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  •  Secrecy does so much harm to us and our (2+ / 0-)
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    democracy that I really wonder whether we wouldn't be better off if we eliminated government secrecy altogether.

    But of course we needn't eliminate government secrecy altogether to eliminate -- or at least come close to eliminating -- all the abuses.  All we would have to do is to limit by law government secrecy to the things that our still republican government kept secret before World War Two: troop movements, military technology, codes and cyphers, that sort of thing.

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Wed Sep 09, 2009 at 08:49:43 AM PDT

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    •  I can agree with that. (3+ / 0-)
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      I do think there is a place for TEMPORARY secrecy, especially, like you said, when it comes to military technology, troop movements and the like. It really should be law, though, that everything gets released eventually unless the government can prove to a judge they have a good CURRENT reason not to allow that for some particular piece of information. I know it's already supposed to work like that to a degree, but it seems like there are too many loopholes.

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