The NSA, Snowden, and Bradley Manning: In praise of government secrecy, and the limits of perfect transparency. – Slate Magazine

Thus, the debate is not “democracy vs. security,” as the press has invariably framed it. It is, paradoxically, “democracy vs. democracy.” The secret ballot is the most famous illustration of the essential role that secrecy plays in a democracy. The secrecy of the ballot protects people from intimidation so they can vote sincerely, but it also enables a dishonest government to manipulate elections since people’s votes are not publicly verifiable.

via The NSA, Snowden, and Bradley Manning: In praise of government secrecy, and the limits of perfect transparency. – Slate Magazine.

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