Inside Justice

Secrecy at Work

Between what the American public knows and what its government knows there is a gap. This “secrecy gap” includes such things as unsolved assassinations, scandal cover-ups, surveillance secrecy, what is known about UFOs, and a cabinet officer’s efforts to hide her official emails, all of which and more are covered in this book.

Over the course of more than a quarter century, few people were privy to more confidential information and played a more important role in keeping it hidden, or causing it to be disclosed, than Dan Metcalfe. And it shows in what he has written.

As founding director of the Justice Department’s Office of Information and Privacy, he was responsible for sustaining both transparency and privacy throughout the Federal Government, including on matters of national security, homeland security, personal privacy, business confidentiality, and law enforcement sensitivity.

From the birth and continued evolution of the Freedom of Information Act to the Clinton scandals of yesteryear and today to more recent efforts to combat UFO secrecy, Dan Metcalfe presents a rare look inside the system that keeps the Nation’s biggest secrets and shows that the “secrecy gap” between the government and the governed has grown to critical proportions.

Inside Justice: Secrecy at Work is at once a candid, highly readable memoir infused with sly humor, a deeply researched and argued call to action, and an unprecedented history of government secrecy that only one person could provide.

ISBN: 978-1-63755-638-2
SKU: 18-1121-01
Categories:Memorable Biographies and Memoirs, Amplify Publishing, Memoirs and Biographies, Political, Politics and Current Affairs, Political Theory and Ideology

Daniel J. Metcalfe

Longtime Director of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Information and Privacy

Daniel J. Metcalfe began working for the United States Department of Justice as a teenage intern in 1971, then as a law clerk in the Attorney General’s Office during law school and as a Trial Attorney specializing in Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act litigation. For more than 25 years, he led the Justice Department’s Office of Information and Privacy, holding responsibility for transparency and privacy throughout the Federal Government and directly supervising the defense of more than 500 FOIA and Privacy Act litigation cases. In 2007, he retired from government service to become a professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he taught secrecy law for a decade and established the first academic center on secrecy and transparency at any law school in the world. He is well known as a leading expert on freedom of information both nationwide and internationally.