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'The Killing of Osama Bin Laden' by Seymour Hersh details a grave threat to our democracy

'The Killing of Osama Bin Laden' by Seymour Hersh details a grave threat to our democracy

Governments, in order to fulfill their national security objectives, must sometimes shroud their activities in secrecy. This is regrettable, if inevitable. But secrecy can also be employed as a kind of intellectual asphyxiant, used to choke off a population's interrogational faculties by depriving it of the capacity to make informed judgments about its government's short-term activities and long-term aims. "Secrecy is a form of regulation," wrote Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1998. "At times, in the name of national security, secrecy has put that very security in harm's way."

It is the demands of state secrecy, their distressing effects on U.S. foreign policy...

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