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Secrets and leaks : the dilemma of state secrecy

Author: Rahul Sagar
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : [New edition]View all editions and formats
Summary:
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 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Rahul Sagar
ISBN: 9781400880850 1400880858
OCLC Number: 1100671456
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Preface to the Paperback Edition --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction. Who Watches the Watchers? --
Chapter 1. The Problem: How to Regulate State Secrecy? --
Chapter 2. Should We Rely on Judges? Transparency and the Problem of Judicial Deference --
Chapter 3. Should We Rely on Congress? Oversight and the Problem of Executive Privilege --
Chapter 4. Should the Law Condone Unauthorized Disclosures? Fire Alarms and the Problem of Legitimacy --
Chapter 5. Should We Rely on Whistleblowers? Disobedience and the Problem of Retaliation --
Chapter 6. Should We Trust Leakers? Anonymous Sources and the Problem of Regulation --
Conclusion. Bitter Medicine --
Notes --
Selected Bibliography --
Index
Responsibility: Rahul Sagar.

Abstract:

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 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 executive's 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, and, at times, even celebrated. However, the public should treat such disclosures skeptically and subject irresponsible journalism to concerted criticism.

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