Government Secrecy Vs. Manning, Snowden - Kennedy Warning
President Kennedy warned about government secrecy, and now we see it glaringly obvious in the persecution of whistleblowers.
Date: 7/6/2013 11:35:44 PM ( 10 y ) ... viewed 7814 times
July 6, 2013
Government Secrecy Vs. Whistleblowers Manning, Snowden - Pres. Kennedy warning
President Kennedy referred to a "secret society" - what we know today as an insider group, or in a more poetic description - "a cabal of the usurpers of democracy that exists within the hallowed halls of government buildings".
Kennedy was being prophetic to the situation we see unfolding today, first with Pvt. Bradley Manning and now with Edward Snowden, who sought only to inform the public of the activities and crimes of government and it's military.
Quoting President Kennedy from his "Secret Society Speech" [version 2] -
"The very word SECRECY is repugnant in a free and open society"
"We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it"
"There is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand it's means to the very limits of excessive censorship and concealment."
"There is even today as we read these words an undertaking whose preparations are concealed, not published; it's mistakes are buried, not headlined; it's dissenters are silenced, not praised."
"The First Amendment protects the free press so that it will raise awareness and arouse our curiosity of into the activities of our government. The First Amendment also means that government at all levels must meet it's obligation to provide citizens with the fullest possible information outside the narrow limits of national security."
"The public must be informed"
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President Kennedy warned about government secrecy, and now we see it glaringly obvious in the persecution of whistleblowers Pvt. Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.
Also, increasingly, our right to assembly is being curtailed. Any move other than AWAY from the direction that Presidents Bush II and Obama have taken us is "dangerous to the idea of freedom and a free society".
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