Some people cant handle such graphic detail in life. Society would go crazy making riots everywhere across the nation. There is a limit on things that people need to know. If everyone knew everything everyone would be paranoid and would be stressful every single day. Its right that some knowledge must be kept to them. NOT EVERYTHING THOUGH. We have a right to know what is needed.
The government should keep secrets in order to protect the security of the nation. If all the classified secrets of the government is released, it can become a disaster. For example, the terrorist may gain access to important military information and use them to harm the nation. It is very important to keep the secrets safe.
My opinion is that the government has to have secrets. However, I believe that the government often gets to be too interested in keeping things secret when they do not need to be kept from the people.
I do not think that the people should have all the information that the government has. For example, the people should surely not know the names of spies that our country has who are working in other countries. Disclosure of this information would lead to these spies becoming worthless (or getting killed). The people should also not know the specifics of our military plans or the exact capabilities of our weapons. This would allow our enemies to have more of a chance to defeat us.
The government should and needs to keep secrets from the general public. These secrets are usually concerned with national security issues. If everyone knows what is going on in terms of operations, with social media, there is no way that the information would not be leaked overseas and to potential terrorist groups. It isn't an option for the government to be open and honest about every single action they take.
Of course the government should keep secrets because certain secrets might protect the nation against terrorists as well as ourselves. Terrorists should not be given any aid in their efforts to terrorize, and disallowing them from knowing every detail about governmental actions might help to prevent inadvertent aid. In addition, the citizens of each country are simply better off not knowing certain things to which the government may be privy. For example, if the government had proof of contact with extraterrestrial beings, said proof should be kept a secret. No one could predict how people would react to such information, it might cause widespread panic.
Sometimes it's best to be kept in the dark, because especially in this post 9/11 world we don't know who to trust anymore. There are plenty reasons for secrecy because, if vital info and intelligence gets into the wrong hands, it will be hell in a hand basket. That's why.
The government should keep secrets from us to protect our nation and save lives. The less you know the better. Just stay quiet and live your life. No reason for you to be all up in the governments business. This is the United States of America love the country fight for the country and shutup.
Think about it: How much do we really need to know about the secret innerworkings of the government? Do we need to know about atrocities, weapons, secret missions, secret experiments performed by the agencies of our country? The answer is no. If the government wanted us to know about these things, they would tell us. Do we want to release ways to make nuclear weapons that could be used to devastate the nation? Or would you rather keep that secret? It's essentially the same thing as doctor/patient confidentiality: they tell you nothing because it's none of our business.
I believe that people need only to look to themselves to realize why they should. Everyone has secrets, but not every secret is bad or kept secret for bad reason. Think about your own secrets and why you don't blurt them out to everyone you meet. The government is not full of idiots either, many of them are educated professionals. I mean how many parents lie to their kids because they aren't ready to learn there isn't a Santa Claus or the reality of sex. A peoples government takes into consideration ALL people, so even if some could handle the truth, perhaps ALL people cannot.
Why should the government share top secret information with us? Telling us information about this stuff will most definitely get overseas to potential terrorist groups and they will no longer be "secrets". It's not like the government will trust 7billion people to not tell anyone else. Some people can't handle the truth. They could start uprisings and rebellions.
For example, if you knew the juiciest gossip in the schoo about a person from a rival schooll, would you tell everyone in your school and expect them not to tell anyone else? Even if you did, people would get mad and start fights and end up getting kicked out of school.
As the government we have here in America it's supposed to be a government for the people and by the people so if it's by the people the people deserve to know. The people have the right to know what the government is doing, whether it is hard to understand or hard to take it all in, the people need to know what it is doing! They need to know what the government is doing so if they disagree with it they can change the people in charge. But military circumstances are different.
The government keeping secrets only shows how low it's expectations are of its citizens. Not only does it undermine the overall maturity of how citizens will react to new information, it also forces the citizens into a belittled mind state. We the people are what make this nation and its government; so we the people also have the right to be aware of all government activity. There is no justification for these secrets. Not only do government secrets make the people of this nation feel below the government it also makes the other nations of the world feel more defensive against us. We, as well as the rest of the world, already know that the US is accepted as the strongest nation in the world but the greed and insecurity of our government makes us seem weak. We need to realize that we all live in this world together as neighbors. There should be no reason we are fighting one another anymore; we are moving into the age of a global economy..It time we come to a global consensus
This should especially be true for our employees who we vote to represent us in office.
No secrets, no spying, no taking away our privacy or taking away our rights. Why is it that the constitution which is the foundation of our rights is so easily ignored? Why don't they teach the constitution in school anymore? The right to privacy, the right to free speech, the right to bare arms and protect ourselves from those that take away our rights.
We are Americans and should hold our government accountable for upholding the constitutional rights that our forefathers died to protect and put in place for us.
It's a free country, not an authoritarian regime like North Korea. Knowledge should be available to the public at all time no matter what. It will actual benefit the country and knowledge and freedom makes a country prosper no matter what. The government is corrupt when it wants to hide secrets.
A nation that keeps secrets and prosecutes whistleblowers is a nation that is devastatingly corrupt and has an agenda different from the one being conveyed to their people. We shouldn't be living in a world were secrets are kept for our own good. We shouldn't have governments that support the interests of big corporations.
If the government that we established back when we signed the constitution "for the people, by the people" and if we are not informed and educated on the decision our government and court makes then basically we seem to be ran by a government that we have no idea or clue of what or when something is taken place. Freedom of press is the ability for all the media to communicate with the people of the US about not only "celebrities, pop culture, etc." but political decisions and government decisions that we have the right to know about. Isn't that was a DEMOCRACY is suppose to be?
The government should not keep any secrets, as there is no need to, and it's just an excuse to abuse power. So no, the government should not be allowed to keep secrets of any kind whatsoever, and it's time we begin demanding the government stop keeping secrets from us in this fashion.
The government and every human being makes decisions based on the information he/she has in hand. When this information is mutilated or kept secret it impairs our capabilities of decision-making. Imagine for a moment that no one ever gave you the information on how to cure the common cold, wouldn't it be harming your life not knowing this information?
The very word secrecy is repugnant, as JFK warned of the military-industrial complex which is ruled, supported and governed not by the American people but by a few evil persons which only make decisions to further their personal benefits. The truth will always come out sooner or later, no matter how hard and how many resources are spent in safekeeping information. What we need in this world of ours is not safekeeping information, it's sharing information, it's sharing the essential quality of human life. Without people sharing, loving and caring for one another we would've gone extinct thousands of years ago. This is why the ancient greeks dedicated their lives to make this world a better place for everyone and the future generations. Let us dedicate ourselves to that so we can be free and independent at last.
When a government is allowed to keep secrets from its citizens, it implies that a government can act as its own entity rather than an extension of its citizens. It has become so that a country and its government are NOT one and the same. Governments often run their own agendas under the guise of "security" and they do this because its citizens would be appalled at what they do (e.g. Online surveillance, experimental military programs etc.). Governments should be kept on a very tight leash by the people.
You vote, you pay taxes and you're not the employee, you're the boss, we're the bosses of our country. You vote and even if the worst decision is made, it's what it has to be done, we see the consecuences, move on as society and write it in history. That's how things work, giving the right to PEOPLE in the government to keep secrecy is giving them to much power.