The asymmetry of government information disclosure in institutionalized under the rubric of national security. No released information is free of tampering to "protect national security." What is released is multi-level, with each deeper level requiring a deeper level of clearance for access. Some levels are bogus to obscure understanding, others are compartmentalized to avoid spillage between realms of access. It is not likely that the public will have access to more than comforting information. Not by government websites, by FOIA, by law-suit, by leakage, by declassification, so long as national security can be applied to retroactively, actively or prospectively control. What has evolved under this implacable regime are bountiful estimates and speculations about secret government operations, the raison d'etre of spying. All of them specious in that they appear to reveal what they do not, especially those generated by ex-officials, ex-spies, ex-military, and other exes. A key feature of national security is that it deludes secretkeepers about what they keep by the byzantine methodologies of distrust at its root: national security is based on the certainty that it will be betrayed by insiders, therefore its greatest enemy is its hyper-paranoia. National security is not about protecting the nation, its aim is to generate fear of its inevitable failure. Once this was called original sin, damnation, terror of mortality. For $10 you will receive a cellphone app of national security DIY.