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Should a country/government give all its information to the citizens/public? If no, what information should the country not release?

This question is inspired by WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. I was wondering if you guys think there is some information about your country that the government can keep to itself. Or should you be granted access to all information regarding your country? This question is mainly about transparency and the government's right to have privacy from its citizens.

After some Googling, it seems this question is about open governments and how open they need to be for "effective public oversight" (thanks Wikipedia).


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  • Oct 8 2013: As bad as it sounds, the Goverment withholding certain information from us is not always a bad thing. Lets face it, we can't trust everyone in our country. So if we just open up any sensitive information to the normal everday puplic it poses a serious risk to our country as a whole. So we have to make a decison on which is more important our safety or being in the know
    • Oct 21 2013: Hunter,
      Re-read what you wrote: "Lets face it, we can't trust everyone in our country...."
      You can't trust your own government for crying-out-loud.
      Think. Please.
      Being in the know is more important than our safety because our safety depends upon
      I don't know about you, but I am an adult and I want the truth, because I value it, live by it, trust it,
      and want to continue to be able to recognize it and act on it.
      The truth doesn't pose a serious risk to us/US. The truth only poses a risk to those who don't want others to know what they are doing.
      You have simply been told what to believe and what to think and then based on those two, what to say and what to do, i,e, in this case write.
      I find it hard to believe that is solely your own belief because if you were to look more deeply at what authority has been telling you, you will find it is mostly lies, propaganda and with ulterior motives that do not benefit you or the rest of society.
      Do not let authority be the truth. Perhaps you already have. Truth is the authority.
      That can lead to and is known as being artificially intelligent or being a mental robot.
      If there is nothing to hide because nothing wrong is being done, then why do those
      in office work harder and harder for more and more secrecy? It isn't to protect us/US.
      It is to protect them.
      Because they have lots to hide.
      Please learn to think more critically.
      • Oct 26 2013: Random, I re-read several times what Hunter said. The first time I had no doubts what he meant. Then I read your comments and went back to Hunter - read it twice trying to see how you could react the way you did. I conclude that you completely got him wrong. For your benefit, he should have said "can't trust ABSOLUTELY everyone". But I have no doubt what YOU said. You think ALL of us have the right to see ALL the information that the government has that is used to form strategy and policy. Since the government has all of YOUR financial and medical history, that should be made available too. You're probably right about one thing Random, that I don't agree with you. You have a very narrow viewpoint of political motivation and you contradicted yourself several times.

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