Is this “the big lie [Obama's opponents] dare not to admit?” MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews asked last year. “They know full well he's an American. They're simply out to destroy him personally. Yes, assassinate him with their lies.” What this is trying to say is that clearly the president is a citizen but to some they just didn’t want to believe it. Also it depends on your point of view to agree if he was lying or not.
These are the words of Jesselyn Radack, a whistleblower who promoted transparency by exposing the truth to Americans. From the birth of this country, Americans have valued transparency in the government. Still, there are instances where the government is allowed to keep secrets from the American people. There has been ongoing debate on whether the American Federal government should be allowed to keep secrets from the American people. Whistleblowers are important is this debate because of their fail-safe method of creating transparency.
Although transparency reveals the people hiding the facts and exposes them to the public, the right for transparency is bigger than those people because it enables the citizens of that free democracy to act on the government decisions.When talking about transparency its hard to avoid mentioning the leading force encouraging transparency all over the world, Wikileaks. WikiLeaks is an profitless website which publishes confidential information and data leaks from unidentified sources. According to the WikiLeaks website, its goal is "to bring important news and information to the public... One of our most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth.“ Supporting Wikileaks will benefit our society by bringing us the information which has been disclosed and never shown to the public. All of us can add to the secret files which have been exposed on the website with the website protecting the whistleblowers.Wikileaks and transparency supporters, particularly transparency in politics, have been trying to reveal what has been concealed from the public. In a free democracy where people are necessary for it’s survival , they are being told what can and cannot be seen.
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