The mind absolutely boggles.
Do TheIdiotsInCharge not get it? Security by obscurity has never worked.
With the sheer number of people looking at these things, you can't keep anything baked into widely available hardware secret anymore. It just can't be done. Why do they keep trying?
How does that old saw go ... "One sign of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, each time expecting a different result" ... By this metric, either the chip manufacturers or their government handlers are clinically insane. Or both. I'm not sure which option worries me more.