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A Telephone Directory for the Office of the Vice President

The Office of the Vice President under Dick Cheney seems to cultivate secrecy as an end in itself, and not simply to protect national security or personal privacy. The OVP will not even confirm how many staff people work there, who they are, or much of anything else.

“Cheney’s office refuses to give any details to reporters,” observed Justin Rood in TPMmuckraker yesterday, noting further that the OVP “is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, so any such request would be futile.”

Similarly, a Cheney spokesman recently told reporter Laura Rozen, “If we have a personnel announcement we’d like you to know about, we’ll tell you.”

Some Americans still find this willful obscurity offensive to democratic principles, and TPMmuckraker summoned the blogosphere to help pierce the veil.

Secrecy News was able to contribute a 2004 telephone directory for the OVP (pdf), which is marked “for official use only,” naturally. Though it is no longer current — it still lists the departed Scooter Libby as assistant to the Vice President, for example — it provides a good sense of the size and structure of the OVP. It is posted here (with phone and fax numbers redacted by Secrecy News).

See further discussion of the matter on TPMmuckraker here and on The Carpet Bagger Report here.

0 thoughts on “A Telephone Directory for the Office of the Vice President

  1. I am a huge fan of freedom of information. Quite often, I find that what is kept secret from the general public is ridiculous, and is way out of line with what should be brought forward.

    I am even willing to go so far as to say that the entire government, in regards to new laws governing “security” of the general populace of the US, require the entire population of the US to give up those securities. The entire idea is retarded in my own opinion.

    However, there is something to be said, even if minimal, that it may or may not be, in keeping vital security secrets secret. I feel that we often times attack the very secrecy of our nation in a way that is not constructive.

    What should be made open should be made open. What should be secret, in the effort to protect ourselves, should be kept secret.

    The line is drawn when it’s something incredibly retarded, as it often times is.

    There’s something to be said about secrets, just weak.

  2. What should be secret… should be kept secret. I couldn’t agree more, like a certain CIA agent’s identity. When decisions are made in the interest of the OVP instead of the interest of the nation, it sacrifices patriotism for tyranny.

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