[B]ut there are also unknown unknowns
-- the ones we don't know we don't know
You have no respect for excessive authority
or obsolete traditions.
You're dangerous and depraved,
and you ought to be taken outside and shot!
--Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun
I'm sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
--Give Me Some Truth, John Lennon
You see what no one else can see,
and now I'm breaking free.
For your eyes only, only for you
--For Your Eyes Only, Sheena Easton
Per the most recent Wikileaks, the White House said,
"Such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals and people around the world who come to the U.S. for assistance in promoting democracy and open government."
Wrap your mind around that for a moment. The U.S. government is bound in secrecy, yet espouses "democracy and open government". This is a no-go theorem. The U.S. government is open to a select group which is privy to the details, the group which conducts back room deals and signs secret treaties -- a professional class, beyond citizen supervision. It is from these events that wars are sprung.
How has democracy arrived at the point that truth must be classified and digested by an anointed class which then determines what we, the canaille, can view? Is truth so fungible that it can't be displayed without an official redaction?
How can we claim a democracy if our citizens are uninformed concerning the actions of our leaders? Secret budgets and hearings, secret prisons and programs do not comport with an open society. Is secrecy now integral to democracy? If so, how do we differ from all the other -ISMS, to include terrorism, for the basis of all terrorism -- whether state-sponsored or individual -- is secrecy?
The reliance on secrecy tags the U.S. as a reactive player on the world scene. If we were leaders, the truth would be something with which other players would be required to deal. Reaction to truth should be a definition of policy, but that is the exact opposite of the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©)
The PWOT © is and was based upon deception, lies and illegality, and that's neither a lie nor a secret.