Secrecy as Mystification of Power: Meaning and Ethics in the Security State

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    Secrecy as Mystification of Power: Meaning and Ethics in the Security State argues that post-9/J 1 federal secrecy is incompatible with two fundamental principles of the liberal state.It is incompatible with individual autonomy, understood following Simone de Beauvoir as the power to ascribe meaning to one's self and one's world, because it conceals the effects of a citizen's choices on her life. It is also incompatible with political liberty,understood following Jurgen Habermas as the opportunity to engage in the public use of reason about shared norms, because it institutionalizes the de facto unreviewable security choices of powerful elites. It is concluded that these practices are prima faciemorally objectionable.
    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1-26
    Number of pages26
    JournalI/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society
    Volume2
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2006

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