Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 28, 2010, 09:33:36 PM
Internal government operating documents should not be subject to public scrutiny any more than your personal thoughts or journal should be opened up to everyone in your personal life. Would your life benefit from your friends knowing everything that you said about them to your spouse, and vice versa?
I have to disagree with this somewhat. Should everything that happens in government always be open to the public? No. But you and your wife do not have power over millions of people, economies, and laws. It is not a fair analogy. I have to admit I err on the side of the public knowing more not less. Secrecy gives places like Iran more power not less. It is a good thing if the public know that most people, even their neighbors, think that Iran is a problem.
I can see how trust would be hurt and that other countries will worry more about talking with the US. I also agree that the soldier responsible should be punished, as he is not an ordinary citizen and should be held to a different standard. But maybe I just have a streak of anarchist in me, but I tend to like government operations to be more open and I must say I am more for the leaks than against.