• 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.

  • Keep some secrets

    If the government told us everything, the world would be in complete chaos. If the government told us that the United states would possibly be bombed soon, the whole country would freak out and possibly evacuate and if the country didn't actually get bombed, the evacuees wouldn't probably come back.

  • Of course it should

    There are 3 levels of secrecy: confidential, secret, and top secret. Our Government has a policy called “Need-to-Know.” In this policy, the person, their job, and their assignment while determine how much information they will receive. The opposing side may say that if you don’t have all the information then you are putting people in danger. On this, I agree. Someone must know all the information. However, not everyone involved should know. Why? Imagine that you are one of 5 marines going in to kill a specific terrorist. You get on your Sat Phone and ask where the extraction point is. Here is where we come to a crossroads. Let’s say they tell you, “the extraction point are coordinates x,y.” You get captured during the mission, but your comrades escape. Your capturers get this information from you, go to the extraction place and kill your fellow soldiers. Now let’s pretend that you ask the question and your commander says, “We’ll tell you when the mission is complete.” You again get captured but have no idea where the extraction point is, so your buddies get home safe. If we couldn’t keep secrets, you would endanger all of our missions and jeopardize the safety of our troops.
    The government has to have secrets for National Security. No secrets means NO SECRETS. I ask the other team- do you want the passcode to all our nuclear weapons released to not only our citizens but the world? Do you want the names and locations of our spies handed freely to terrorists? Do you want the vulnerabilities in our security written down on paper for all to see? Do you want your name and address given to the world because you are a citizen? You cannot be an unknown in a world with no secrets. You cannot have safety in a world with no secrets. And you cannot have peace in a world with no secrets because everyone is plotting something, everyone is thinking about something and everyone is calculating something. If we give this information away, it will give these people what they need to destroy us.
    You wouldn’t ask yourself to have no secrets and say whatever pops into your mind because you know there will be consequences, so why would you ask that of a government who’s consequences are much more disastrous? Unless you would give all your information away, don’t expect our government to. We as Americans like to create rules for everyone but ourselves. A “No-secrets” policy is one of these rules. Sure, the Administration has made these kind of rules, but it’s not okay for us to do it back to them. For the sake of our troops, their families and our families, we cannot have a government without secrets.

  • Not all of us can handlethe truth

    Not all of us can handle the truth. Even if 90% of us can the remaining 10% who can't is still a problem (even 1% is a lot of people). Imagine that the goverment discovered that the world ends in a year. Panic and riots will arise because of that remaining 10%. I mean look at the 2012 doomsday prophecy. Even though it was just a prediction based on suspicion with no clear evidence, as many 8% felt fear and anxiety. Some even wanted to kill their family so that they won't experience the end of the world and some even commited suicide. Imagine the scale of such fear and panic if the government were to actually confirm that 2012 was real.

  • Not all of us can handlethe truth

    Not all of us can handle the truth. Even if 90% of us can the remaining 10% who can't is still a problem (even 1% is a lot of people). Imagine that the goverment discovered that the world ends in a year. Panic and riots will arise because of that remaining 10%. I mean look at the 2012 doomsday prophecy. Even though it was just a prediction based on suspicion with no clear evidence, as many 8% felt fear and anxiety. Some even wanted to kill their family so that they won't experience the end of the world and some even commited suicide. Imagine the scale of such fear and panic if the government were to actually confirm that 2012 was real.

  • Only some things

    Certain secretes should be kept like military spies and things like that but we have a right to know about all the technology and other things like that that the government hides from us. We should also have access to those technologies. For example the space shuttle from the sixties is still high tech to the general public and we dont have access to alot of things in it. We can benefit from certain secrets but to many secrets can severally hurt us

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The result of secrets.

    Secrets turn into lies, lies into deception, deception into corruption. The moment we started keeping secrets, we turned our government into an institution that breeds corruption. People need to start understanding the cause and effect of things. If we wish to live in a peaceful world, a world that is not perfect or utopian but one where we do not cause ourselves harm, we need to hold ourselves and each other to a higher moral standard. If you cant keep secrets you cant be corrupt. This of course should not apply to the what you are doing at home where the most powerful thing you have is a knife or a 9mm pistol but when you have nukes, powerful armies and a piece of paper with ink on it that people kill for.... You should not be allowed to have secrets.

  • These people think they are the elite.

    Where do these people come off thinking that they are more capable of handling these situations? Who do they think they are telling everyone what they should/should not know. Just as much as this "elite" team feels they must be aware of what's going on, so should the rest of the society. No more keeping secrets from the public for the wellbeing of us all.

  • Secrecy in government is a slippery slope to corruption.

    Once an individual or agency given the right of secrecy becomes corrupt, fixing that corruption is so difficult as to be nearly impossible. The ONLY way to effectively prevent corruption is 100% transparent government. This means our government would be forced to use outwardly peaceful and honest foreign and domestic policies, which would undoubtedly be good for the world and lead us towards lasting peace. For example, instead of spying on other countries and manipulating them, we would be forced to use dialogue. Instead of covert imperialism we would be forced to use our military defensively and ethically. 100% transparency is the only way to secure an ethical and honest government.

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