• Secrecy is for the worst

    The CIA's reports are possibly angering citizens, but we must take into account the effects if it weren't released. If the government can't release information about their unethical actions, then the vital trusty between government and people will be stretched and possibly broken. Only conspiracies can arise along with the break in trust.

  • Yes, that is oppressive.

    Yes, the secrecy of the government is a bad thing, because that creates an oppressive society. In a free society, the people govern. Through their consent, a government is put in place. If the people do not know what the government is doing, they cannot possibly check and balance, to make sure the government has not gone too far.

  • It only leads to corruption.

    Secrecy enforced by the brutal fist of the government only creates more power over the people. Terrorism is the new buzzword to keep everyone willingly subjecting more of their liberties into the hands of power hungry people. Those born into society sociopath or otherwise that desire to control others are attracted to the government more than anywhere else. Here they can manipulate others to their will and claim a moral superiority through rhetoric. Challenge their claim and you are a terrorist. There have been many examples of individuals discovering terrible corruption in the last few years alone. Remember Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. They were whistle blowing on government officials and bureaus but were labeled as terrorists to silence the protest. Look up the cases along with the Abu prison punishments and you will see what I mean. Or just go on your marry way and believe that everything will be okay until the day that it isnt. An informed public is the only way for liberty to exist.

  • Secrets shouldn't be allowed

    Everyone deserves to know the truth. Keeping a secret will just make a situation worse, especially if you are a person that sucks at holding things back. The government should be more vocal about situations instead of keeping them a secret.

  • Some secrecy is needed; too much is a bad thing

    Some secrecy in government is needed, we don't need every country knowing all of our secrets simply because every country can't be trusted. Our government though believes in keeping every little detail of every thing top secret. Too much secrecy can cause trust issues between the government and the citizens. If the citizens feel like everything is constantly being hidden they will start to distrust their government.

    Posted by: jus
  • It has gone too far.

    The amount of secrecy these days has gone much too far. After 9/11, secret agencies on top of secret agencies were established, to the point that there is an entire secret structure that is costing billions of dollars that pretty much nobody knows the full extent of-- because it's all secret! Not everything can be made public, of course, but the amount of secrecy these days is simply absurd. Bush (with much help from Cheney) started it and Obama, contrary to his promises, has done nothing to improve it.

  • No they have a right not to tell us everything

    We can't just put everything out there for terrorist and criminals to know what is going on.

    The government has to walk a fine line between keeping things classified and lying to us, but in general I don't believe we have a right to know everything nor would it be good.

    There is enough second guessing and division in our country as it is, we don't need to know what the bad guys are doing or what we are planning to stop them in real time.

  • Government secrecy is not always a good thing

    Secrecy is one of those virtues, like candor, that can easily be overdone. A strong commitment to safeguarding sensitive national security information is a good thing.Both sides are guilty of assuming that secrecy can only be one thing or the other. If it's always bad, of course, then leakers should be free to share classified material with the news media. If it's always good, then anyone disclosing national security information might as well be working for Al Qaeda. But President Bush and his subordinates also have a strong interest in preventing the release of any information that might make them look bad. There is also a natural bureaucratic tendency to cover your backside by classifying more rather than less. The government now classifies some 15 million documents a year, up fourfold since 1995.

  • No one wants to know how sausage is made.

    Seriously, there are some things that the government has to do that we just don't want to know about. It involves safety, and it is not always savory. I know that secrecy can lead to rights being taken away illegally, but it's really a balance that just has to be struck. In an ideal world, yes, the government should be transparent. But this isn't an ideal world.

  • Some things are better unknown

    The government has a lot on its mind. In this day in age, not everything should be known by everyone. It could lead to panic and chaos. The government should release what it needs to, but also keep secret what it needs to. I feel the Constitution does not give us the right to know every little thing.

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