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  • people cant handle the truth

    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.

  • Yes, the government should keep secrets

    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.

  • Yes,they do anyways..

    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.

  • Yes.

    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.

  • Yes, the Government Should Keep Secrets

    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.

  • Bad guys exploit weaknesses to achieve their ends

    Sadly, most "bad guys" (terrorists, criminals, treasonous folks) identify legal/social/cultural weaknesses and exploit them to further their own selfish aims which frequently are opposed to the rights set out in our Constitution. For example, terrorists steal security plans so they can attack critical infrastructure, criminals transfer $$$ from one location to another using fake ID's to fund illegal activities, rebels plan missions using cell phones and computers to destabilize or overthrow the legitimately elected GOV. The GOV's primary mission is to PROTECT the body politic and also to ENSURE the survival of the GOV. So, to keep those who seek to harm us, who use secret means to harm, we frequently have to SECRETLY operate to stop them. Sometimes, being secret means you discover what the bad guy is doing but you don't let "him know you know" that you know. So that you later can catch multiple bad guys rather than just one. Frequently knowing the method they use, without them knowing you know, enables victory. Hence, secrecy matters (Everyone remembers ULTRA and WWII right? Should we have told all the citizens that we had broken the German Codes? How many CITIZENS lives, who were serving as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, would have been lost because some person said "I have a right to KNOW what you're doing?" Should we have announced the date of the D-Day invasion because some person said "but I want a vote on when and where we invade?"

    For EVERYONE to know EVERYTHING means the bad guys are given an open plan to exploit...Which they will do everything we are trying to do to preserve our way o' life. It means SURPRISE only belongs to the bad guys. Those seeking to protect the many need surprise on their side too.

    Regardless, the USA is a REPUBLIC not a democracy. Therefore the issue is one of representative oversight. Provided the reps have oversight, and approve, then the body politic has transparency even though it doesn't know everything.

    Most don't realize, the GOV job is to protect the people AND the institution itself, which is the vehicle used to protect the people. The USSC has repeatedly reaffirmed the right of the USG to defend itself and its people. Sometimes it has to do it in secret.

  • No were are united

    They shouldnt keep secrets from us because we have the right, Now i dont mean them to tell us everything but like alien sightings or tell us most bases are or some of the stuff they do at AREA 51 simple stuff not highly dangerous stuff like nuclear bombs or strikes on conturies because there would be agents from other contries telling our enemies and then wed all be screwed.

  • No Full Control

    Despite the fact that America is a 'Free' country. Not everyone is free, there are still limitations. The fact that the government collects taxes from all to support the others does mean that the government controls everyone in some way or form. Without control anything could happen. Controlling secrets is the same way. The government can tell its citizens of threats, but just like anyone who has their own privacy, the government should have some of their own for the better good.

  • Government has a right for privacy

    One of the most popular contemporary discussion topics is government surveillance and privacy protection. Generally, people protest against extended government control and fight for the limited government that respects personal boundaries of its citizens. Therefore, people must accept the right of the government to keep certain information classified as a part of the national security process.

  • This is a no brainer

    While I do agree that people have a right to have information, they don't need all of the government's information. If we have a spy in Russia and their name and location are disclosed to the public, other countries are bound to find out, leading to a national disaster. On top of that, with all information released, identity theft would increase exponentially, resulting in a torn nation ready to tear itself apart from the inside out.

  • No they should not

    We as the people should have the right to know what is going on with our country. If we can't trust the government then is everything a lie? What if we are at stake from nuclear war? We should be able to know inorder to do something to protect ourselves and feel safe. Like the Cuban missile crisis. Kennedy did not tell the people we were close to nuclear war. How are we supposed to be prepared? The government should not keep secrets

  • It's not right

    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.

  • Hidden truth causes obvious ignorance

    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

  • No. As our employees they should not keep secrets from us or violate our right to privacy.

    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.

  • Certainly never in a multiverse

    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.

  • No.

    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.

  • Keeping secrets doesn't protect people, it divides them.

    The government dislikes it when the people hold secrets from it, so why should they be hypocritical and do the same thing? The line will be drawn between the two groups, the ones who believe the government is doing what's best, and the ones who lose faith in their government, thus leading to losing faith in their country. Its true that some people can't handle the truth, but those people don't have to know it. Like everything else in the world, it should be up to the individual person whether they would like to know the truth about the world in which they live in. This way, if the government is open and honest then the people won't have any reason to create conspiracy theories. As long as there are secrets, the country will never be able to become a whole.

  • Keeping secrets doesn't protect people, it divides them.

    The government dislikes it when the people hold secrets from it, so why should they be hypocritical and do the same thing? The line will be drawn between the two groups, the ones who believe the government is doing what's best, and the ones who lose faith in their government, thus leading to losing faith in their country. Its true that some people can't handle the truth, but those people don't have to know it. Like everything else in the world, it should be up to the individual person whether they would like to know the truth about the world in which they live in. This way, if the government is open and honest then the people won't have any reason to create conspiracy theories. As long as there are secrets, the country will never be able to become a whole.

  • Educate the uninformed

    I agree and understand that people are not able to comprehend the intensity of some of the information being withheld from the general public and in all honesty most would likely choose to over look the information because it would be too much for them that they would simply ignore it.
    However thats all because we have been taught to do so, we have been taught to look the other way and not to ask questions.
    If we were raised to understand the issues that this world faces it wouldnt come as such a shock.
    Either way it should be up to the individual to decide whether they want to embrace the information or not.
    Rather than having a minority dealing with the worlds problems and keeping it from the majority, would it not make sense for the majority to work together and keep it from the minority who chooses to keep their heads in the sand.
    If individuals had the opportunity to participate in government funded classes to slowly reveal classified information as they learn to cope with it, would be a good start and could only be beneficial for all of us to have more outlooks and ideas.

  • We need to know

    We need to know things, so we can feel safe. And we trust the government if they gonna keep on keeping secrets. If they don't tell us the truth, than the United States is a fake country to all the citizens and to the world. People need to know the truth.


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