Some things should definitely be kept secret and some thing should be out in the open.
Issues pertaining to national security, in general, should be secret. But not when amendments are made to laws to hide what is being passed.
While it is understandable that there is a lot of information that the government should rightfully keep from us, because it would only do harm for us to know it, more often than not, this is not the case. We have a law called the Freedom of Information Act but, in reality, we seem to continuously find out things that were covered up. I do not support what WikiLeaks has done but, if nothing else, they have shown us that our government is still hiding vast amounts of information from us. We pay their salaries and their bills, so we have a right to know where that money is going, and why.
We have been promised more transparency in government, but reports of abuse of power and mismanagement of our money permeate the news. There is an acceptable level of secrecy if our security depends on it. However, other than national security issues, the people we elect have a responsibility to keep us informed.
Over the past few years, our government has kept things from the American people that they really should have told us. I think our government has forgotten that we put them there. They are supposed to be speaking for the people, and they do not do that any more.
First let me start by saying that some things shouldn't be as secretive as they are.. but I believe that we do not need to know everything. That's just humans of course. We have the need, the drive to know everything that we can. Think about it, if the government told us, lets say.. they told us Aliens exist or something like that. Do you not think there would be a panic? A Global panic? hey keep secret what they need to keep secret.