Thursday, March 30, 2017

Reveal information - Phrases

As my Administration previously informed Congress, I will interpret those sections consistent with my authority to direct the heads of executive departments to supervise, control and correct employees’ communications with the Congress in cases where such communications would be unlawful or would reveal information that is properly privileged or otherwise confidential.
—President Barack Obama, signing statement on National Defense Authorization Act of 2013, January 3, 2013

The prime reason for secrecy is that you don’t want the targets to know what you are doing. But often in democracies, another reason is that you don’t want your citizens to know what their government is
doing on their behalf to keep them secure, as long as it’s within their country’s law.
—Walter Pincus, in the Washington Post, December 25, 2013

It’s self-evident. If the president of the United States calls a review of everything to do with intelligence, and that information only came into the public domain through newspapers, then it is self-evident, is it not, that newspapers had done something which oversight failed to do.
—Alan Rusbridger, statement to Parliament, December 5, 2013