“Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.”
John Dalberg Lord Acton
“A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both."
"There is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know."
John F. Kennedy
They may choose to serve their own pride, their own careers, and too often personal gain above their oaths of office. And they may go to great lengths to hide mistakes and to ignore and excuse incompetency.
"He was hated and rejected, a man of sorrows, acquainted with the deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care."
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills its prophets and stones those who are sent to help her. How often I would like to have gathered your children in safety, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings. And you were not willing."