Powers of Secrecy


Secrecy is applied power. "Privacy" is power. Appropriate? Of course, but when applied in an institutional setting it must be treated with great care and should be rare. Abuses cut both ways. When coupled with positional authority and policy absent discretion(intentional and measured thoughtfulness), the danger is real and benevolent intent can quickly turn. The application of power has consequences and comes with expectations for both parties, not just one.
Danger is increased exponentially when a secret document is being created as a record.  Absent context, these documents can easily be misused and abused. 
Experience informs... that secrecy over time will become corrupt... as power corrupts almost always. 
Questions to ask when invoking a secret proceeding. Whose power am I protecting? Is it truly required? more often than not, the answer is NO.

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