Secrecy is a brick wall

Op-Ed piece: "Those governing us find the unrestricted flow of information a bitter pill to swallow. When questioned about their actions, they say that it's for our own safety. Does this argument stand? Is openness detrimental to security? I think not.... Secrecy chokes democracy and mitigates our ability to respond to outside threats. When government officials curb access to information, they cut themselves off from the brainpower and analytical skills of a huge community of scientists and security experts who are often far better at identifying threats than any government agency."