When people say, "You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide," ask them if it's fine to install cameras in their homes, not just in the living room but the bedroom and bathroom. Ask them if they'd mind wearing a microphone and video camera every day, so others can check on what they've said and done.
Every time I see some quote like the above one pushed out I'm reminded of the simple and obvious paradox in the presentation of governments that want to control everyone through police state actions.
Why not have the same attitude and conviction toward those in government? Who needs watching more than those with real power? Yet, as we've seen recently with the NYPD outrage at a judge's call for police to wear video cameras on their uniforms to verifiably document and record all their actions, it's only the weak that are supposed to be unafraid of total observation.
We're told that the secrecy is absolutely necessary to protect us, though there are examples where decades later disclosures of demanded secrecy indicated that the secrecy prevented exposure of improper and even criminal government activity.
Civilian review doesn't exist or in the few cases where it does is either powerless or a Potemkin body never actually providing real oversight. Remember the U.S. senators that were given inside information about "W" Bush's Iraq actions but were told that they could not disclose any of the information to anyone, under a very real threat of being charged and prosecuted for disclosing top secret material? U.S. Senators! U.S. President Obama has officially classified information related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Why, other than to prevent average people understanding how they will be screwed by any result? This is a treaty that will overrule U.S. laws and legal precedents. Somehow we're only supposed to be concerned about such overpowering treaties if they involve human rights.
Why aren't crimes committed by those in government given extra harsh penalties, just as crimes committed by average people against government are? It's so difficult to get a charge, much less a conviction, against those with governmental power that there's laughably little deterrent to criminal activity in government. Oh wait. I forgot about Obama's harsh treatment of those whistle blowers that disclose government abuses and crimes. It's not the crimes in government that are investigated, prosecuted and harshly punished but the disclosure of those crimes.
P.S. This comment system is terrible. Why separate the original post from the comments?