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  •  Yes, Congress does have the authority (5+ / 0-)
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    the executive works based on delegated authority from Congress when acting pursuant to a statute, typically.  Congress' job is to keep tabs on the executive.  This is why we have a checks and balances system

    •  Of course, but does the congress have the power (0+ / 0-)

      to force the executive make public what they deem as "secret"?

      Congress have the power to make the executive reveal the secret to the members of the congress (not every member of the congress but specified groups) but do they have the power to force to executive make a "secret" public?

      The two are not the one and the same.

      "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

      by zenox on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 12:00:20 PM PDT

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      •  Because when something is made "public" (0+ / 0-)

        ...then it will not be only made "public" to the loyal voting American citizens but also to the entire world plus its uncle, if you get my drift.

        To my understanding, the Obama admin's argument in rejecting to make their "secret interpretation" public info is just that. They are not to make "secrets" public if they see harm in whole world finding about them.

        The congress member is entitled to know as a public REPRESENTATIVE, however. Can they make the secrets public, or demand them to be made public, also?

        I don't think so.

        Under the guise of "transparency," we are demanding our goverment to make its secrets public information.

        I am a voting American citizen and no I do not demand to have personal access to every government secret. In other words, I shouldn't.

        First, I don't have clearance, second, whatever info I have access to will also be accessed by everyone else in the world.

        That's why we have a REPRESENTATIVE government. We do not micromanage our government.

        "Corruptio Optimi Pessima" (Corruption of the best is the worst)

        by zenox on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 12:11:42 PM PDT

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    •  B-b-b-but... Unitary executive!!!1! (2+ / 0-)
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      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 12:08:10 PM PDT

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