Many believe the U.S. government knows more about controversial matters such as weed and ufo's etc than is told. Most Americans understand that government secrecy, when in the interest of national security, is proper and necessary.
The 9/11 Commission concluded in its report that too much secrecy can put our nation at risk by hindering accountabilility, oversight and information sharing. This is according to John Podesta of the Center for American Progress testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Constitution in 2008.
Mr. Podesta added that excessive secrecy slows the development of scientific and technical knowledge and short circuits public debate; eroding confidence in government actions and causes people to second-guess legitimate restrictions.
While the 9/11 Commission...