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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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