Jim Miller notes that Republicans and Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

voted to make a secret National Intelligence Estimate available to every member of the House.

He asks:

How Many People Can Keep A Secret? One? Two? Five? Ten? Twenty? Up until twenty, you might have said yes to each question. But all of us know that, as the number increases, the secret is less likely to be kept.

So, what if the number is 435? Would the secret be kept? I think all of us would say no, unless those holding the secret were members of a very disciplined organization. And even then, the chance that the secret would leak out by mistake would be significant.

Years ago, I was a principal in a small software business that grew rapidly. When we reached around a hundred people we discovered that we were being ripped off by someone in the Accounts department. The cops told us that once a business grows past a hundred or so employees, the chances of hiring bad guys approaches 100%.

Miller makes the point that:

Sources and methods are usually the most sensitive parts of intelligence estimates, because knowing them may allow your enemies to get rid of the sources and to defeat the methods.

Our elected representatives will likely never know how many lives they have endangered by their foolish action. They might be singing a different tune if the plane that hit the Pentagon had hit the Capitol instead. In a semi-perfect world that might have happened. Be that as it may, our elected representatives have given scant thanks to the heroes of Flight 93 who saved their measly hides.

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