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Re: MoD File Release

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Sun, 25 May 2008 19:03:04 +0100
Archived: Sun, 25 May 2008 16:59:34 -0400
Subject: Re: MoD File Release


>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 00:12:20 +0100
>Subject: Re: MoD File Release

>>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 19:40:25 +0100
>>Subject: Re: MoD File Release

><snip>

>>The timing of this particular embarrassment for the MoD should
>>serve as a salutary warning for those who, for whatever reason,
>>want to believe that the MoD is telling the truth, the whole
>>truth, and nothing but the truth.

>Which rather illustrates my point about cover-ups - if the
>authorities are so all-powerful, why didn't they just cover this
>up?

I can't imagine a more crass comment in this context. You appear
to be of the view that because some things have come to light,
then that must mean that everything has come to light, and there
is no more to be concealed. And where did you get the idea that
anybody is suggesting that the authorities are omnipotent?

<snip>

>I'm curious to know where you think we _can_ go other than as I
>described in a previous post - misplaced records - and appeals
>against retentions?

Well Joe, let's try to satisfy your curiosity as to the
mechanics of an Open Society. We could have new laws relating to
FOI, and they could be more strongly biased in favour of public
scrutiny of government or civil service activities and
decisions. And then we could have a much more open system of
appeal. Instead of having a process whereby the burden of work
is on researchers, journalists and busybodies to extract
material, we could have a system whereby records are
automatically made public and officials have to do the work and
justify non-disclosure. We could ensure that any significant
decisions on non-disclosure have to be taken by a jury, rather
than by paid public officials. Like I said, it's a long journey!


--
Gerald O'Connell



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