Where are the discussions on fundamental issues, questions like whether a president should be allowed to lie in public or how the intrusion of politics in intelligence gathering can mess up priorities.
A fine question Koesj. Is it alright for the government to lie, mislead, or withhold information from the public it serves in the interest of National security?
I think the answer is 'yes'. I think that the fact of the matter is that it is not incumbent on the government or the military to inform the public of every action it takes or why. I think that the government officials are elected and entrusted with the power to make those decisions. Not to say that the public shouldn't be informed or educated, but that when National security is on the line, the Government has a responsibility to protect national interests. And when that conflicts with disseminating information, national interests come first. Note, this is not an abridgement of freedoms. Nowhere are we given the right to know everything. It is only with the rise of the mass media that we have been instilled with the idea that we somehow are entitled to be privy to every decision and conversation.
The mass media is concerned with ratings and scooping each other for ratings. As a result, the public is fed with sensational story after overblown sensational story. This makes the actual act of governance exceedingly difficult. On top of that, our enemies know of our own media's rabid desire to report things best left hidden, and scrutinize every news story for beneficial information. Hell, Geraldo gave away troop locations and intentions on TV.