One thing we know from the annals of human history is that secrecy is generally bad. Sure, it’s important to keep secrets from time to time, but lack of openness generally leads to a lack of accountability, and we know where a lack of accountability leads. This New York Times article on support for the Taliban in Pakistan’s intelligence agency provides yet another example of how government agencies operating in secret can run amok. Despite the fact that Pakistan agreed not long after September 11 to cut off all aid to the Taliban, the Pakistan ISI was still shipping truckloads of guns and ammo across the border in October.