Re: "I have nothing to hide" (PostBag, June 20). It took me but a minute to recognise the wisdom in Eric Bahrt's letter, and it reminded me of the Catholic Church.
At one time I worked in the realm of the subject matter, with a security clearance that was quite literally "as good as gold", because you see, kind Eric, once a person gets such a high-level security clearance, then one becomes like a bishop, rather than like a mere priest, and it is far too expensive to let such bishops go. So the money just keeps rolling in for the bishops, and then of course for the cardinals also.
As in the Catholic Church, the likely bishops and cardinals require as many lowly priests as possible to increase the ranks, to protect their jobs and to enhance their influence and power. It just keeps growing.