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Government Secrecy: Essential or Opportunistic or Both?

Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, notes in this L.A. Times Op-Ed that, “Routinely, officials insist to courts that the nation’s security will be compromised if certain facts are revealed but then supply those same facts to trusted reporters. Sometimes the motivation for the disclosure is political and sometimes it’s personal, but in either case disclosure has little to do with the public’s need (or right) to know and everything to do with the official’s need to tell.”

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