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Is anything really secret?  Here's my
definition of secret: "Truth of a
circumstance known only to one person."
In other words, as soon as that one
person shares the secret with another,
the secret no longer exists.  As a police
officer, you'll quickly learn that the most
formidable criminals are those who work
alone, have no trust in others, and
tenaciously cling to their right to remain
silent.

Of course, the working definition of
secret really isn't that simple.  There are
shared secrets all around us all the time.  
Some are silly and inconsequential while
others are significant to well beyond
significant.  The success or failure of any
shared secret has two things in common,
the quality of disinformation protecting
the secret, and the dissemination of the
disinformation.  The most enduring
example of dissemination of
disinformation is the Allied invasion of
Europe in 1944.  Everyone knew there
would be an invasion.  The only
questions were when and where the
invasion would take place.  The campaign
of disinformation was so successful that
Allied troops were breaking out of the
established beachheads in Normandy
while German commanders remained
divided on whether or not the real
invasion was still yet to come.
Think about the differences in
communications in 1944 compared to
today.  You might think that keeping
secrets in today's world would be much
more difficult than in years past.  Quite
the opposite is true.  Communications
technology has only enhanced the
dissemination of disinformation to a level
never contemplated by the propagandists
of 1944.  In 1944 the only forms of mass
media were radio and newspapers.  
Television was only in the development
stage, and the telephone was still a
household luxury item.  In 1944,
television, cell phones, ipods, laptops,
and the Internet existed only in the
minds of geniuses and on the pages of
science fiction novels.   

Never before in the course of human
history has information moved as fast
and in such volume as it does today, but
the one thing that has remained constant
throughout human history is the concept
of power.  Any technological advances in
information management and
dissemination will always be utilized by
those in power to protect secrets.  By
utilizing as many forms of communication
as possible in as much volume as
possible, a few can use disinformation to
create even more misinformation and
transform lies into truth in the minds of
millions.  

Here's where your choice of a police
career can go a long way in making you
immune to the propagandists.  While the
1944 invasion of Europe was a good
secret, you'll soon learn that most
secrets swirl in a sea of corruption.  
While not all police officers learn from
experience, you will have the opportunity
to develop your ability as a rational
thinker from your constant exposure to
lies and liars.
"There are shared secrets all around
us all the time.  Some are silly and
inconsequential while others are
significant to well beyond
significant." ~ Barry M. Baker
Secrets in
the
Open

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