Since WikiLeaks and the Snowden Files we learn more and more about the secret dealings of our governments. All of which are wrong and a waste of taxpayer money.
Hardly anyone dares to talk about the underlying issue though. The issue being, that anything public (sic!) does not allow for secrecy. In this case, the world is black or white. There is no gray area. And Glynsky is plain wrong, when he says: “some secrecy is needed”. Public dealings and secrecy are mutually exclusive.
You, as a private person, have every right to privacy and secrecy. It is nobody’s business for example how you vote. That is a fundamental part of democracy.
In a democracy we give more power to few people, to act on behalf of all of us. That includes members of government, members of parliament, judges, policemen, civil servants, etc. All these people have more power than you or me, the normal citizen, and exercise this power over us, the normal citizen.
In exchange for that extra power, every single one of their actions has to be comprehensible. Everyone in public office has to be under scrutiny. And that of course forbids any secrecy and secret dealings. There is a name for governments, which act incomprehensibly, without checking, in secret. It is called tyranny.
Let us look at some examples.
If the government spends (your!) money, you have the right to know why, how, and who gets it. Thus we have public tenders. And you can be certain, if something is ordered without public tender, corruption takes place.
Whenever a judge, who holds a public (sic!) office, issues a super-injunction, injustice takes place. The one linked to was issued to cover up corruption. Which is a prime example of how one injustice leads to the next. The exact same is true for all the secret court orders in the UK and the US. Whether it is about spying on people, throwing them into prisons like Guantanamo, secret interpretations of the constitution, or other secret orders.
Secrecy is the opposite of justice and lawfulness. Secret courts are the prime example of a corrupt and lawless state.
So, whenever someone tries to sell you the idea of government secrecy, he or she is planing injustice and/or a crime. Because you as a citizen have the right to hide things. Not any public official.
If you are in doubt, then check the history of government secrecy. Who started all this crap?
For one, there is the concept of religious confession to a person in secret. In the Roman catholic church, that gave huge powers to the priests and in extension the Vatican. Every Catholic monarch confessed to his priest in secret, to hide his unlawful dealings from the public. You Brits are still caught up in this monarchy shit. As a result, the Pope was the best informed person in the world in medieval times and made plenty of use of all the secrets he knew.
What about secret services/agencies/police?
Just read the history of Joseph Fouché. He terrorized the French for decades with his spies and secret police. Check any of the secret police organizations on this list. If you need more recent proof, that secret government agencies are nothing but crooks, read this article:
CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress
And no, Glynsky, there is no “good” secret police or agency. I know that your Prime
Idiot Minister mistakes James Bond movies and TV shows for reality. But all secret agencies act outside of the law, illegal, without scrutiny, abusing their powers every single day. They commit crimes every day. And they have yet to produce any success. If you ask for proof, they will tell you it is a secret. Only a moron buys into that illogic.