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  • 1) Yes, it's perfectly fine.

    2 15.38%
  • 2) It's only acceptable fine in cases of legitimate national security. Otherwise, no.

    4 30.77%
  • 3) No, it's never fine. As a taxpayer and citizen, have the right to know what my govt is doing.

    3 23.08%
  • 4) #3, but with legitimate national security exceptions.

    3 23.08%
  • 5) Other.

    1 7.69%
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    NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    NDA = Non-Disclosure Agreements. Agreements to parties in a (usually) settled lawsuit to not say or disclose anything whatsoever regarding the settlement terms.

    When government... federal, state, local, etc... settled a lawsuit against them, a NDA is a very common clause in the settlement. What do you think?

    1) Yes, it's perfectly fine.
    2) It's only acceptable fine in cases of legitimate national security. Otherwise, no.
    3) No, it's never fine. I, as a taxpayer and citizen, have the right to know what my representative government is doing.
    4) #3, but with legitimate national security exceptions.
    5) Other.

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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    Not enough information.
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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    I definitely think they are fine at least some times.

    For instance, there are certain things that the public has no legitimate purpose for knowing specifics about, such as what shape our ship propellers are or the full extent of our safety precautions in relation to nuclear power (although this would definitely be a balancing of what would ease public sentiment and what is just too much). These are also things though that could easily be used against us by those looking to hurt us, as a country.

    Certainly there are some grey areas for where the limits are for how much should be okay for disclosure and how much is too much.
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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    If I truly believed that all Americans, or even most of them, are rational and that some Party or other or the Media wouldn't pick up some little tidbit and blow it all out of proportion then I would have said, no, it's not acceptable. But the reality is that **** happens all the time and if everything were 100% open to the public then all the relatively minor things that happen would constantly be turned into a never-ending barrage of bull**** - and that happens enough already.


    I also suspect, even though I'm an amateur, that it's a viable negotiating tool for lawyers, which means it probably saves us some money at times.
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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    Options 2 and 4 are close enough to be the same thing.

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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    Secrets in government inevitably lead to suppression of citizens. Citizens should have open access to government policies to keep them honest and crack down on corruption. They only represent THEIR best interests with secrets...not ours.

    "The very notion of secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society." JFK
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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Secrets in government inevitably lead to suppression of citizens.
    Correlation and causation are not the same thing.
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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    Quote Originally Posted by AreteCourage View Post
    Secrets in government inevitably lead to suppression of citizens. Citizens should have open access to government policies to keep them honest and crack down on corruption. They only represent THEIR best interests with secrets...not ours. ...
    I also think that secrets held by private organizations, e.g for profit corporations, can lead to suppression of citizens. So?

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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    I also think that secrets held by private organizations, e.g for profit corporations, can lead to suppression of citizens. So?
    Private corporations are just that... private. Beholden only to themselves (i.e.: their stockholders).

    Public entities such as government are public. The public... read: every citizen... is the stockholder.

    What is done by an entity affects the stockholders. Shouldn't the stockholders know what the entity is doing in their name?

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    Re: NDAs: Is the government representing your best interests by keeping secrets?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Private corporations are just that... private. Beholden only to themselves (i.e.: their stockholders).

    Public entities such as government are public. The public... read: every citizen... is the stockholder.

    What is done by an entity affects the stockholders. Shouldn't the stockholders know what the entity is doing in their name?
    No it's not required that "the stockholders know what the entity is doing in their name?" And, recent experience verifies this. Also, there are many other types of private organizations that have reason to keep things secret.

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