Purpose of Secrecy

Government secrecy ostensibly is to keep enemies from learning things that would make their attacks more effective. However, in practice, secrecy is mostly to lie to the people to hide evil government/military behaviour. There are more whistleblowers than you would imagine. Many wait to see if some other person makes the sacrifice. If so, they don’t need to act. They only need to act if no one else has. Consider that soldiers are often willing to lose their lives for no purpose at all — e.g. in a war where their country was not even attacked. So it is no surprise that whistleblowers are willing to sacrifice their lives to stop a war or some other extremely wrong-headed policy.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)