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Originally posted by Matthew Dark
That is just your opinion.
If you were president, and you wanted to invite some friends and/or hookers over for beer pong, you wouldn't want everyone up on your junk getting in your face.
Now, I'm not saying that's what he's doing, but you also have to take into consideration that perhaps he's meeting with operatives who have to maintain a cover.
You remember how outraged you were when the former administration publicly released the name of an undercover CIA agent?
Just take into consideration that no matter how much we pay in taxes, there are some things that the higher ups don't have to tell us.
I can't say I'm thrilled about that prospect one bit, but I understand the need to keep certain things under your hat.
Just because you want to know, doesn't mean you need to know.
Originally posted by jam321
Did Obama ever describe what he meant by transparency?
Transparency of Bush documents-OK
Transparency of Obama's documents- NO NO
Obama is a fast speaker and people buy into what he says. What surprises me is that even when he fails to deliver, people continue to buy what he is selling.
Originally posted by mmiichael
There is such a thing as national security.
Example. High level envoys may be coming in from places that are not regular visitors. No one wants to tip off, say, the Russians, that backroom deals are being made with people they think are on their side.
The guest list may have been a gap that wasn't recognized and is now being closed.
If Obama really wanted to be secretive he could be whisked away to unrevealed safe houses unknown to the public.
Records of his Presidency will eventually be made to the public.
People will just have to live with some things being under wraps for a while.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
The people are the nation, the man is not the nation.
The unacountability in government is not in the people who are the nation's interest.
Ignorance does not keep people secure.
You Sir are advocating embracing ignorance for ignorance's sake.
For some that might be blissful, they tell me freezing to death is a pleasant experience to though.
The people are the nation, the people always have a right to know, and not just fictitious versions of events long after they have transpired and the damage is done.
A dictator is a dictator and a despot is a despot and there is no reason what so ever for an intelligent person to pretend otherwise.
The government must be accountable at all levels and it can not be accountable at any level, when any portion of it operates in secrecy and foolishy promotes acceptance of that through the politics of fear.
The site says deny ignorance not encourage it.