Are we less safe?

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President Obama began his first term by pledging to bring an unprecedented level of transparency to government. Although he has done that in some areas, it has become apparent that his pledge came with an asterisk: in matters of national security policy, he has largely continued and even intensified his predecessor’s secretive practices.But while the common justification for such conduct is the protection of Americans, there is much evidence that excessive secrecy actually harms national security.First, it impedes information-sharing among government officials, and hampers effective coordination with our allies. It also cheapens the currency of secrecy, leading officials to exercise less care in their handling of classified information. And it results in unwise choices by executive officials who make key decisions about national security policy – for example, whether to go to war against Iraq – without the benefit of broad feedback and robust debate.Continue Reading…

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Are we less safe?


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