Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Can the Public Know Too Much?

I read the following on line just minutes ago:

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

It made me wonder just how much the public really needs to know. This was just the beginning of a lengthy article outlining a "finding" signed by our president. Now, not only do the Americans know that "we" are out to get Gaddafi, Gaddifi and his followers know it. I ask myself, just how successful a mission of this magnitude can be if the enemy, in this case, Gaddifi, is warned in advance.

I have to think back to WWII, and the lack of media coverage. America didn't know until "after the fact" just what was happening. It wasn't on every news channel, in every newspaper, or on the radio in advance. Secrets were kept, and thus we won the war.

Maybe if the media wasn't made aware of every thing that is being said, and done, this conflict to be ended in a shorter time.

Bear in mind, this is just an opinion, not a criticism of Obama, or his cabinet, it's just an observation by a grizzly old man sitting at the computer. But as an American, I feel like I have the right to express that opinion.

Peace (Hopefully soon)

1 comment:

Mellodee said...

Totally agree. This whole "public's right to know" has gone entirely too far. The Freedom of Information act (or whatever it's called) was part of the decline of good sense when releasing and publishing information about military and covert actions by our government. Between the media's lack of discretion and the fanatics' need to know every little thing, I fear that the phrase "Top Secret" is obsolete. Remember the old phrase "Loose lips sink ships"?? It's the same principle, but no one seems to respect the idea that some things are flat out none of their business!

How can the press feel justified in releasing this when it says right there that the President signed a SECRET ORDER???

Maybe words don't mean what I think they mean anymore....