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  •  You're interpretation... (0+ / 0-)

    ...of what the American people have voted for is just that:  your interpretation.

    To state with unequivocal confidence that the American people accept any single aspect of how the government is run based on an election is ludicrous.  People vote for their representatives based on a NUMBER of issues and can vote for someone even if they disagree with them on any number of single issues.  That's like saying Bob Casey was elected because he's pro-life and not because Rick Santorum was an idiot.  

    The fact that we have laws which protect whistle-blowers means that there are circumstances which The People have acknowledged require an act which may expose malfeasance that might go undetected due to a misuse of secrecy laws (there are also laws which make willful mis-classification illegal).

    Bradley Manning did not make policy when he gave those cables to Wikileaks.  I don't understand how you equate his actions with making policy.  What he did was expose the lies that policy was based upon.  The same thing that Ellsberg did when he gave The Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.  Now the American people have an opportunity to go to the voting booth more informed.

    I might not like the fact that it might not make a difference in how people vote (given the number of issues one has to weigh and the limited number of choices we have when it comes to candidates) , but I certainly am glad to have the information so I can cast a more informed vote...and I can work for more transparency wrt how the government functions.  I don't expect that things will change overnight or even with the next election.  However, the government now has a much harder field to hoe when it comes to convincing me (and many others) that what it says should be accepted without question or without a lot more scrutiny.

    •  Who has more legitimacy to decide (0+ / 0-)

      what is secret and what is not?

      a) The man who was vetted and examined for years by the American people and received 65 million votes
      b) a guy working alone in a room that know one knows about and no one voted for?

      Yes, people don't vote on single issues, but they do vote on general approach and philosophy, which isn't terribly correlated.  In any event, there is no possible way to argue that some random dude has more legitimacy to make the determination for all of us than the elected representatives.  It may not be a perfect correlation to what we'd do if we had a plebiscite on the issue, but it's better than the random or negative correlation with some random guy.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Wed Mar 13, 2013 at 09:44:07 PM PDT

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