Is the American government too secretive?

Question: <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> Two-thirds of Americans think the government is secretive. Do you agree?

Dennis Kucinich: <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> Well why don’t you take another poll and ask if the American people think our government is drifting towards fascism, because I think that you might be surprised at the results of the poll.  The fact of the matter is is that this government has been the most secretive government ever.  It went into war based on lies.  Now the lie is the cousin to the secret.  And when you have secrets, it’s very easy for government to be able to take the country in a different direction as opposed to the concerns that Americans ought to be having.  Let’s look at Iraq as an object case.  We went into a war based on lies.  We were told that the government had information that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and was somehow collected to Al Qaeda’s role in 9/11; that Iraq had the intention and capability of attacking the United States.  Well as all the information came out we knew it was all lies, but the secrets were there.  Secrets about Iran.  This government’s preparing to attack Iran with 30,000 pound bombs dropped on nuclear research labs, which is a war crime in motion.  The government supported wire tapping, and eavesdropping, and sophisticated invasions of people’s privacy.  It didn’t tell the American people up front what was going on.  It didn’t tell the American people that the Patriot Act meant that individuals would be able to . . . government would be able to reach deeply into the . . .  into the lives of the American people.  You see in a democracy, secrete are an anathema to democratic principles.  <!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> New Hampshire’s motto is instructive here – “Live Free or Die”.  Well we shouldn’t have to die to be free.  But you know what?  That expressed a tremendous belief in the . . . in freedom.  And we’re losing our freedoms right now, and I’m the one person running for president who stood up against the war; who stood up against the Patriot Act; who stood up against funding the war; who stood up against the buildup of war against Iran right from the beginning; who is challenging this nuclear proliferation; who is challenging the line; who’s offered impeachment articles against the Vice President who should absolutely be removed from office for lying to the American people about a cause for war.  I mean we have to go back to our Constitution which wasn’t a secret.  It was out there.

Recorded on: 11/20/07

 

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