Governments Love Secrecy to Hide their Crimes and Totalitarian Ambitions
By: Michael S Rozeff
Jun 17, 2013
“Governments, like married couples, are entitled to their secrets” has written Richard Cohen a few years back. Which secrets? Lines have to be drawn. A government shouldn’t cover up crimes under the mantle of secrecy. It shouldn’t conceal wrongful seizures and exercises of power. This government and the preceding one under Bush have concealed the fact that they were collecting information wrongfully, namely, information on private communications. The term “national security” cannot reasonably be invoked as an excuse for doing this because it’s too vague, and almost anything can be construed as affecting “national security”. The quest for catching terrorists cannot be offered as a reason because there are bounds on searches and invasions of privacy that have long standing and that specifically apply to government and policing activities. These governments have gone way beyond these bounds and then compounded their trespasses by attempting to keep them secret.
The government has kept secret or tried to keep secret its collecting and storing information on everyone’s secret and private communications. Thanks to Edward Snowden and his predecessors, this wrongful secret has been revealed publicly. There is no crime in revealing the wrongdoing of the government by revealing a secret program of massive invasions of privacy.