Re: Typhon Pact: Zero Sum Game Review thread ^The point is that without oversight, there's no check against corruption. Secrecy encourages abuses of power, and abuse of power comes easily when the security of the nation can be used as an excuse. The people of the Federation, like the people of the US, believe in certain basic principles. Those principles define their nation, their society. And the people therefore have not only a right, but a responsibility to know what is being done in their name by their appointed protectors. That doesn't mean knowing the particulars of every operation, but it does mean having enough oversight, whether directly through the attention of a responsible press or indirectly through the mediation of elected representatives, to guard against abuses and atrocities committed by defenders who take their defense too far. Now, one can quibble about how far is too far. One can argue that sometimes bending those principles is necessary for the greater good. And that may be true, but it's not the right of a small group of conspirators hidden away in a dark room to make that call on everyone else's behalf. They weren't appointed to do so. They aren't entitled to that responsibility and have no right to claim it or usurp it for themselves. That responsibility lies with the people and with those they choose as their representatives and protectors.