Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy Rahul Sagar

ISBN: 9781299874169

Published: January 1st 2013

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299 pages


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Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy  by  Rahul Sagar

Secrets and Leaks: The Dilemma of State Secrecy by Rahul Sagar
January 1st 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 299 pages | ISBN: 9781299874169 | 5.76 Mb

Secrets and Leaks examines the complex relationships among executive power, national security, and secrecy. State secrecy is vital for national security, but it can also be used to conceal wrongdoing. How then can we ensure that this power is usedMoreSecrets and Leaks examines the complex relationships among executive power, national security, and secrecy.

State secrecy is vital for national security, but it can also be used to conceal wrongdoing. How then can we ensure that this power is used responsibly? Typically, the onus is put on lawmakers and judges, who are expected to oversee the executive. Yet because these actors lack access to the relevant information and the ability to determine the harm likely to be caused by its disclosure, they often defer to the executives claims about the need for secrecy. As a result, potential abuses are more often exposed by unauthorized disclosures published in the press.But should such disclosures, which violate the law, be condoned?

Drawing on several cases, Rahul Sagar argues that though whistleblowing can be morally justified, the fear of retaliation usually prompts officials to act anonymously--that is, to leak information. As a result, it becomes difficult for the public to discern when an unauthorized disclosure is intended to further partisan interests. Because such disclosures are the only credible means of checking the executive, Sagar writes, they must be tolerated.

However, the public should treat such disclosures skeptically and subject irresponsible journalism to concerted criticism.



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