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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

McMasters on Patriot Act: Excessive Secrecy Can Be Curtain Covering Incompetence or Worse

First Amendment Center's Paul McMasters makes this key point about the perils of excessive government secrecy in the course of describing problems with the Patriot Act:

"The problem with excessive government secrecy is that it is a refuge for incompetence - or worse. It is a policy reeking of desperation - or worse. It is reflexive rather than deliberate, defeatist rather than courageous. And in the end it hides not only what our leaders know but,
more important, what they don't know."


I don't always agree with Paul but I always read him. You should, too.