Eleven Secret Documents Americans Deserve to See

David Wallechinsky has written a list of eleven secret documents that he feels every American deserves to see:

Via AllGov:

Many documents produced by the U.S. government are confidential and not released to the public for legitimate reasons of national security. Others, however, are kept secret for more questionable reasons. The fact that presidents and other government officials have the power to deem materials classified provides them with an opportunity to use national security as an excuse to suppress documents and reports that would reveal embarrassing or illegal activities.

I’ve been collecting the stories of unreleased documents for several years. Now I have chosen 11 examples that were created—and buried—by both Democratic and Republican administrations and which cover assassinations, spying, torture, 50-year-old historical events, presidential directives with classified titles and…trade negotiations.

1. Obama Memo Allowing the Assassination of U.S. Citizens

When the administration of George W. Bush was confronted with cases of Americans fighting against their own country, it responded in a variety of ways. John Walker Lindh, captured while fighting with the Taliban in December 2001, was indicted by a federal grand jury and sentenced to 20 years in prison. José Padilla was arrested in Chicago in May 2002 and held as an “enemy combatant” until 2006 when he was transferred to civilian authority and, in August 2007, sentenced to 17 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorism. Adam Gadahn, who has made propaganda videos for al-Qaeda, was indicted for treason in 2006 and remains at large.

Read the other ten.

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  • emperorreagan

    The US government should release everything. Complete transparency.

    They’re constantly using the “if you aren’t doing anything wrong” and “issue X trumps privacy” sort of logic to push back against privacy.

    Well, fuck you right back. If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you should be happy to open everything up. And I need to know what you’re up to if I’m going to accept the whole pretense of elections and representative government. If I’m not informed of what you’re up to, I can’t cast an informed vote.

  • Brett

    If you interpret anything in life with an anti-perspective eye you will find just that.

  • BuzzCoastin

    when in it’s history has the US government been transparent?
    when has any government been transparent?

    it’s one thing for a government pimp to write:
    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

    it’s another thing for a government to actually hold these truths to be self-evident
    and act accordingly

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