The leaking of information to the public (e.g Wikileaks) does more harm than good
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Although a level of transparency should be expected from any government, the nature of geopolitics makes that an impossibility. When information is given the the population unfiltered, it is also given to the world. Technology has made a border less society, and even terrorists have google! It is naive to feel that all information should be available as not all people who would access it have positive intentions. In the case of technical documents, there are people who may also not understand it.
In a world where paediatricians are attacked by groups of people confusing their job with the allegation of pedophile, I believe that society needs a certain amount of protection from itself. Otherwise, it is like letting children have access to a gun cabinet before understanding the dangers. If democracy is agreed, and people subscribe to it, then trust must be given to these democratically elected officials that they re doing what they should.
We should also consider what this does to future information exchange. If people have knowledge that they are concerned may end up in the wrong hands, they may not share it at all. How much information could never reach the right person due to the fear of exposure.
The stream of information cannot be stopped, if someone knows something you won't make him forget it, and even if there will be closed some sites that will not stop people.
To be clear, I feel that people should be allowed to have information for students, or materials that they may need access to for lawful reasons. I do NOT feel that this access to information should extend to the public for information that is confidential, secret or potentially damaging to lives or national securities.
This site is made for public because we all have rights to know what is REALLY happening in the world, the government sometimes may hide something, that should not be hidden.
According to Joshua Philipp ("Epoch Times"): "An analysis of the recent release by Wikileaks of 76,908 reports regarding U.S. operations in Afghanistan, dating from 2004 to 2010, tell little that wasn"t already known, yet give details on operations and statistics, which were previously unavailable."
That is why I believe that Wikileaks should not be banned for giving information to people they need or maybe want to know.
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