We recently learned that the CIA has, on numerous occasions, kidnapped innocent people in foreign countries and then has moved them to other countries where it held them secretly. For example, there's the case discussed in a recent BBC news article:
The CIA kidnapped him [Khaled Masri] in Macedonia on Dec 31 2003, and flew him to Afghanistan, where he spent five months in appalling conditions. After realising its mistake, the administration debated whether to inform "the Germans" of the blunder, eventually dispatching the US ambassador to Germany, Daniel Coats, to tell the government, the paper said.
The kidnapping of innocent foreigners is bad enough. But then the CIA and U.S. government did everything they could to prevent both the German and U.S. public from learning about this. So the burning question I have for all of you who pretend to believe in Democratic government is how in the hell the U.S. government can justify not telling us?
Think about this for a moment. The person taken was found to be completely innocent. So any information about him isn't a secret. So the only justification for keeping this whole episode a secret is that there was a mistake (or perhaps, that it was illegal). Since when is the government allowed to prevent public access to information solely on the grounds that the information is embarrassing? This is complete nonsense! If certain people in the government (e.g., Bush) or if entire government institutions (e.g., the CIA) make a regular practice of unnecessarily hiding information from the public, we need to get rid of these people and these institutions. They don't belong in a Democratic society.