Member Rara Avis
I get the impression, however, that you are saying that, if the conditions do exist, then making them public, regardless of the circumstances, is ok. I hope that is not the case.
Can't speak for LR, Mike, but that's exactly what I'm saying. We're not talking about strategic secrets. We're talking about dirty laundry. If there are people breaking the law, and hurting the entire country by doing so, I certainly would like to see it stopped, not hidden.
Jim gives some great research on cause and effect, but for me it's a lot simpler than that. This country, and indeed all of civilization, does nothing but get its tail in a crack every time we decide to do what's expedient. Then end justifies the means only in the short term, NEVER in the long term, and it's high time we found leaders with a sense of what's right instead of what's best. Might it hurt? Absolutely. But as Jim established, the alternative to a little pain now for doing what's right is a whole lot of pain down the road for doing what was wrong. Even without the research Jim provided, every right-thinking adult should already know that. It's a Universal Law, I think, right up there with Gravity. If torture saves one American life today, it will cost a thousand lives when the bill eventually comes due. If hiding and protecting those breaking the law makes us look better to the rest of the world today, it will make us look far, far worse when that bill comes due, as come due it must.
The easy way, the expedient way, the safest way always, always, always ends up costing the most.