Transparency

transparency

When we know what's going on we can change it.

 

Knowledge

knowledge

The more we know, the better ideas we have.

 

Rationality

rationality

The more objective thinking we do the better decisions we make.

 

Compromise

compromise

We all live together and and depend on each other.

 

Thousand of law enforcement requests for electronic surveillance remain sealed from public view long after the investigations that spawned them are over. It has become habitual for government agencies across America to request and receive perpetual sealing of these activities away from public view.

The majority of the secret files are not hidden because of state secrets or other justifiable reasons; it is simply various jurisdictions keeping their activities unavailable and unquestioned, even for as mundane cases as robbery and drug crimes. Nearly all other judicial proceedings are eventually made public and completed surveillance should be also.

Our brains have an affinity for hording and self-preservation as survival mechanisms. Put those together and you can have the senseless result above.

"Secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction." ― Edward Teller

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