minow Advisor Project Advisor 120821 12000010
Pamela Hogan Advisor Project Advisor 120821 12000009
Jack Goldsmith Advisor Project Advisor 120821 12000008
Louise Rosen Advisor Representation(Louise Rosen Ltd.) 120821 12000011
Stephen Barden ADR/Dialogue Editor Dialogue Editor 120939 14000001
Mark Filip Sound Effects Editor n/a 327 14000004
Matt Snedecor Sound Editor n/a 229 14000003
Coll Anderson Rerecording Mixer n/a 120856 14000002
Peter Andrew Willis Music n/a 120781 8000002
John Kusiak Music n/a 120781 8000001
Judy Palya Loether Actor Herself 1 1000014
Charlie Swift Actor Himself 1 1000013
Neal Katyal Actor Himself 1 1000012
Robb Moss Director n/a 2 2000001
Peter Galison Director n/a 2 2000002
Chyld King Co-Producer n/a 170 3000003
Robb Moss Producer n/a 3 3000002
Peter Galison Producer n/a 3 3000001
Steven Aftergood Actor Himself 1 1000011
Siegfried S Hecker Actor Himself 1 1000010
Ben Wizner Actor Himself 1 1000004
Melissa Boyle Mahle Actor Herself 1 1000003
Thomas S Blanton Actor Himself 1 1000002
James B Bruce Actor Himself 1 1000005
Barton Gellman Actor Himself 1 1000006
Wilson Brown Actor Himself 1 1000009
Patricia J Herring Actor Herself 1 1000008
Steve Garfinkel Actor Himself 1 1000007
Diana Barrett Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000004
Emily Pottruck Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000005
Trevor Paglen Photography Telephotography(Afghanistan) 120835 6000005
Jeremy Leach Camera n/a 120798 6000004
Brant Fagan Steadicam Operator n/a 232 6000003
Samantha Van Gerbig Photography Still Photography 120835 6000006
Joe Christofori Camera Assistant n/a 120867 6000007
Jim Ferguson On-Line Editor n/a 120811 7000003
Julie Kahn On-Line Editor n/a 120811 7000002
Chyld King Editor n/a 172 7000001
Austin de Besche Cinematographer n/a 402 6000002
Stephen McCarthy Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Susan Swartz Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000008
Jim Swartz Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000007
David Pottruck Co-Executive Producer n/a 185 3000006
Beth Sternheimer Associate Producer n/a 171 3000009
Tricia Wilk Associate Producer n/a 171 3000010
Emily Jansen Associate Producer n/a 171 3000013
Ann Kim Associate Producer n/a 171 3000012
Caitlin Boyle Associate Producer n/a 171 3000011
Mike Levin Actor Himself 1 1000001
Synopsis
In a single recent year the U.S. classified about five times the number of pages added to the Library of Congress. We live in a world where the production of secret knowledge dwarfs the production of open knowledge. Depending on whom you ask, government secrecy is either the key to victory in our struggle against terrorism, or our Achilles heel. But is so much secrecy a bad thing? Counter-terrorist intelligence officers recall with fury how a newspaper article describing National Security Agency abilities directly led to the loss of information that could have avoided the terrorist killing of 241 soldiers in Beirut late in October 1983. Secrecy guards against wanton nuclear proliferation, against the spread of biological and chemical weapons. Secrecy is central to our ability to wage an effective war against terrorism. Secrecy corrupts. From extraordinary rendition to warrant-less wiretaps and Abu Ghraib, we have learned that, under the veil of classification, even our leaders can give in to dangerous impulses. Secrecy increasingly hides national policy, impedes coordination among agencies, bloats budgets and obscures foreign accords; secrecy throws into the dark our system of justice and derails the balance of power between the executive branch and the rest of government. It causes tensions between our safety as a nation, and our ability to function as a democracy.