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  •  There is no such thing as uninformed consent. (23+ / 0-)

    Governments derive their just authority from the consent of the governed.

    Whenever our Government acts in secret, our government acts unjustly.

    Bombing Iran is far more dangerous than Iran getting The Bomb.

    by JesseCW on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 08:40:29 AM PDT

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    •  Haha! Your "[w]henever our ... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... Government acts in secret, our government acts unjustly" reminds me of that old Saturday Night Live skit during Desert Storm, with the reporters asking questions like, "Were are your troops, how many of them are there, and how would it be best to attack them."

      "Whenever" is almost as bad as "whatever" in any sentence you use it! I know you think you just wrote something profound, I'm just asking you to think about it. Thanks!

      Republicans, like Zombies, just want to get a head.

      by Tortmaster on Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 11:25:55 PM PDT

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      •  We should all know ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...troop movements, troop strengths, strategic battle decisions, tactical battle plans, all weapons technology on the drawing board, when the government is selling land, when it is buying land, how to make atomic weapons, how to make chemical weapons, where to find, store and use the ebola virus, the price of frozen concentrated orange-juice futures contracts (which would regrettably make the movie Trading Places less funny, but that's a small inconvenience), the names and locations of foreign espionage agents, the names and locations of American double-agents in foreign countries (undoubtedly causing a bit of short-term inconvenience for them), all communications with foreign governments, your social security number, your address, your telephone number, your date of birth, in fact, all the information about you on your IRS form 1040s and all schedules and attachments, everything in every U.S. Diplomatic courier's pouch, the complete contents of the government computer, cellphone, laptop and other electronic devices used by the American Abassador to the United Nations, and while we're at it, the contents of all government computers everywhere, satellite technology, government optics technology, spying technology, cryptography secrets, anti-cyberterrorism programs (down to the line), and, of course, all UFO technology that has been found.    

        Republicans, like Zombies, just want to get a head.

        by Tortmaster on Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 01:02:36 AM PDT

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      •  You do realize that prior to the invasion of (0+ / 0-)

        Iraq, we pretty much disclosed the positions of virtually all of our forces in the region, right?

        Not the best example of the "point" you're trying to drive at.

        We would never have been invading Iraq, however, had our Government not given the nod to the invasion of Kuwait.

        We would never have been invading Iraq had our government not  secretly armed Saddam and provided him with intel during his war of naked aggression against Iran.

        You argue that (sniffle!) it would be a lot hard to have a great big fun shoot-em-up if our Government were transparent.  

        I agree.

        Bombing Iran is far more dangerous than Iran getting The Bomb.

        by JesseCW on Tue Mar 13, 2012 at 09:26:51 AM PDT

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